11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

| April 11, 2014

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

On 11th April 1533 Henry VIII informed his Council that Anne was his rightful wife and Queen and that she should be accorded with royal honours.1 On the same day Thomas Cranmer, the newly consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to the King “Beseeching the King very humbly to allow him to determine his great cause […]

A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII

| April 10, 2014

A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII

Today we have a guest post from Natasha Gennady Robinson, part one of a two-part series. Thank you so much, Natasha, for writing this wonderful article for us. Over to Natasha… There is but one portrait said to be of Catherine Knollys (née Carey), though as with the current trends, many historians seek to dispel […]

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

| April 9, 2014

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

On 9th April 1533, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, received a visit from members of the King’s Council, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The purpose of their visit was to inform Catherine that Henry VIII was now married to Anne Boleyn and that Catherine was no longer queen. […]

Q&A with author Lauren Mackay on Eustace Chapuys

| March 31, 2014

Q&A with author Lauren Mackay on Eustace Chapuys

Thank you so much to Lauren Mackay for sharing her thoughts on Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, with us today as part of her book tour. I’ve been corresponding with Lauren for a number of years and I’m thrilled that she’s written a biography on Chapuys, a fascinating man and an invaluable primary source. Over […]

George Boleyn – His Education, Career and Relationship with Henry VIII

| March 28, 2014

George Boleyn – His Education, Career and Relationship with Henry VIII

Part 4 of our video series on George Boleyn is George’s education, career and relationship with Henry VIII. People have been asking me how Clare and I chose the topics to talk about, well, they were based on questions left here on The Anne Boleyn Files a couple of weeks ago – see George Boleyn […]

23 March 1534 – Parliament Passes the First Act of Succession

| March 23, 2014

23 March 1534 – Parliament Passes the First Act of Succession

On this day in 1534, the First Act of Succession was passed by Parliament. It vested the succession in the heirs of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and it required subjects to swear an oath, the Oath of Succession, renouncing any foreign authority and recognising Anne Boleyn as Henry VIII’s wife and […]

15 March 1532 Archbishop Warham angers Henry VIII

| March 15, 2014

15 March 1532 Archbishop Warham angers Henry VIII

According to Carlo Capello, the Venetian ambassador, on 15th March 1532 William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, criticised Henry VIII in the House of Lords when Parliament was discussing the proposed annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. In response, the King used “foul language to him, saying that were it not for his […]

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

| March 10, 2014

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

On this day in 1524, the thirty-two year-old King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident after he forgot to lower his visor in a joust against Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Tudor chronicler, Edward Hall, gives the following account of the accident: “The 10th day of March, the king having a new harness [armour] made […]