25 October – Twin saints and Francis I’s gift to Anne Boleyn

Today, 25th October, is a feast day which was celebrated in medieval and Tudor times – the feast of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, martyrs of the Early Church and the patron saints of cobblers.

Find out more about these saints, how their feast day became linked to an important English victory over the French, how it was marked, and why these saints are linked to Faversham in Kent, in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 25th October 1532, Henry VIII returned to Calais following his visit to the French court at Boulogne, and he took the French king, Francis I, with him.

But first, Francis I wanted to honour two English noblemen by making them Knights of the Order of St Michel.

After that ceremony, the two kings travelled on to Calais, where they were greeted in a spectacular fashion, and Francis I sent Henry VIII’s sweetheart, Anne Boleyn, Marquess of Pembroke, a rather splendid gift.

Find out all about this day in 1532 in this video…

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  1. Very interesting Claire, also the fact that the two saints could have been the sons of an ancient King of England, whose name we will never know unfortunately, the early years of England’s as indeed, the rest of the British Isles, are shrouded in mystery and from henceforth myths and legends occur, referring to Henry V, it is the rallying cry in the film with Laurence Olivier, based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name, that I always think of when Henry V is mentioned, ‘once more unto the breach dear friends’, it really was a tremendous victory for the English and France lost her best soldiers, it was a victory immortalised in English history, and Henry V111 dearly wished to be recognised as a great warrior king like his namesake, it was something he was never destined to emulate and is remembered instead however, for breaking with Rome and founding a new church, a different kind of achievement however, and of course his reign is often seen as bloody with the amount of people he sent to their deaths, including two wives, but he is remembered today like Henry V, as one of our most colourful and iconic king’s.

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