Jousting: A Dangerous Sport

| June 30, 2015

Jousting: A Dangerous Sport

If you follow The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page or you have my On This Day in Tudor History book you will know that today is the anniversary of a horrible jousting accident in 1559. On 30th June 1559, Henry II of France suffered a mortal head wound while jousting at the Place Royale at […]

26 June 1535 – Arrangements made for Sir Thomas More’s trial

| June 26, 2015

26 June 1535 – Arrangements made for Sir Thomas More’s trial

On this day in history, 26th June 1535, a new commision of oyer and terminer was appointed for the county of Middlesex. The commission ordered the Sheriff of Middlesex to gather the Grand Jury on the 28th June at Westminster Hall. “Oyer and terminer” comes from the French “to hear and to determine” and denotes […]

24 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon crowned at Westminster Abbey

| June 24, 2015

24 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon crowned at Westminster Abbey

Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen at a joint ceremony at Westminster Abbey on 24th June 1509, the feast of St John the Baptist. It was also Midsummer’s Day, a day associated with fairies and magic, and it was traditional for fires to be burned on Midsummer’s […]

22 June 1528 – William Carey died of sweating sickness

| June 22, 2015

22 June 1528 – William Carey died of sweating sickness

On 22nd June 1528, William Carey, husband of Mary Boleyn and an Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII, died of sweating sickness. The 1528 outbreak hit London in May 1528, causing the court to be broken up and the king and queen to flee to Waltham Abbey. We know from the reports of […]

21 June 1529 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2015

21 June 1529 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon appeared in front of Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. Cardinal Wolsey’s biographer and gentleman usher, George Cavendish, describes how the King sat under a cloth of estate and Catherine “sat some distance beneath the king”. Also […]

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon marry at Greenwich

| June 11, 2015

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon marry at Greenwich

On 11th June 1509, seventeen year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three year-old Catherine of Aragon, his brother Arthur’s widow, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. The wedding was low-key and was a private ceremony with just two witnesses: George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury and Lord Steward of the King’s Household, and William Thomas, […]

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell is arrested

| June 10, 2015

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell is arrested

On this day in history, at 3pm on 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex. Lord Great Chamberlain and Lord Privy Seal, was arrested during a meeting of the Privy Council at Westminster. In a letter to Anne, duc de Montmorency, Charles de Marillac, the French ambassador wrote of Cromwell’s arrest: “To commence […]

1st June 1533 – The noble triumphant coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2015

1st June 1533 – The noble triumphant coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn

On Whit Sunday 1533, 1st June, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer at Westminster Abbey. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had waited six years for this day and they must have felt real triumph and joy. Anne was queen and she was pregnant, all was good with the world. The […]