28 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s Last Full Day in Calais

Posted By on October 28, 2013

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 day’s events included 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.

The entertainment that day included bear baiting and a wrestling match, which saw the English Cornish wrestlers provided by Sir William Godolphin beat the French side. 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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