Did Anne Boleyn bring French fashion to court?

| June 4, 2021

Did Anne Boleyn bring French fashion to court?

In this latest edition of my Fan Q&A series for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel, I’m answering Jessica’s question “Did Anne Boleyn bring French fashion to court herself or were others involved?” Anne Boleyn spent six years in France and was described by a contemporary as “native French” in her ways, […]

1 June 1533 – The coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn at Westminster Abbey

| June 1, 2021

1 June 1533 – The coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn at Westminster Abbey

On this day in Tudor history, 1st June 1533, Whitsun, six-momth pregnant Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey in London. Here’s my #TudorHistoryShorts video on it: Here is my detailed video on Anne Boleyn’s coronation: And if you prefer reading articles, you can read about the coronation […]

31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn in London

| May 31, 2021

31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn in London

On this day in Tudor history, 31st May 1533, just three days after her marriage to King Henry VIII had been proclaimed valid, the six-month pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn processed from the Tower of London to Westminster. It was a lavish eve of coronation procession with lots of entertainment, including pageants, orations, music, and wine […]

29 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s fire-breathing dragon

| May 29, 2021

29 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s fire-breathing dragon

On this day in Tudor history, 29th May 1533, the citizens of London were treated to a spectacular river procession. It was part of the coronation celebrations for England’s new queen, Anne Boleyn. Here’s my longer, more detailed video on the procession: If you prefer reading articles then you can click here.

28 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn is the rightful queen!

| May 28, 2021

28 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn is the rightful queen!

I always find it strange at this time of year to switch from writing about Anne Boleyn’s final days in May 1536 to the lead-up to her coronation in May 1533. How different things were just three years apart. On this day in Tudor history, 28th May 1533, over four months after Henry VIII had […]

The Act of Succession and its oath

| April 20, 2021

The Act of Succession and its oath

On this day in Tudor history, on 20th April 1534, in the reign of King Henry VIII, prominent Londoners were called to swear a special oath. Just what was the Oath of the Act of Succession? What were people swearing to? Find out the highlights in this edition of my #TudorHistoryShorts video series, and read […]

Was Anne Boleyn treated as queen in the Tower of London?

| March 24, 2021

Was Anne Boleyn treated as queen in the Tower of London?

Thank you so much to Edith and Lucy the dog for their excellent question regarding Anne Boleyn’s imprisonment in the Tower of London in May 1536. In series like The Tudors, Anne Boleyn is shown being treated like a queen even though she’s a prisoner, and she’s shown being attended by ladies-in-waiting? But is this […]

A court fool is rather foolish and Mary I gets married

| July 25, 2020

A court fool is rather foolish and Mary I gets married

On this day in Tudor history, 25th July 1535, the Feast of St James, the imperial ambassador wrote about a furious King Henry VIII who’d apparently been nearly driven to commit murder! What had angered the king? Well, it involved Henry VIII’s fool and some foolish name-calling. Find out more in my latest “on this […]