14 November 1532 – Did they or didn’t they?

| November 14, 2017

14 November 1532 – Did they or didn’t they?

According to chronicler Edward Hall, a contemporary source, 14th November 1532, the Feast of St Erkenwald, was the wedding date of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke. The couple had landed at Dover, on the Kent coast, at 5am that day, having spent just over a month away in Calais, and Hall […]

12 November 1532 – King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn begin their journey home

| November 12, 2017

12 November 1532 – King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn begin their journey home

At midnight on 12th/13th November 1532, King Henry VIII and his sweetheart,Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Calais to head back to Dover. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded: “On Tewesdaie at midnight he tooke ship, and landed at Dover the morowe after, beyng the xiiii. daie of Nouember, at v. of the clocke in […]

8 November – A king’s troubled conscience and a queen is interrogated

| November 8, 2017

8 November – A king’s troubled conscience and a queen is interrogated

On this day in history, 8th November 1528, at Bridewell Palace, King Henry VIII made a public oration to “the nobility, judges and councillors and divers other persons” to explain his troubled conscience regarding the lawfulness of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Read more… On this day in history, 8th November 1541, Archbishop Thomas […]

$10 off all online history courses until 31 October!

| October 27, 2017

$10 off all online history courses until 31 October!

To celebrate the recent release of historian Toni Mount’s course “The Roles of Medieval and Tudor women”, MedievalCourses.com is offering $10 off each and every one of their online history courses, including my 15-unit (18 videos) course “The Life of Anne Boleyn”. Simply use coupon code AUTUMN2017 at checkout from now until the end of […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance

| October 27, 2017

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance

On this day in history, Sunday 27th October 1532, Henry VIII and Francis I, the Kings of England and France, dined together at a special “great banquet” in Calais. Chronicler Edward Hall records that “The French kyng was serued iii. courses, & his meat dressed after the French fashion, & the kyng of England had […]

25 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn is sent a diamond

| October 25, 2017

25 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn is sent a diamond

On this day in history, 25th October 1532, King Henry VIII arrived back in the English territory of Calais following his visit to the French court at Boulogne. Francis I, King of France, travelled back with him. The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys and Bulleyn says this of their journey and arrival: “And on […]

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man and how it got into Henry VIII’s hands

| October 2, 2017

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man and how it got into Henry VIII’s hands

On 2nd October 1528 English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale published his most influential book, The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern. This book features in a story about Anne Boleyn, which is told by both George Wyatt, grandson of Thomas Wyatt the Poet, and the 17th century […]

1 September 1532 – Henry VIII gives Anne Boleyn an important title

| September 1, 2017

1 September 1532 – Henry VIII gives Anne Boleyn an important title

On this day in history, 1st September 1532, in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle, King Henry VIII elevated his sweetheart, Anne Boleyn, daughter of the Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde, to the title of Marquess (or Marquis) of Pembroke. This was hugely significant because the title was given to Anne in her own right […]