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28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais with Francis I

Posted By on October 28, 2014

Anne, duc de Montmorency

Anne, duc de Montmorency

Monday 28th October 1532 was the last full day of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s time with Francis I in Calais. The Maner of the Tryumphe of Cales and Bulleyn, which was printed in 1533 by Wykyn de Worde, gives us details of what happened that day:

“And vpon monday whiche was the. xxix. day of October at Caleys our kyng made the great mayster of Fraunce and the admyrall of Fraunce knyghtes of the garter. And that daye there was a greate wrastelynge betwene englysshe men and frensshe men before bothe the kynges the frensshe kynge had none but preestes that wrasteled which were bygge men and stronge they were bretherne but they had moost falles.”

If you didn’t quite understand that, it tells us that there was a chapter of the Order of the Garter, where Henry VIII made Anne, duc de Montmorency and Grand Master of France, and Philippe de Chabot, Admiral of France, Knights of the Garter, and the entertainment that day included a wrestling match which saw the French having “the most falls”. The English Cornish wrestlers provided by Sir William Godolphin beat the French side and this time Henry VIII refrained from challenging Francis to a wrestling match, something he had done at the 1520 Field of Cloth of Gold when the French King had beaten him.

Notes and Sources

  • LP v. 1093, 1168 – Letters from William Godolphin to Cromwell
  • Hall’s Chronicle, Edward Hall, p794
  • The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys and Bulleyn and The noble tryumphaunt coronacyon of Quene Anne, wyfe unto the most noble kynge Henry VIII, Wynkyn de Worde, p15
  • Francis I, R. J. Knecht, p226
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