May 29 – A lavish river procession complete with fire-breathing dragon!

On this day in Tudor history, 29th May 1533, just a day after Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn had been declared valid, the celebrations for Anne’s coronation began.

The celebration consisted of a spectacular river pageant on the Thames.

In this video, I describe the amazing river procession, using details from contemporary sources. Fire-breathing dragons, wild men, music, sumptuous decorations… it must have been a wonderful sight.

If you prefer to read articles rather than view videos, you can read more about the procession here.

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