1st September 1532 – Anne Boleyn Becomes Marquis of Pembroke

On this day in history, 1st September 1532, Anne Boleyn was created Marquis of Pembroke to fit her for what Eric Ives calls “the European Stage”. Anne Boleyn was not yet queen, to Henry and Anne’s annoyance, so it was essential for Anne to be given status in readiness for her impending meeting with Francis I of France, after all, as Ives points out, the last time she had met the French King was as a lady-in-waiting to his wife, Queen Claude.

You can read more about this day and the ceremony in my post “Anne Boleyn Becomes Marquis of Pembroke” which I have updated with records of the ceremony from the Letters and Papers of Henry VIII’s reign. Interestingly, “The Tudors” was spot on when they dressed Natalie Dormer in crimson velvet and ermine for this scene.

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