On Whitsunday 1533, 1st June, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned queen by her good friend, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Anne’s marriage to Henry VIII had only been proclaimed valid on 28th May 1533, but the couple had been waiting over six years for this day.

The long ceremony, which must have been exhausting for Anne, was followed by a sumptuous coronation banquet with no less than 80 dishes.

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Also on this day in Tudor history, 1st June 1593, the inquest into the death of playwright, poet and translator Christopher Marlowe took place.
Twenty-nine-year-old Marlowe, writer of such famous works as “Tamburlaine”, “Dr Faustus” and “The Jew of Malta”, had been fatally stabbed at a house in Deptford Strand, London, by a man named Ingram Frizer on 30th May 1593, but what happened? Find out in this video:

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