1 June 1533 – Anne Boleyn is crowned queen

| June 1, 2017

On 1st June 1533, Whitsun, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by her good friend Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Anne Boleyn was about six months pregnant and had been married to the king since their official, but secret, ceremony on 25th January 1533. Their marriage had been proclaimed valid just […]

31 May 1533 – A spectacular coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 31, 2017

On this day in history, 31st May 1533, a special procession took place through the streets of London: the coronation procession of Queen Anne Boleyn. It was the eve of Anne’s coronation and at 5pm the pregnant queen departed from the Tower of London to make her way to Westminster Hall. The procession included pageants, […]

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s coronation fun begins

| May 29, 2017

On this day in history, 29th May 1533, the day after Archbishop Cranmer had proclaimed that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was valid, the celebrations for the new queen’s forthcoming coronation commenced. The celebrations would last for four days, from 29th May to the coronation ceremony and banquet on 1st June, Whitsun. These celebrations […]

1533 – Anne Boleyn is finally queen!

| May 28, 2017

On this day in history, 28th May 1533, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, proclaimed the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn. You can click here to read more about that. 1533 was a big year for Anne Boleyn – she got married to King Henry VIII, her husband’s first marriage was finally officially […]

60 second history – Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2017

60 second history – Anne Boleyn

Sixty seconds is such a short time to try and give a biography of a historical person. I so wanted to do justice to Anne, but there was only time to give the bare minimum, just a few facts. If I’d had more time, I would have talked about her faith, her part in the […]

Anne Boleyn and the Lady in the Garter image: The Arguments

| May 4, 2017

Anne Boleyn and the Lady in the Garter image: The Arguments

Phew! It’s been an exciting few days! My scheduled work has gone out of the window and I’ve been debating a 16th-century image and doing research related to it. Schedule be gone! This is much more exciting! If you’ve missed it all, this story all started on Tuesday 25th April when art historian and author […]

An update on Anne Boleyn and the Lady of the Garter image

| May 3, 2017

An update on Anne Boleyn and the Lady of the Garter image

You may remember that last week I shared an article by art historian and author Roland Hui regarding an image from The Black Book of the Garter attributed to Lucas Horenbout, which Roland Hui believed might well be Anne Boleyn. Roland made the following points: The Black Book was created in 1534, while Henry VIII […]

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 […]