On this day in history, 11th October 1532, Anne Boleyn, sweetheart of Henry VIII and a woman who’d just been made Marquess of Pembroke, set off on an important trip.
Anne Boleyn was accompanying the king, acting as his consort, on a trip to Calais to meet King Francis I of France. Henry VIII wanted to obtain the French king’s support for his relationship with Anne Boleyn and for the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
Find out more about this trip, what happened and what happened next, in my latest “on this day in Tudor history” video:
Other videos on this trip:
Also on this day in Tudor history, 11th October 1537, there was a solemn procession and prayers said for Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, who was in labour with her first and only child, Edward. In last year’s video, I share contemporary accounts of the procession and Jane’s labour:
On this day in Tudor history, 2nd October 1514, Henry VIII’s beloved youngest sister, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, set sail from Dover. She was on her way to France to marry fifty-two-year-old King Louis XII of France. She wasn’t keen on the idea, but her brother had promised that when Louis died, she could marry a man of her choosing.
Things didn’t go to plan with the journey though, and Mary encounter rough seas – not good in a Tudor ship!
You can find out more about her departure and journey in the video below.
Why have I shared this with you today? Well, it’s because Anne Boleyn was recalled from serving at Margaret of Austria’s court because she had been appointed to serve Mary Tudor in France. You can read all about it in my article Anne Boleyn and the French Court 1514-1521.
2nd October also has another “on this day” event linked to Anne Boleyn, for it was on 2nd October 1528 that reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale’s book “The Obedience of a Christian Man” was published in Antwerp.
Anne owned a copy of this book and it ended up in Henry VIII’s hands. What Henry read in that book set him on his path to breaking with Rome. How? What happened? I explain in this video:
A big thank you to composer and music producer Roberto Lorenz who has written this guest article for us today about his album, “Music for Anne Boleyn – Court music from her rise and reign”, which was released on 7th September 2020. Over to Roberto… Ever since my history teacher first mentioned her, I’ve been […]
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