Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby, one of the Knights of the Bath.
Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby, one of the Knights of the Bath.

On the night of 30th/31st May 1533, as part of the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation, which was scheduled for 1st June, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath.

Chronicler Edward Hall records:

“On Friday at dinner served the king all such as were appointed by his highness to be knights of the bath, which after dinner were brought to their chambers, and that night were bathed and shriven according to the old usage of England, and the next day in the morning the king dubbed them according to the ceremonies thereto belonging whose names ensueth.

The Marquess of Dorset. Sir William Windsor.

The Earl of Derby. Sir Frances Weston.

The Lord Clifford. Sir Thomas Arrundell.

The Lord Fitzwater. Sir John Huddelston.

The Lord Hastings. Sir Thomas Poynings.

The Lord Mountegle. Sir Henry Savile.

Sir John Mordaunt. Sir George Fitzwilliam.

The Lord Vaux. Sir John Tyndall.

Sir Henry Parker. Sir Thomas Germayne.”

Click here to read more about this traditional coronation ceremony and what it involved. You can view a timeline of the events in 1533 which led up to Anne’s coronation at The Events of 1533 – From Queen-in-waiting to Queen Consort.

Also on this day in history, 30th May 1536, King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour. Click here to read more about the wedding and click here to read about Jane Seymour.

Notes and Sources

Image: Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, by Hans Holbein the Younger.

  • Hall, Edward (1809) Hall’s chronicle: containing the history of England, during the reign of Henry the Fourth, and the succeeding monarchs, to the end of the reign of Henry the Eighth, in which are particularly described the manners and customs of those periods. Carefully collated with the editions of 1548 and 1550, J. Johnson, London, p800.

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6 thoughts on “30 May 1533 – 18 men created Knights of the Bath”
  1. Also on this day in 1536, Henry VIII married Jane Seymour.

    Happy 480th anniversary Henry & Jane, may you bodies lay in eternal peace, side by side, and your spirits rejoice together in the afterlife.

  2. Happy anniversary Henry and Jane 🙂 🙂 🙂

    A marriage conceived and tore apart by true love, it’s kind of tragically beautiful that she died from the result of the purest love two people can share with each other.

    I’m surprised you haven’t done on an article on this event, Clare!

    1. Hi Anthea,
      I have written an article on the wedding. If you scroll to near the bottom of this article there is a link to it. Hope that helps.

  3. Oh happy 480th anniversary to Jane and Henry. “What God put together, let no man put assunder”

  4. I have a completely different view of this marriage. Henry had hit 40 (approximately) and 40 had hit back. He realized he was no longer the young golden prince he had been. (And incidentally where were the stalwart sons such a macho figure should have?) So he dumped his middle-aged wife and got a new cutie. When the cutie produced only a daughter and refused to dwindle into a Stepford Wife he had her killed and got a woman who knew her place and her part. Jane and her family saw to it that she was in the right place at the right time with the right attitude and answers. I know historians say her family guided and tutored her, but she was 27 years old! In those days that was almost middle age! She must have had courage to get so close to a proven killer, and I respect her for it. If she had lived and kept on saying only, “Yes, dear,” whatever he said or did and kept on producing sons, she might have been Henry’s final wife. Of course she died of an infection, so we cannot know if she would have managed a natural death or whether she would have been another victim of court intrigue as so nearly happened to Catherine Parr. Of course everyone has a right to their opinion, but I can’t get sentimental over this marriage.

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