15 June 1536 – The King’s council bullies Mary

| June 15, 2015

15 June 1536 – The King’s council bullies Mary

On 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent members of his council, led by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to visit his daughter Mary at her home at Hunsdon. Their mission was to persuade her, or rather bully her, into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England, and acknowledging that she […]

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for Queen Jane Seymour

| June 7, 2015

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for Queen Jane Seymour

On 7th June 1536, three days after she had been proclaimed queen at Greenwich, there was a water pageant, or procession, on the Thames in honour of the new Queen, Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley records the event as follows: “Also, the 7th daie of June, being Wednesdaie in Whitson weeke, […]

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour proclaimed Queen at Greenwich

| June 4, 2015

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour proclaimed Queen at Greenwich

According to Charles Wriothesley, chronicler and Windsor Herald, it was on 4th June 1536, Whitsunday, that Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, was proclaimed queen: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane Seymor was proclaymed Queene at Greenewych, and went in procession, after the King, with a great traine of ladies […]

2 June 1536 – Jane Seymour appears in public as queen

| June 2, 2015

2 June 1536 – Jane Seymour appears in public as queen

On this day in history, Friday 2nd June 1536, Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, made her first public appearance at Greenwich. Sir John Russell recorded this in a letter to Lord Lisle: “On Friday last [2nd June] the Queen sat abroad as Queen, and was served by her own servants, who were sworn that […]

30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

| May 30, 2015

30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

On Tuesday 30th May 1536, King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour, soldier and courtier, and of Margery Wentworth, in the Queen’s Closet at York Place (Whitehall). Henry and Jane had become betrothed on 20th May, the day after the execution of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, and chronicler Charles Wriothesley […]

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

| May 27, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

A big thank you to Olga Hughes, editor of Nerdalicious and regular contributor to Tudor Life magazine, for writing this wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn. There is something distinctly discomfiting about Henry VIII’s judicial murder of his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. It is not only the terrible tragedy that befell her at […]

26 May 1536 – Mary asks for Cromwell’s help

| May 26, 2015

26 May 1536 – Mary asks for Cromwell’s help

On 26th May 1536, one week after her stepmother’s execution, Henry VIII’s daughter Mary wrote to Thomas Cromwell asking him to intercede with her father on her behalf. It appears that Mary held Anne Boleyn responsible for her ill-treatment and the breach in her relationship with her father, and is hopeful that Cromwell can help […]

20 May 1536 – A Secret Betrothal

| May 20, 2015

20 May 1536 – A Secret Betrothal

On 20th May 1536, the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution and the day after Archbishop Cranmer had issued a dispensation allowing Henry VIII to marry Jane Seymour, the couple became betrothed. Chapuys recorded this betrothal in a postscript to a letter to Seigneur de Granvelle: “Has just been informed, the bearer of this having already […]