Christmas at the Anne Boleyn Files

Christmas at the Anne Boleyn Files

I’ve been holding off mentioning the “c word” as it seems far too early, but there are only just over 4 weeks until Christmas and time does seem to be flying! Here at the Anne Boleyn Files, we always have a special advent calendar with lots of history-themed treats for you to enjoy on a […]

17 November 1558 – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

17 November 1558 – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

On this day in history, 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, died at St James’s Palace at the age of forty-two. Mary had named her half-sister, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth, as her heir and members of Mary’s council rushed to Hatfield to give the new queen the news of Mary’s death. On hearing […]

14 November 1541 – The inventories of the possessions of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford

14 November 1541 – The inventories of the possessions of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford

By 14th November 1541, things were not looking good for Thomas Culpeper, a member of the king’s privy chamber and a man who Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, had claimed “had succeeded him in the Queen’s affections”. It was on this day that an inventory was taken “of the goods and chattels, lands […]

14 November 1532 – Did they or didn’t they?

14 November 1532 – Did they or didn’t they?

According to chronicler Edward Hall, a contemporary source, 14th November 1532, the Feast of St Erkenwald, was the wedding date of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke. The couple had landed at Dover, on the Kent coast, at 5am that day, having spent just over a month away in Calais, and Hall […]

13 November 1553 – A former queen condemned to death

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey (former Queen Jane), her husband Lord Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, were tried for treason in a public trial at Guildhall in London. They were all found guilty and were condemned to death, the men being […]

12 November 1532 – King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn begin their journey home

12 November 1532 – King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn begin their journey home

At midnight on 12th/13th November 1532, King Henry VIII and his sweetheart,Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Calais to head back to Dover. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded: “On Tewesdaie at midnight he tooke ship, and landed at Dover the morowe after, beyng the xiiii. daie of Nouember, at v. of the clocke in […]

11 November 1534 – An important mission for George Boleyn

11 November 1534 – An important mission for George Boleyn

On 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. The purpose of the diplomatic mission he was leading was to renew Anglo-French relations. George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, was chosen to meet the Admiral and escort him from Dover to London. […]

9 November 1518 – Queen Catherine of Aragon loses a baby girl

9 November 1518 – Queen Catherine of Aragon loses a baby girl

On 9th November 1518, the sixth pregnancy of Queen Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, ended tragically at Greenwich Palace. On 10th November 1518, Sebastian Giustinian, the Venetian ambassador, reported back to the Signory: “In the past night the Queen had been delivered of a daughter, to the vexation of everybody. Never had the […]