Valentine’s Day – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: A great love?

| February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: A great love?

Today is Valentine’s Day, the traditional day of romance. You can read all about Valentine’s Day itself in an article I wrote for the Tudor Society – click here – but here at the Anne Boleyn Files I want to ask you for your thoughts on Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. I want to ask […]

7 February 1526 – A joust, a lost eye and unrequited love

| February 7, 2017

On this day in history, 7the February 1526, the traditional Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The joust’s theme was unrequited love. Henry Courtenay, Marquess of Exeter, and his team of men wore green velvet and crimson satin embroidered with burning hearts. Above these hearts, a lady’s hand was depicted coming out of a […]

28 January 1547 – The death of Henry VIII and accession of Edward VI

| January 28, 2017

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five-year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine-year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall and Charles […]

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII finally marries Anne Boleyn

| January 25, 2017

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII finally marries Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, early in the morning of 25th January 1533, the feast of the conversion of St Paul, Henry VIII finally married the woman he had waited nearly six years to marry, Anne Boleyn, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire. Henry VIII had applied for a dispensation to marry Anne back […]

24 January 1536 – Henry VIII and his horse fall heavily

| January 24, 2017

24 January 1536 – Henry VIII and his horse fall heavily

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, at a joust at Greenwich Palace, King Henry VIII and his horse “both fell so heavily that every one thought it a miracle he was not killed”. It is not known exactly what happened or how serious the accident was, but it put an end to Henry’s […]

Epiphany and a royal wedding

| January 6, 2017

Epiphany and a royal wedding

Today, 6th January, is Epiphany, the feast day celebrating the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and a day which brought the Twelve Days of Christmas to a close in medieval and Tudor England. Epiphany at the royal court was celebrated with feasting and pageantry, and you can find out all about it […]

Henry VIII tapestry found? No

| December 30, 2016

Thank you so much to Jena Gonzalez for sharing this news with me. It has been reported that a long-lost tapestry thought to have been owned by King Henry VIII has been found in a New York rug shop by historian Mary Beard. Here are links to news articles and photos of the find: Long-lost […]

24 December 1545 – King Henry VIII’s last ever speech to Parliament

| December 24, 2016

On 24th December 1545, King Henry VIII made his final speech to Parliament. Historian Robert Hutchinson describes the speech as “both measured and compelling”, and writes of how Henry wanted “to impart a stern message” to all of his subjects. Lord Chancellor Thomas Wriothesley would normally have given the address, but Wriothesley was unpopular at […]