12 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s first public appearance as the official queen

| April 12, 2018

On this day in history, 12th April 1533, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, made her first public appearance as the king’s official queen consort. They had married secretly on 25th January 1533 and Anne was pregnant, but it was only on 11th April, when the king was sure that the annulment of his first […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn to be recognised as queen

| April 11, 2018

Not only was this day in 1533 an important day in the religious calendar, being Good Friday, it was also an important day for Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. It was on 11th April 1533 that Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise Anne as his rightful wife and queen, and to […]

2 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn as Queen Esther

| April 2, 2018

On Passion Sunday 1536, the fifth Sunday of Lent, which fell on 2nd April, Queen Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached a rather controversial sermon in the presence of King Henry VIII. The sermon’s topic was the Old Testament story of Queen Esther saving the Jews, as told in the Book of Esther. In a […]

He is Risen – Easter Sunday and the Tudors

| April 1, 2018

He is Risen – Easter Sunday and the Tudors

Happy Easter! Today, Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This was a day that was also important in the Tudor church calendar. On Easter Sunday, people would go to church and the church candles and those around the Easter sepulchre were extinguished and then the church candles were re-lit by the […]

Good Friday – the Easter story Anne Boleyn would have read

| March 30, 2018

Good Friday – the Easter story Anne Boleyn would have read

As I explained in yesterday’s article on Maundy Thursday, Anne Boleyn owned a copy of William Tyndale’s 1526 English translation of the New Testament. She kept a copy of it open in her apartments and encouraged her ladies to read it. On Good Friday, I am sure that Anne would have sat and read the […]

Maundy Thursday and Anne Boleyn

| March 29, 2018

Maundy Thursday and Anne Boleyn

Today, the Thursday before Easter, is Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday. It commemorates the Last Supper, that final and special meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples, and Christ’s washing of their feet. Anne Boleyn owned a copy of William Tyndale’s English translation of the New Testament so I thought that I would use […]

29 January 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn suffers a miscarriage

| January 29, 2018

On this day in history, 29th January 1536, on the same day that her predecessor Catherine of Aragon was buried, Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage. The imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, recorded: “On the day of the interment the Concubine had an abortion which seemed to be a male child which she had not borne 3½ […]

25 January 1533 – The wedding of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| January 25, 2018

On this day in history, the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, King Henry VIII finally married the woman whom he had been courting for the last six years, Anne Boleyn. The marriage took place early in the morning of 25th January 1533 at Whitehall Palace, formerly York Place and the property that the […]