11 November – A rather stressed George Boleyn and a move for Catherine Howard

Posted By on November 11, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. The purpose of the diplomatic mission he was leading was to renew Anglo-French relations.

George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, had been put in charge of meeting the admiral and escorting him on his journey from the south coast to London, but it was no easy task. The admiral did not make things easy at all, and George was rather stressed about the situation.

Find out what happened, and how and why the ambassador’s visit was bad news all round for the Boleyns, in today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video.

The video is based on an article I wrote for the Anne Boleyn Files, so if you prefer reading articles to watching videos, you can click here.

Book recommendation – George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat by Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 11th November 1541, the feast of Martinmas, King Henry VIII’s council sent Archbishop Thomas Cranmer a letter containing instructions to move Queen Catherine Howard from Hampton Court Palace to Syon House, formerly Syon Abbey.

Find out more about the instructions that Cranmer was given, what the queen was sent for her time at Syon, what else happened on this day in 1541, and hear some trivia about the people in charge of Catherine’s household at Syon, in last year’s video:

Today, many countries are marking Armistice Day, and you can click here to read more about it.

Today is also Martinmas, a feast day marked in medieval and Tudor times, and you can click here to find out more about it.

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