September 10 – The christening of Elizabeth I at Greenwich

| September 10, 2022

September 10 – The christening of Elizabeth I at Greenwich

On this day in Tudor history, 10th September 1533, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth I, was christened at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She had a lavish christening service presided over by […]

September 7 – The birth of Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

| September 7, 2022

September 7 – The birth of Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 7th September 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a healthy baby girl at Greenwich Palace. 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 […]

August 26 – Anne Boleyn prepares to give birth

| August 26, 2022

August 26 – Anne Boleyn prepares to give birth

On this day in Tudor history, 26th August 1533, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, prepared for the birth of her first child by “taking her chamber” at Greenwich Palace. The baby was born on 7th September and was, of course, the future Queen Elizabeth I. Tudor […]

August 23 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visit Acton Court

| August 23, 2022

August 23 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visit Acton Court

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd August 1535, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Sir Nicholas Poyntz welcomed the king and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, to his home Acton Court in Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire. Poyntz was a royal favourite and keen reformer, and the royal couple were visiting reformers on […]

July 26 – St Anne and Queen Anne Boleyn

| July 26, 2022

July 26 – St Anne and Queen Anne Boleyn

26th July is the Feast Day of St Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ. If you’re called Anne or Anna then a very Happy St Anne’s Day to you! Anne Boleyn used her namesake St Anne as a theme in the pageantry for her coronation in 1533, and you can […]

June 3 – The Royal Supremacy and a man who suffered due to it

| June 3, 2022

June 3 – The Royal Supremacy and a man who suffered due to it

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd June 1535, Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s vicar-general, issued orders regarding the royal supremacy to the bishops of the kingdom. But what was the royal supremacy and what were the clergy expected to do? Let me explain… And on that very same day, King Henry VIII’s former Lord […]

June 1 – Anne Boleyn is crowned queen at Westminster Abbey

| June 1, 2022

June 1 – Anne Boleyn is crowned queen at Westminster Abbey

On this day in Tudor history, 1st June 1533, Whitsunday, at Westminster Abbey, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen in ceremony performed by her good friend, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. It was a long day for Anne, who was around 6 months pregnant. The day started with a procession from Westminster […]

May 31 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession in London

| May 31, 2022

May 31 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession in London

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 31st May 1533, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, processed from the Tower of London to Westminster Hall. This eve of coronation procession was huge and comprised lots of entertainment, including lavish pageants, orations, music, and wine flowing in the conduits and in […]