In defence of the second wife by Clare Cherry

| May 23, 2016

In defence of the second wife by Clare Cherry

Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, for sharing her thoughts on Anne Boleyn’s position as “the other woman” and second wife. Divorce is highly distressing and stressful, especially when there is a third party involved. Sometimes couples come to the mutual decision that their marriage is at […]

23 May 1533 – The official end of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| May 23, 2016

23 May 1533 – The official end of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

I always find it odd at this time of year that I spend three weeks counting down to Anne Boleyn’s execution in 1536 and then suddenly have to shift gear and go back to the events surrounding her coronation in 1533! What very different years and only three years apart. On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop […]

20 May 1536 – King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour become betrothed

| May 20, 2016

20 May 1536 – King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour become betrothed

On 20th May 1536, at nine o’clock in the morning, King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour became secretly betrothed. Read more…

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves to Chelsea

| May 14, 2016

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves to Chelsea

On 14th May 1536, King Henry VIII sent Sir Nicholas Carew to collect Jane Seymour from Carew’s country home, where Jane had been sent previously to prevent gossip about her relationship with the King. Carew’s instructions were to bring her to a property in Chelsea, which was within a mile of the King’s lodgings. According […]

10 May 1533 – Opening of the Dunstable Court

| May 10, 2016

10 May 1533 – Opening of the Dunstable Court

Yes, for this “on this day in history” post we are taking a break from the 1536 countdown of Anne Boleyn’s fall to go back to 1533, the year that Anne Boleyn was crowned queen. On 5th April 1533, Convocation gave its ruling on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, stating that the Pope […]

5 April 1533 – Convocation rules on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| April 5, 2016

5 April 1533 – Convocation rules on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

On 5th April 1533, Convocation gave its ruling on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, stating that the Pope had no power to dispense in the case of a man marrying his brother’s widow, and that it was contrary to God’s law. Here is the record from Letters and Papers: “Notarial attestation of the […]

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII sends Jane Seymour a gift

| April 1, 2016

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII sends Jane Seymour a gift

In a letter dated 1st April 1536, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, reported to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, that he had just received a message from the Marchioness of Dorset corroborating news that he’d already heard from a “maistre gelyot”. This news was that the King had been “paying court at Greenwich” to Jane […]

23 March 1534 – The Pope rules in favour of Catherine of Aragon

| March 23, 2016

23 March 1534 – The Pope rules in favour of Catherine of Aragon

On 23rd March 1534, Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon “always hath stood, and still doth stand, firm and canonical […] and that the aforesaid Henry king of England is and shall be bound and obstrict to the matrimonial society and cohabitation with the said lady Katherine […]