18 April 1536 – To bow, or not to bow…

| April 18, 2018

On this day in history, King Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the Boleyns scored a bit of a victory over Eustace Chapuys, the man who represented Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, at the English court. They manoeuvred the ambassador into a position where he was forced to pay reverence to Queen Anne Boleyn, thereby acknowledging […]

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 […]

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 […]

24 January 1536 – To be unconscious or not to be unconscious? That is the question

| January 24, 2018

24 January 1536 – To be unconscious or not to be unconscious? That is the question

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, the forty-four-year-old King Henry VIII suffered an accident while jousting at Greenwich Palace. It was an accident that is hotly debated today, nearly 500 years after it happened, with some historians seeing it as a real turning point in Henry VIII’s reign and a cause of his […]

8 January 1536 – Henry VIII celebrates the news of Catherine of Aragon’s death

| January 8, 2018

On 7th January 1536, Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton Castle, where she had resided since April 1534. Catherine had defied the king by refusing to accept the annulment of their marriage and her new title of Dowager Princess of Wales. She had actively fought against the annulment proceedings and had […]

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn is punished

| June 29, 2017

On this day in history, 29th June 1536, just over a month after the executions of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal. Three days later, the office was granted to Thomas Cromwell, the man who had been […]

7 June 1536 – Celebrations for a new queen

| June 7, 2017

On this day in history, 7th June 1536, there were celebrations for the new queen, Queen Jane. Henry VIII had married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall, Wiltshire, and former lady-in-waiting to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, on 30th May 1536. Their relationship caused a bit of a stir, with Anne Boleyn […]

30 May 1536 – Henry VIII marries his third wife, Jane Seymour

| May 30, 2017

30 May 1536 – Henry VIII marries his third wife, Jane Seymour

On this day in history, 30th May 1536, just eleven days after the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII married for the third time. In the Queen’s Closet at Whitehall Palace, formerly known as York Place, the king married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall, Wiltshire, and a woman […]