12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries for a sixth and final time

| July 12, 2017

On this day in history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII took Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, as his sixth and final wife. The wedding took place in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, which can still be visited today, and was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope puts his foot down with Henry VIII

| July 11, 2017

By 11th July 1533, Pope Clement VII had really had enough of King Henry VIII’s behaviour. The king who had been awarded the title “Fidei Defensor” (Defender of the Faith) by Pope Leo X in 1521, for defending the Catholic Church against the works of Martin Luther, had not only abandoned his first wife without […]

9 July 1540 – Anne of Cleves is no longer queen

| July 9, 2017

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, convocation declared that Anne of Cleves’ marriage to King Henry VIII was null and void and that both parties were free to marry again. While the twenty-four-year-old Anne never did remarry, her forty-nine-year-old former husband wasted no time taking another wife, wife number five. On 28th July […]

Henry VIII – Henry the Great or Henry the Monster?

| June 28, 2017

Henry VIII – Henry the Great or Henry the Monster?

Henry VIII is an iconic figure who divides opinion. Whenever I post anything about him here on the Anne Boleyn Files or on social media, I always get a very mixed response with some saying that he was a tyrant and monster, others saying that he was a great king, still others saying that he […]

28 June 1491 – Happy 526th Birthday Henry VIII!

| June 28, 2017

Yes, today is the 526th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s birth on 28th June 1491. Although he died at the age of 55, he is still remembered 526 years after his birth. I wonder what he’d think about that. He’s still an iconic figure, he’s still being featured on TV, in movies, in fiction, in […]

24 June 1509 – A joint coronation

| June 24, 2017

On this day in history, 24th June 1509, Midsummer’s Day and the Feast of St John the Baptist, King Henry VIII and his queen consort, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned at Westminster Abbey, in London, by William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry VIII had become king on the death of his father, Henry VII, on […]

23 June 1509 – The coronation procession of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine

| June 23, 2017

23 June 1509 – The coronation procession of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine

On this day in history, Saturday 23rd June, the eve of their joint coronation, King Henry VIII and his queen consort, Catherine of Aragon, processed through the streets of London, from the Tower of London to Westminster in preparation for the coronation at Westminster Abbey. Chronicler Edward Hall gives the following account of the procession […]

12 June 1530 – Henry VIII gets a telling off from Catherine of Aragon

| June 12, 2017

On this day in history, Sunday 12th June 1530, according to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, Henry VIII got a good telling off from his wife, Catherine of Aragon. At this time, of course, Henry was involved with Anne Boleyn and was trying desperately to get his marriage to Catherine annulled. What did Catherine have […]