30 October 1485 – Coronation of Henry VII

| October 30, 2014

30 October 1485 – Coronation of Henry VII

On this day in 1485, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry Tudor, was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey. The Tudor chronicler, Raphael Holinshed, recorded: “…with great pompe he rowed unto Westminster, & there the thirtith daie of October he was with all ceremonies accustomed, anointed, & crowned king, by the whole assent […]

29 October 1532 – Henry VIII says Goodbye to Francis I

| October 29, 2014

29 October 1532 – Henry VIII says Goodbye to Francis I

On 29th October 1532, according to Wynkyn de Word, Henry VIII accompanied Francis I to Morgison, situated seven miles outside of Calais, and bid farewell to him there. Francis I then carried on to Paris: “And vpon the. xxix. daye of October the frensshe kynge departed fro Caleys to Parys ward and our kynge brought […]

28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais

| October 28, 2014

28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais

Monday 28th October 1532 was the last full day of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s time with Francis I in Calais. The Maner of the Tryumphe of Cales and Bulleyn, which was printed in 1533 by Wykyn de Worde, gives us details of what happened that day: “And vpon monday whiche was the. xxix. day […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes a dramatic entrance at the banquet in Calais

| October 27, 2014

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes a dramatic entrance at the banquet in Calais

On 27 October 1532 Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke and Henry’s consort in all but name, made a dramatic entrance at the banquet held by Henry VIII in Francis I’s honour at Calais. Chronicler Edward Hall describes Anne’s entrance: “After supper came in the Marchiones of Penbroke, with. vii. ladies in Maskyng apparel, of straunge […]

25 October 1532 – Francis I makes Norfolk and Suffolk Knights of the Order of St Michel

| October 25, 2014

25 October 1532 – Francis I makes Norfolk and Suffolk Knights of the Order of St Michel

On 25th October 1532 King Francis I of France made Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Knights of the Order of St Michel, which was the French equivalent of the Order of the Garter. Wynkyn de Worde recorded this event in his The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys […]

21 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn Stays in Calais while Henry VIII meets with Francis I

| October 21, 2014

21 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn Stays in Calais while Henry VIII meets with Francis I

On 21st October 1532, Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn in Calais to spend four days with Francis I, “his beloved brother”, at the French court in Bolougne. When Henry and Anne’s trip to Calais had first been planned, Anne had wanted to attend the meeting at the French court in Boulogne as Henry’s consort. She […]

19 October 1536 – Henry VIII Gets Tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

| October 19, 2014

19 October 1536 – Henry VIII Gets Tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

On the 19th October 1536, Henry VIII got tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace rebels. In a letter to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Henry wrote: “You are to use all dexterity in getting the harness and weapons of the said rebels brought in to Lincoln or other sure places, and cause all the boats […]

6 October 1536 – William Tyndale’s Execution

| October 6, 2014

6 October 1536 – William Tyndale’s Execution

The 6th October 1536 is the traditional date given for the execution of reformer, scholar and Bible translator, William Tyndale. Tyndale, whose works include The Obedience of a Christian Man (a book Anne Boleyn shared with Henry VIII), had incurred the wrath of Henry VIII after the publication of his The Practyse of Prelates” in […]