Correcting the myths

| August 11, 2016

Correcting the myths

Last week, I published a guest article, Fact, by Clare Cherry in which she talked about the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. The article received lots of comments and I also received a fair few emails about it. One Anne Boleyn Files follower asked me “but why are these “notions” not […]

Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

| August 4, 2016

Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

On this day in history, 4th August 1557, Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was buried at Westminster Abbey, in a tomb on the south side of the High Altar. The requiem mass was led by the Lord Abbot of Westminster and the chief mourner at the funeral was Elizabeth, Marchioness of […]

3 August 1557 – The remains of Anne of Cleves are processed to Westminster Abbey

| August 3, 2016

3 August 1557 – The remains of Anne of Cleves are processed to Westminster Abbey

Merchant-taylor and diarist Henry Machyn recorded that on this day in history, 3rd August 1557, the body of forty-one year-old Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII, was processed from her home, Chelsea Old Manor, where she had died on 16th July, to Westminster Abbey for burial. Read more… Also on this day in […]

28 July 1540 – Fifth time lucky?

| July 28, 2016

28 July 1540 – Fifth time lucky?

On 28th July 1540, at Oatlands Palace, in Surrey, King Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, daughter of Edmund Howard and Jocasta Culpeper, and niece of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The groom was forty-nine years of age, and the bride may have been just sixteen1, and the wedding was a low-key […]

12 July 1543 – The King’s marriage to Catherine Parr

| July 12, 2016

12 July 1543 – The King’s marriage to Catherine Parr

On this day in history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII married his sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, widow of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer of Snape in Yorkshire, in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace. The chroniclers only mention the marriage in passing, giving few details: “In this yere, the […]

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

| July 9, 2016

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, just over six months after he had married Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne was declared null and void. It was also declared that both parties were free to marry again. Anne did not ever remarry, but Henry already had wife number 5 waiting in […]

3 July 1533 – Catherine, stop calling yourself queen!

| July 3, 2016

3 July 1533 – Catherine, stop calling yourself queen!

Well, that’s what Thomas Cromwell’s instructions to William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy and Catherine of Aragon’s Chamberlain, on this day in 1533 amounted to. King Henry VIII was now married to Anne Boleyn, and so had a new queen consort, and “As the King cannot have two wives he cannot permit the Dowager to persist […]

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII’s Northern Progress begins

| June 30, 2016

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII’s Northern Progress begins

On the 30th June 1541, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, set off from London on their royal progress to the North, aiming to return to Hampton Court Palace by “All Hallowtide”. It was the norm for Henry VIII to go on royal progress in the summer months. London could be unbearable […]