Another contemporary image of Anne Boleyn?

| April 26, 2017

Thank you to art historian Roland Hui for letting me know about an article he has just written on his blog. The article is about an image in the Black Book of the Garter, a beautiful illumination of a queen consort presiding over a meeting of the Order of the Garter. As Roland says, in […]

12 April 1533 – A spectacle at Greenwich Palace

| April 12, 2017

On this day in history, Saturday 12th April, Easter eve, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, attended mass in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. This was her first public appearance since her husband had informed his council that Anne was to be accorded royal honours, and Anne went all out to show the court […]

11 April 1533 – Royal honours for Anne Boleyn

| April 11, 2017

On this day in history, 11th April 1533, Good Friday, King Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise his second wife, Anne Boleyn, as his rightful wife and queen, and to accord her royal honours. While the king was ordering his council to do this, his new Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was working on […]

23 March 1534 – The Pope versus Henry VIII

| March 23, 2017

23 March 1534 – The Pope versus Henry VIII

On this day in history, 23rd March 1534, Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon “always hath stood, and still doth stand, firm and canonical […] and that the aforesaid Henry king of England is and shall be bound and obstrict to the matrimonial society and cohabitation with […]

Rose Lok’s Tale by Lissa Chapman

| March 9, 2017

Rose Lok’s Tale by Lissa Chapman

Thank you to Lissa Chapman, author of Anne Boleyn in London, for sharing this guest article with us today. Rose Lok lived to be a very old lady. For a Londoner born in the reign of Henry VIII, to attain the age of eighty-six was in itself an extraordinary achievement. And Rose lived an extraordinary […]

Valentine’s Day – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: A great love?

| February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: A great love?

Today is Valentine’s Day, the traditional day of romance. You can read all about Valentine’s Day itself in an article I wrote for the Tudor Society – click here – but here at the Anne Boleyn Files I want to ask you for your thoughts on Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. I want to ask […]

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII finally marries Anne Boleyn

| January 25, 2017

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII finally marries Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, early in the morning of 25th January 1533, the feast of the conversion of St Paul, Henry VIII finally married the woman he had waited nearly six years to marry, Anne Boleyn, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire. Henry VIII had applied for a dispensation to marry Anne back […]

14 November 1532 – The first secret marriage?

| November 14, 2016

According to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn on St Paul’s Day 1533, i.e. 25th January 1533, in a ceremony that was so secret that even Cranmer did not find out about it until several weeks after the happy event. However, this may not have been the first secret marriage ceremony for […]