29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio Lands at Dover

| September 29, 2014

29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio Lands at Dover

On 29th September 1528 Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate, landed at Dover on the Kent coast. He had arrived in preparation for hearing the case for the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at a special legatine court. You can read more about this in my article […]

Anne’s Most Telling Piece of Jewelry – Guest Post by Brittany Frazza

| September 23, 2014

Anne’s Most Telling Piece of Jewelry – Guest Post by Brittany Frazza

Today we have a guest article from student Brittany Frazza who is just about to embark on a PhD course – thank you Brittany! A strand of understated pearls with a gold ‘B’ pendant, adorned with three teardrop shaped pearls suspended from under the letter… It’s safe to say that Anne Boleyn is synonymous with […]

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

| September 17, 2014

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

The Tudors series would have us believe that Henry VIII first noticed Anne Boleyn at the Château Vert Pageant, just after Anne had made her debut at the English court, but the first solid evidence we have of Henry VIII being in love with Anne is Henry’s request to the Pope in August 1527 for […]

16 September 1541- Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Enter York on their Progress

| September 16, 2014

16 September 1541- Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Enter York on their Progress

On 16 September 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 wife, […]

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is created Marquis of Pembroke in her own right

| September 1, 2014

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is created Marquis of Pembroke in her own right

On 1st September 1532, Anne Boleyn was created Marquis of Pembroke, a title in her own right, at a ceremony at Windsor Castle. The purpose of the granting of the title was to “fit” Anne for the European stage, in readiness for the couple’s upcoming meeting with King Francis I of France. Despite years of […]

Monarch Film Premiere Tickets Competition

| August 29, 2014

Monarch Film Premiere Tickets Competition

Win a pair of tickets to the film premiere of the newly restored Henry VIII film MONARCH starring TP McKenna and Jean Marsh, followed by a Q&A with double BAFTA nominated Writer and Director, John Walsh. Sunday 14th September 3pm The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR Box Office: 020 7328 1000 […]

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Nicholas Poyntz

| August 21, 2014

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Nicholas Poyntz

As part of their summer progress to the south-west of England, on 21st August 1535 King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn visited courtier Nicholas Poyntz at his home, Acton Court, in south Gloucestershire.The progress also included a stay with the Walsh Family at Little Sodbury Manor on 23rd August. This royal progress was not […]

Katherine Howard – Was she really Henry VIII’s “rose without a thorn”?

| August 19, 2014

Katherine Howard – Was she really Henry VIII’s “rose without a thorn”?

Thank you to Lauryn Poe for inspiring this post and to Conor Byrne, Marilyn Roberts and Judith Loriente for the subsequent discussions on this issue. Lauryn contacted me last month to ask me whether I knew of a primary source for Henry VIII referring to Katherine Howard as his “rose without a thorn”. I was […]