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8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession and a letter from Mary to Henry VIII

| June 8, 2018

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, exactly three weeks after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, the sixth Parliament of Henry’s reign met. It went on to pass the Second Act of Succession, removing the king’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession and declaring […]

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

| June 7, 2018

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

On this day in history, 7th June 1536, less than three weeks after the execution of previous queen, Anne Boleyn, there were celebrations for the new queen, Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife and the daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall. These celebrations took the form of a water pageant, or procession, along the […]

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour is officially proclaimed queen

| June 4, 2018

On this day in history, Sunday 4th June 1536, five days after her marriage to King Henry VIII and just over two weeks after the execution of her predecessor, Jane Seymour was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane […]

2 June 1536 – The brand new queen appears in public

| June 2, 2018

On this day in history, 2nd June 1536, Jane Seymour, who had married King Henry VIII on 30th May 1536, made her first public appearance at Greenwich Palace. Jane’s predecessor, Anne Boleyn, had been executed on 19th May 1536, just two weeks earlier, so I wonder if Jane’s first appearance as queen caused a stir. […]

20 May 1536 – A royal betrothal

| May 20, 2018

20 May 1536 – A royal betrothal

The day after your second wife’s death is obviously the right time to become betrothed to your new woman, don’t you think? OK, so wife number 2 had just been executed for high treason for being unfaithful to her husband and plotting to kill him, but I don’t for a moment believe that Henry VIII […]

19 May 1536 – The end of Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2018

19 May 1536 – The end of Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, Friday 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was beheaded by a swordsman within the confines of the Tower of London. Anne had been queen for just over three years when she was arrested on 2nd May 1536 at […]

18 May 1536 – A queen prepares to die

| May 18, 2018

Queen Anne Boleyn had been found guilty of high treason by a jury of her peers in a trial on 15th May 1536. She had been sentenced “to be burned or beheaded as shall please the King” and then her sentence was commuted to beheading by sword. Thursday 18th May 1536 was the date chosen […]

17 May 1536 – The tragic executions of five innocent men

| May 17, 2018

17 May 1536 – The tragic executions of five innocent men

On this day in history, 17th May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, Mark Smeaton and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were escorted from the Tower of London up to the scaffold on Tower Hill to be executed for high treason. They had all been sentenced to a full traitor’s death, i.e. to […]