Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day by Danielle Marchant

| December 13, 2017

Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day by Danielle Marchant

Thank you to author Danielle Marchant for visiting us today and sharing this article as part of the celebrations for the release of her latest historical novel, The Treacheries of Fortune, the third book in her “The Lady Rochford Saga”. The 1st June 1533 not only saw Anne Boleyn’s triumph, her coronation; it was also […]

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is baptised

| September 10, 2017

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is baptised

On this day in history, 10th September 1533, the three-day-old daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, was baptised in a lavish ceremony at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. She was baptised “Elizabeth” and would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I. Her godparents were Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Centerbury; Agnes […]

7 September 1533 – A baby girl for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| September 7, 2017

7 September 1533 – A baby girl for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, Sunday 7th September 1533, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Queen Anne Boleyn gave birth to a baby girl at Greenwich Palace. Although the birth of a daughter instead of the predicted prince must have been a disappointment initially, both her parents delighted in their daughter. Of course, nobody could […]

26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

| August 26, 2017

26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

On this day in history, Tuesday 26th August 1533, Anne Boleyn, second wife and queen consort of King Henry VIII, prepared for the birth of her child by “taking her chamber”, i.e. entering a female only environment, for the final weeks of her pregnancy. It was usual for a woman in those times to take […]

23 August 1535 – A royal visit to Acton Court

| August 23, 2017

23 August 1535 – A royal visit to Acton Court

On this day in history, 23rd August 1535*, royal favourite and keen reformer Sir Nicholas Poyntz welcomed King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, to his home Acton Court in Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire, as part of the couple’s royal progress. Sir Nicholas Poyntz was born around 1510 and was the eldest son […]

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s 1535 royal progress

| August 14, 2017

On this day in history, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn arrived at Thornbury Castle as part of their royal progress. Here is an extract from my book, Tudor Places of Great Britain, about the castle: “Thornbury Castle, a Tudor Castle set on the edge of the Cotswolds, dates back to 1510 when Edward Stafford, 3rd […]

25 July 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth are called names

| July 25, 2017

With his letter written on the Feast of St James (25th July) 1535, to Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, who was Charles V’s advisor, Eustace Chapuys included an interesting post script. It was written in cipher, but said: “P.S.—He the other day nearly murdered his own fool, a simple and innocent man, because he happened to […]

1 June 1533 – Anne Boleyn is crowned queen

| June 1, 2017

On 1st June 1533, Whitsun, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by her good friend Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Anne Boleyn was about six months pregnant and had been married to the king since their official, but secret, ceremony on 25th January 1533. Their marriage had been proclaimed valid just […]