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

| March 24, 2021

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

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 […]

Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 4 – 1 June 1533 – Anne Boleyn is crowned

| June 1, 2020

On Whitsunday 1533, 1st June, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned queen by her good friend, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Anne’s marriage to Henry VIII had only been proclaimed valid on 28th May 1533, but the couple had been waiting over […]

Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 3 – 31 May 1533 – The Coronation Procession

| May 31, 2020

On this day in history, Saturday 31st May 1533, the eve of her coronation, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, made her way in a huge procession from the Tower of London, throught the streets of London, to Westminster Hall. This is another day I’d like to see – I really need a time machine! […]

Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 2 – 30 May 1533 – Knights of the Bath

| May 30, 2020

On this day in history, on the night of 30th/31st May 1533, in the lead-up to Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath at the Tower of London. The list of men dubbed that knight includes Sir Francis Weston, who would be executed in May 1536 accused of sleeping with […]

Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 1 – 29 May 1533 – A fire-breathing dragon, monsters, wild men, and a queen

| May 29, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 29th May 1533, just a day after the marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had been proclaimed valid, the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation began in earnest. This is one of those days that, if I had the Tardis or Doc’s DeLorean, I would definitely visit. […]

18 April 1536 – Chapuys bumps into Anne Boleyn

| April 18, 2020

Ok, so the imperial ambassador and Queen Anne Boleyn didn’t physically bump into each other, but on this day in Tudor history, 18th April 1536, just a month and a day before Anne’s execution, Chapuys was manoeuvred unto a position where he was forced to pay reverence to Anne, the woman he referred to as […]

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 […]