October 28 – Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Francis I celebrate

| October 28, 2022

October 28 – Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Francis I celebrate

On this day in Tudor history, Monday 28th October 1532, the Feast of St Simon and St Jude, Henry VIII celebrated his friendship with his French counterpart, Francis I. 28th October also was the last full day of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s time with Francis I in Calais. The trip had been successful, and […]

October 25 – A diamond for Anne Boleyn

| October 25, 2022

October 25 – A diamond for Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 25th October 1532, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Marquess of Pembroke, was sent “a diamond worth 15,000 or 16,000 crowns” by King Francis I, who, that day, had accompanied King Henry VIII from the French royal court at Boulogne to Henry and Anne’s accommodation at […]

12 November 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Set Sail for Dover

| November 12, 2014

12 November 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Set Sail for Dover

At midnight on Tuesday 12th November 1532, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Calais bound for the Kent port of Dover. The couple had been in Calais since 11th October, with Anne acting as Henry’s consort while the King met with Francis I, King of France, to gain his […]

28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais with Francis I

| October 28, 2014

28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais with Francis I

Monday 28th October 1532 was the last full day of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s time with Francis I in Calais. The Maner of the Tryumphe of Cales and Bulleyn, which was printed in 1533 by Wykyn de Worde, gives us details of what happened that day: “And vpon monday whiche was the. xxix. day […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes a dramatic entrance at the banquet in Calais

| October 27, 2014

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes a dramatic entrance at the banquet in Calais

On 27 October 1532 Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke and Henry’s consort in all but name, made a dramatic entrance at the banquet held by Henry VIII in Francis I’s honour at Calais. Chronicler Edward Hall describes Anne’s entrance: “After supper came in the Marchiones of Penbroke, with. vii. ladies in Maskyng apparel, of straunge […]

21 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn Stays in Calais while Henry VIII meets with Francis I

| October 21, 2014

21 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn Stays in Calais while Henry VIII meets with Francis I

On 21st October 1532, Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn in Calais to spend four days with Francis I, “his beloved brother”, at the French court in Boulogne. When Henry and Anne’s trip to Calais had first been planned, Anne had wanted to attend the meeting at the French court in Boulogne as Henry’s consort. She […]

16 October 1532 – The Meeting with the Great Mayster of Fraunce

| October 16, 2014

16 October 1532 – The Meeting with the Great Mayster of Fraunce

On 16th October, while Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII were lodged in Calais, the Duke of Norfolk, Earl of Derby and a group of gentleman met with “the great mayster of Fraunce” Anne, duc de Montmorency, and his men at the English Pale, six miles outside of Calais. This meeting was to plan where Henry […]

12 November 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Leave Calais

| November 12, 2013

12 November 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Leave Calais

At midnight on Tuesday 12th November 1532, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn finally sailed from Calais bound for Dover. Henry had bid farewell to Francis I, the French King, on Tuesday 29th October but winds that were “so contrariant”, as chronicler Edward Hall describes them, prevented the royal party from setting sail straight away. […]

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