27 October – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance in a lavish masque

| October 27, 2019

27 October – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance in a lavish masque

On Sunday 27th October 1532, two days after Henry VIII had returned from Boulogne with the French King, Francis I, who had sent Anne a lovely diamond on his arrival, Anne Boleyn, Marquess of Pembroke, made a dramatic entrance to the great banquet held by King Henry VIII in Calais in honour of Francis. In […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance

| October 27, 2017

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance

On this day in history, Sunday 27th October 1532, Henry VIII and Francis I, the Kings of England and France, dined together at a special “great banquet” in Calais. Chronicler Edward Hall records that “The French kyng was serued iii. courses, & his meat dressed after the French fashion, & the kyng of England had […]

George Boleyn and the Admiral of France – November 1534

| November 11, 2015

George Boleyn and the Admiral of France – November 1534

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. As Clare Cherry and I point out in our biography of George Boleyn, England had become “more and more isolated from her European […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn in masking apparel

| October 27, 2015

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn in masking apparel

On 25th October 1532, Henry VIII and Francis I, King of France, arrived at Calais, which was English territory at the time to continue their talks and to meet with Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, Henry’s queen-in-waiting. After his arrival in Calais, Francis sent Anne Boleyn a diamond via the Provost of Paris, but Anne […]