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2 March 1522 – A Shrovetide joust and unrequited love

| March 2, 2019

2 March 1522 – A Shrovetide joust and unrequited love

On this day in history, 2nd March 1522, in Henry VIII’s reign, the annual Shrovetide joust took place. Chronicler Edward Hall gives a very detailed account of the knights’ costumes, trappings and the mottoes embroidered on them. King Henry VIII’s motto was “elle mon coeur a navera”, or “she has wounded my heart”. In my […]

2 March 1522 – Elle mon coeur a navera, she has wounded my heart

| March 2, 2018

2 March 1522 – Elle mon coeur a navera, she has wounded my heart

On this day in history, 2nd March 1522, King Henry VIII rode out at the annual Shrovetide joust with the motto Elle mon coeur a navera, or “She has wounded my Heart”, embroidered on the trappings of his horse. Edward Hall records the event in his chronicle and I have modernised the spelling for ease […]

4 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2015

4 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

In 1522, 4th March* was Shrove Tuesday and was the day of the special Shrovetide pageant, “The Château Vert”, which took place at York Place in London. This pageant was Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Henry VIII’s court following her return from France, where she had been serving Queen Claude, consort of Francis I. […]

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