13 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and Maundy Thursday

| April 13, 2014

13 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and Maundy Thursday

Yesterday I wrote about Anne Boleyn attending Easter Eve mass as Queen and now we fast-forward three years and find her taking part in Easter celebrations just over a month before her execution. On the 13th April 1536, Maundy Thursday, Anne Boleyn did her duty as Queen, distributing Maundy money (alms) and washing the feet […]

George Boleyn Video 8 – George and the Fall of Anne Boleyn

| April 4, 2014

George Boleyn Video 8 – George and the Fall of Anne Boleyn

In Part 8 of our video series answering your questions on George Boleyn, Clare Cherry and I discuss why George Boleyn was dragged down with his sister, Anne, in May 1536.

2nd April 1536 – John Skip’s Controversial Sermon

| April 2, 2014

2nd April 1536 – John Skip’s Controversial Sermon

The following is an excerpt from my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown… On the 2nd April 1536, Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached an incredibly controversial sermon on the Old Testament story of Queen Esther. This sermon did not help Anne’s already troubled relationship with Cromwell. As well as serving as a […]

An Inventory of Boleyn Grants – Spring 1536

| March 3, 2014

An Inventory of Boleyn Grants – Spring 1536

In Letters and Papers for 3rd March 1536 is the following record: “List of grants by the King to Thos. Boleyn, earl of Wiltshire, and Geo. Boleyn, lord Rochford, from 29 April 14 Hen. VIII. to 3 March 27 Hen. VIII.” As Julia Fox says, in her book on Jane Boleyn, this inventory “suggests that […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn “Miscarried of her Saviour”

| January 29, 2014

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn “Miscarried of her Saviour”

On 29th January 1536, the same day that Catherine of Aragon was buried, Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. You can read more about this miscarriage, my examination of the primary sources and my thoughts on the deformed foetus theory in my article Anne Boleyn’s […]

24 January 1536 – A Serious Jousting Accident for Henry VIII

| January 24, 2014

24 January 1536 – A Serious Jousting Accident for Henry VIII

On 24th January 1536, at Greenwich Palace, the forty-four year-old King Henry VIII suffered a serious acccident while jousting. We have three main contemporary reports of the accident: one from Eustace Chapuys, Emperor Charles V’s ambassador in England, another from Dr Pedro Ortiz, Charles V’s ambassador in Rome, and a further one from chronicler and […]

8 January 1536 – The King was clad all over in yellow

| January 8, 2014

8 January 1536 – The King was clad all over in yellow

According to Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, on Sunday 8th January, the day after Catherine of Aragon’s death, Henry VIII “was clad all over in yellow, from top to toe, except the white feather he had in his bonnet” and he paraded the two-year old Princess Elizabeth to mass “with trumpets and other great triumphs”.1 […]

7 January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife of Henry VIII

| January 7, 2014

7 January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon, First Wife of Henry VIII

On 7th January 1536, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Catherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle. She had been ill for a few months, but felt worse after drinking a draught of Welsh ale in December 1535. This, combined with the embalmer’s report that all of her organs were healthy apart from her heart, […]