Anne Boleyn Colouring Competition Results

Anne Boleyn Colouring Competition Results

Thank you so much to all those who entered the Anne Boleyn Colouring Competition, I thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the entries, they were wonderful. Our 5 judges each picked their three favourites and then a winner was chosen based on those results. The winning entry was coloured by Manjana Kavazović – congratulations to Manjana […]

18 June 1529 – Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

18 June 1529 – Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

In autumn 1528, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate, was sent to England by Pope Clement VII to hear the case for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at a special legatine court with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the Pope’s viceregent. Campeggio managed to stall things for […]

15 June 1519 – The birth of Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son

This date in history, 15th June 1519, is the date traditionally given for the birth of Henry VIII’s recognised illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset. Fitzroy was born at the Priory of St Lawrence, in Blackmore, Essex. His mother, Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount, had been sent away from court to the prior’s house […]

11 June 1509 – Wife number 1 for Henry VIII: Catherine of Aragon

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, just over seven weeks after he’d become king, seventeen-year-old Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Catherine of Aragon (Catalina de Aragón), daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, in the queen’s closet at Greenwich Palace. The wedding ceremony was a private and low-key affair as […]

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession and a letter from Mary to Henry VIII

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, exactly three weeks after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, the sixth Parliament of Henry’s reign met. It went on to pass the Second Act of Succession, removing the king’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession and declaring […]

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

On this day in history, 7th June 1536, less than three weeks after the execution of previous queen, Anne Boleyn, there were celebrations for the new queen, Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife and the daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall. These celebrations took the form of a water pageant, or procession, along the […]

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour is officially proclaimed queen

On this day in history, Sunday 4th June 1536, five days after her marriage to King Henry VIII and just over two weeks after the execution of her predecessor, Jane Seymour was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane […]

2 June 1536 – The brand new queen appears in public

On this day in history, 2nd June 1536, Jane Seymour, who had married King Henry VIII on 30th May 1536, made her first public appearance at Greenwich Palace. Jane’s predecessor, Anne Boleyn, had been executed on 19th May 1536, just two weeks earlier, so I wonder if Jane’s first appearance as queen caused a stir. […]