14 November – A wedding anniversary for Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 14th November and the Feast of St Erkenwald, there may have been two royal Tudor weddings. We know that Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, married Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, on […]

11 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn accompanies Henry VIII to Calais

| October 11, 2019

11 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn accompanies Henry VIII to Calais

At just before dawn on this day in history, 11th October 1532, Anne Boleyn, the newly created Marquess of Pembroke, and her sweetheart, King Henry VIII, set sail from Dover in the king’s ship, The Swallow. They were headed for Calais, which was an English territory at the time. The purpose of their trip was […]

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to Elizabeth, future Queen of England

| September 7, 2019

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to Elizabeth, future Queen of England

On this day in Tudor history, 7th September 1533, at Greenwich Palace, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This daughter would, of course, grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, Gloriana, Good Queen Bess, a queen who would rule England for over […]

Video – 26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

| August 26, 2019

Video – 26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

On this day in Tudor history, 26th August 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, prepared for the birth of her first child by “taking her chamber” at Greenwich Palace. This child was of course the future Queen Elizabeth I. “Taking her chamber” was common practice in Tudor England, and in today’s […]

25 July – Name-calling and a royal marriage

| July 25, 2019

25 July – Name-calling and a royal marriage

On this day in history, 25th July 1535, the Feast of St James, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, wrote to Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, one of Emperor Charles V’s advisors, and included a post-script regarding Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Elizabeth, being verbally attacked by Will Somer (Summer), King Henry VIII’s fool. Chapuys recorded: “P.S.-He […]

1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation at Westminster Abbey

| June 1, 2019

1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation at Westminster Abbey

This day in Tudor history, 1st June 1533, Whitsunday, was a day of victory for Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. They had waited many years for this moment, and had been through so much with the ‘great matter’. This was a day to be celebrated, for this was the day […]

31 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession

| May 31, 2019

31 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 31st May 1533, the eve of her coronation, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, processed from the Tower of London, where she had been staying since her river procession on 29th May, to Westminster Hall. This coronation procession is one of those events […]

29 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation river procession

| May 29, 2019

29 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation river procession

Every year, I find it very odd to go from talking and writing about the events leading up to Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution in May 1536 to suddenly writing about the celebrations leading up to her coronation on 1st June 1533. I find it hard to get my head around how Anne Boleyn could go […]