14 November 1532 – The first secret marriage?

| November 14, 2016

According to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn on St Paul’s Day 1533, i.e. 25th January 1533, in a ceremony that was so secret that even Cranmer did not find out about it until several weeks after the happy event. However, this may not have been the first secret marriage ceremony for […]

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2016

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

All Souls’ Day is the feast day when forgotten souls, those souls in purgatory who might not have any masses or prayers being said for them, are remembered and it was at the special All Souls’ mass of 1541 that Henry VIII’s happy world came crashing down. Previous to this, Henry VIII had been blissfully […]

21 October 1532 – Henry VIII goes to Boulogne and Anne Boleyn stays in Calais

| October 21, 2016

21 October 1532 – Henry VIII goes to Boulogne and Anne Boleyn stays in Calais

On this day in history, 21st October 1532, King Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, at Calais while he rode to Boulogne to spend four days at the French court with King Francis I. Read more… Also on this day in history, 21st October 1536, during the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, Robert Aske […]

14 October 1536 – A proper rebellion

| October 14, 2016

14 October 1536 – A proper rebellion

By 14th October the uprising in the north had turned into a proper rebellion, one that came to be known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. On 13th October, Lord Darcy had reported to Henry VIII that “most of the East Riding […] Marshland, Snathe, and others of the West Riding […] Dent, Sedbar, Richmondshire, Middleham, […]

11 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are Calais bound

| October 11, 2016

11 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are Calais bound

On this day in history, 11 October 1532, at just before dawn, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Dover in the King’s ship The Swallow. Their destination was Calais and the purpose of their trip was to gain King Francis I of France’s support for their relationship and their quest […]

2 October 1528 – The Obedience of the Christian Man by William Tyndale

| October 2, 2016

2 October 1528 – The Obedience of the Christian Man by William Tyndale

On this day in history, 2nd October 1528, English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale published his book The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern. In his book, Tyndale wrote that rulers were accountable to God, not the Pope. As I have written before, Anne Boleyn owned a copy […]

16 September 1541 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Howard visit York

| September 16, 2016

16 September 1541 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Howard visit York

On this day in 1541, King Henry VIII entered the city of York through Walmgate Bar, and was met by the city’s officials at Fulford Cross. The mayor and the aldermen of the city then begged forgiveness from the King for the North’s rebellion during the Pilgrimage of Grace, and gave the King and his […]

Writing about Anne Boleyn’s final years (plus a giveaway!) – Sandra Vasoli

| September 7, 2016

Writing about Anne Boleyn’s final years (plus a giveaway!) – Sandra Vasoli

I am honoured to welcome historical novelist and my good friend Sandra Vasoli to the Anne Boleyn Files today on day 3 of the book tour for Truth Endures, her second ‘Je Anne Boleyn’ novel. MadeGlobal Publishing is offering a paperback set of Je Anne Boleyn books (Struck with the Dart of Love and Truth […]