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2 March 1522 – A Shrovetide joust and unrequited love

| March 2, 2019

2 March 1522 – A Shrovetide joust and unrequited love

On this day in history, 2nd March 1522, in Henry VIII’s reign, the annual Shrovetide joust took place. Chronicler Edward Hall gives a very detailed account of the knights’ costumes, trappings and the mottoes embroidered on them. King Henry VIII’s motto was “elle mon coeur a navera”, or “she has wounded my heart”. In my […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

| February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your day is filled with love and joy whatever you’re doing today. To celebrate the day of love, I thought I’d share some resources with you that are related to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and their relationship, when it was happy! Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn by […]

7 February 1526 – Declare I dare not

| February 7, 2019

7 February 1526 – Declare I dare not

On this day in Tudor history, 7th February 1526, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the annual Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The king jousted that day and he wore an interesting motto: “declare je n’ose”, or “declare I dare not”. What did this motto mean? Was the king in love? Was […]

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

| January 28, 2019

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

Today, 28th January, is the anniversary of the birth of King Henry VII in 1457, the death of his son, King Henry VIII, in 1547, and the accession of his son, Edward, as King Edward VI. You can read more about the death of Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace on 28th January 1547 and the […]

Anne Boleyn Questions – Just how serious was Henry VIII’s 1536 jousting accident?

| January 24, 2019

Anne Boleyn Questions – Just how serious was Henry VIII’s 1536 jousting accident?

As you know, I’ve been doing a daily “on this day in Tudor history” video for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube Channel and today’s video also fits into my “Anne Boleyn Questions” series because it is about Henry VIII’s 1536 jousting accident. I’m often asked about this accident and its impact on […]

Anne Boleyn Questions – Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn?

| January 18, 2019

Anne Boleyn Questions – Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn?

A few months ago, I asked you for questions about Anne Boleyn that you would like me to answer. Thank you for coming up with so many, and also for asking such interesting ones. I knew I could count on you! I decided that I’d do a series of videos answering a question at a […]

15 January – A king makes himself head of the Church and a queen is crowned

| January 15, 2019

15 January – A king makes himself head of the Church and a queen is crowned

15th January has two very important “on this day in Tudor history” events. On 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. This followed the passing of the Act of Supremacy in November 1534. Click here to read more about this. Twenty-four years later, on […]

14 November 1532 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2018

14 November 1532 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

This day in history, 14th November 1532, the Feast of St Erkenwald, might just have been Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s wedding day! Chronicler Edward Hall can usually be trusted and according to him “The king, after his return [from Calais] married privily the lady Anne Boleyn on Saint Erkenwald’s day, which marriage was kept […]