May 31 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession in London

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 31st May 1533, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, processed from the Tower of London to Westminster Hall.

This eve of coronation procession was huge and comprised lots of entertainment, including lavish pageants, orations, music, and wine flowing in the conduits and in fountains. I’d love to go back in time to see it.

Hear all about the pageantry in this video or click here to read about it.

And on this day in 1529, a special legatine court opened at Blackfriars in London. The court’s purpose was to hear the case for an annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and it was presided over by papal legate Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.

Find out about the context of this court, what happened at the court and what happened next in this video:

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