Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day by Danielle Marchant

Posted By on December 13, 2017

Thank you to author Danielle Marchant for visiting us today and sharing this article as part of the celebrations for the release of her latest historical novel, The Treacheries of Fortune, the third book in her “The Lady Rochford Saga”.

The 1st June 1533 not only saw Anne Boleyn’s triumph, her coronation; it was also a triumph for the Parker family, particularly for Jane Boleyn and her brother, Henry Parker.

On the 30th or 31st May, Jane’s brother, Henry Parker, was made a Knight of the Bath. Creating Kings of the Bath had been a coronation ritual for over two hundred years, and Henry was following in the footsteps of his and Jane’s father, Henry Parker, Lord Morley, who had become a Knight of the Bath when Henry VIII was crowned in 1509. Now for his son, becoming a Knight involved a series of rituals.

First Henry would have served the King water, or a dish from the first course at dinner, “in token that they shall never bear none after that day”. He was then taken to the White Tower along with seventeen other young men. They would have had individual baths, with pieces of soap wrapped in clean white linen cloths prepared for them. Their hair would have been cut and their beards shaved, then permission was asked from the King to proceed with the bath itself. The men were then lowered into their baths where they would take the oath of Knighthood.

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10 December 1541 – The executions of Culpeper and Dereham at Tyburn

Posted By on December 10, 2017

On this day in history, 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, a gentleman of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn.

Both had been found guilty of high treason for their relationships with the queen at their trial on 1st December 1541 and had been sentenced to a full traitor’s death, i.e. being hanged, drawn and quartered. Culpeper was ‘lucky’ in that his sentence was commuted to beheading, but Dereham was “hanged, membered, bowelled, headed, and quartered” , a truly horrific death.

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Picture: Stone marking the site of the Tyburn Tree, i.e. the gallows, on the traffic island at the junction of Edgware Road, Bayswater Road and Oxford Street (Wikipedia).

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