Epiphany and a royal wedding

| January 6, 2017

Epiphany and a royal wedding

Today, 6th January, is Epiphany, the feast day celebrating the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and a day which brought the Twelve Days of Christmas to a close in medieval and Tudor England. Epiphany at the royal court was celebrated with feasting and pageantry, and you can find out all about it […]

Henry VIII tapestry found? No

| December 30, 2016

Thank you so much to Jena Gonzalez for sharing this news with me. It has been reported that a long-lost tapestry thought to have been owned by King Henry VIII has been found in a New York rug shop by historian Mary Beard. Here are links to news articles and photos of the find: Long-lost […]

24 December 1545 – King Henry VIII’s last ever speech to Parliament

| December 24, 2016

On 24th December 1545, King Henry VIII made his final speech to Parliament. Historian Robert Hutchinson describes the speech as “both measured and compelling”, and writes of how Henry wanted “to impart a stern message” to all of his subjects. Lord Chancellor Thomas Wriothesley would normally have given the address, but Wriothesley was unpopular at […]

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 […]