29 October 1532 – Loving behaviour and hearty words

| October 29, 2019

29 October 1532 – Loving behaviour and hearty words

On this day in history, 29th October 1532, according to Wynkyn de Word, King Henry VIII accompanied his French counterpart, King Francis I, to Morgison, situated seven miles outside of Calais, and bid farewell to him there. Francis I then carried on to Paris. The two kings had spent four days together in English-held Calais […]

25 October – Henry VIII and Francis I arrive in Calais, but Anne Boleyn is nowhere to be seen

| October 25, 2019

25 October – Henry VIII and Francis I arrive in Calais, but Anne Boleyn is nowhere to be seen

On this day in Tudor history, 25th October 1532, King Henry VIII returned to the English territory of Calais following his visit to the French court at Boulogne. It was time for him to play host now to King Francis I of France and the French party who had travelled to Calais with him. But […]

21 October 1532 – Henry goes off to see Francis I, leaving Anne Boleyn behind

| October 21, 2019

21 October 1532 – Henry goes off to see Francis I, leaving Anne Boleyn behind

On this day in Tudor history, 21st October 1532, King Henry VIII left his sweetheart, Anne Boleyn, the newly created Marquess of Pembroke, behind in Calais while he travelled to Boulogne to spend a few days at the French court with King Francis I. Contemporary accounts tell us how beautifully the two kings were attired […]

11 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn accompanies Henry VIII to Calais

| October 11, 2019

11 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn accompanies Henry VIII to Calais

At just before dawn on this day in history, 11th October 1532, Anne Boleyn, the newly created Marquess of Pembroke, and her sweetheart, King Henry VIII, set sail from Dover in the king’s ship, The Swallow. They were headed for Calais, which was an English territory at the time. The purpose of their trip was […]

William Tyndale, Anne Boleyn and a book for “all Kings to read”

| October 2, 2019

William Tyndale, Anne Boleyn and a book for “all Kings to read”

I’m so sorry that I haven’t been around much recently, life has just got in the way! I just wanted to share with you my latest “On this day in Tudor history” video, which is based on an article I wrote on this very site a few years ago, because it is about a book […]

28 June 1491 – Henry VIII is born

| June 28, 2019

28 June 1491 – Henry VIII is born

On this day in Tudor history, 28th June 1491, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to her third child and second son at the Palace of Placentia (Greenwich Palace). The little boy was baptised “Henry” at the Church of the Observant Friars, Greenwich, by Richard Foxe, Bishop of Exeter and […]

Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

| June 27, 2019

Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

King Henry VIII has gone down in history as the king who had six wives and who executed two of them, as well as having three of his marriages annulled. He had quite the marital history! But did you know that Henry was just thirteen when he broke one of his wives’ hearts for the […]

24 June 1509 – A Midsummer coronation for the new king and queen

| June 24, 2019

24 June 1509 – A Midsummer coronation for the new king and queen

On this day in Tudor history, 24 June 1509, Midsummer’s Day and the Feast of St John the Baptist, England’s new king, seventeen-year-old Henry VIII, and his bride of thirteen days, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen by William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, in a joint ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. The […]