When did Anne Boleyn say yes to Henry VIII?

| August 16, 2018

When did Anne Boleyn say yes to Henry VIII?

I’ve just come back from a two week holiday travelling through Spain and France to the UK, and while I was in the UK I was lucky enough to attend David Starkey’s talk “Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer” at the Festival Theatre at Hever Castle. It was a wonderful talk, both entertaining and educational, and […]

Get lost in Tudor history this summer

| July 26, 2018

Get lost in Tudor history this summer

Get ready for a shameless plug… If you have some spare time this summer to get lost in Tudor history – and is there really anything better than that (the beach, cocktails….no, we want Tudor history!)? – then here are my very biased recommendations for Tudor things to do: Enrol yourself on a history course […]

Happy St Anne’s Day!

| July 26, 2018

Here in Spain I’ve been busy sending messages to all of my friends named Ana because today is the feast day of St Anne, or Santa Ana, the mother of the Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus Christ. I’m also thinking of Anne Boleyn day on her saint’s day and wondering if she was […]

9 July 1540 – Anne of Cleves’ great escape

| July 9, 2018

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves was declared null and void. They had been married just six months. The marriage of forty-nine-year-old Henry VIII and twenty-four-year-old Anne of Cleves was found null “by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis of […]

7 February 1526 – A sign that the king has fallen for Anne Boleyn?

| February 7, 2018

The 7th February 1526 was the day of the annual Shrovetide joust. It took place at Greenwich and that year’s theme was unrequited love. King Henry VIII’s team of knights were apparelled in cloth of gold and silver richly embroidered with a man’s heart in a press, surrounded by flames and bearing the motto Declare […]

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 […]