16 October 1532 – The Meeting with the Great Mayster of Fraunce

Anne, duc de Montmorency
Anne, duc de Montmorency
On 16th October, while Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII were lodged in Calais, the Duke of Norfolk, Earl of Derby and a group of gentleman met with “the great mayster of Fraunce” Anne, duc de Montmorency, and his men at the English Pale, six miles outside of Calais. This meeting was to plan where Henry VIII would meet Francis I.

After the meeting, the two groups rode back to Calais, where they dined with Henry VIII.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had left England for Calais on 11th October and stayed in Calais together until 21st October when Henry left Anne to meet Francis I and travel on to Boulogne. Henry VIII was still married to Catherine of Aragon at this point, but Anne acted as his consort on this trip. He had raised her to the title of Marquis of Pembroke in preparation for this trip and had also presented her with a collection of jewels.

The main purpose of this trip was for Henry and Anne to gain Francis I’s public recognition and approval of their relationship. Henry wanted Francis to then meet with the Pope and push the case for the annulment of Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

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9 thoughts on “16 October 1532 – The Meeting with the Great Mayster of Fraunce”
  1. Is that a Holbein sketch? What an amazing talent he had at bringing the subject to life. Thanks to his sketches, these Tudor characters become less of a fantasy and more of a reality.

  2. Where the Dukes not admitted to the highest ranks of French chivalry at a later meeting and Montmorency given the garter in return?

    1. Yes, Montmorency was made a Knight of the Garter along with Philippe de Chabot, Admiral of France, on 28th October 1532. The Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk had been invested with the Order of St Michel a few days earlier.

    1. It’s pronounced “Ahn”, the same as they’d pronounce Anne Boleyn’s name. It has been used as both a male and female name in France, and also as a male name in the Netherlands.

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