Posted By Claire on October 25, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 25th October 1532, King Henry VIII returned to the English territory of Calais following his visit to the French court at Boulogne. It was time for him to play host now to King Francis I of France and the French party who had travelled to Calais with him.
But before they set off from Boulogne, King Francis I wanted to show France’s friendship by honouring two English noblemen by making them Knights of the Order of St Michel.
After that ceremony, Henry VIII and Francis I made their way to Calais, where they were greeted in a spectacular fashion. However, they were not greeted by the English king’s sweetheart, his consort for this trip, Anne Boleyn. Francis I sent her a gift though.
Find out more about this day in 1532 and the gift Francis I sent Anne Boleyn in today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video.
The 1532 trip so far:
- Friday 11 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn set sail from Dover on The Swallow at Dawn and arrive at Calais at 10 o’clock in the morning.
- Wednesday 16 October 1532 – While Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII are lodged in Calais, the Duke of Norfolk, Earl of Derby and a group of gentleman meet with Anne, duc de Montmorency, “the great mayster of Fraunce”, and his men at the English Pale, six miles outside of Calais.
- Monday 21 October 1532 – Henry VIIIleaves Anne Boleyn in Calais to spend four days with Francis I, “his beloved brother”, at the French court in Boulogne. See https://youtu.be/ZB8WUZlqYFY
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