31 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn processes through London

| May 31, 2018

On this day in history, Saturday 31st May 1533, the eve of her coronation, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn processed from the Tower of London to Westminster Hall. This coronation procession must have been a wonderful sight for the people of London. Not only was it a huge procession of people dressed in fine clothes […]

31 May 1533 – A spectacular coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 31, 2017

On this day in history, 31st May 1533, a special procession took place through the streets of London: the coronation procession of Queen Anne Boleyn. It was the eve of Anne’s coronation and at 5pm the pregnant queen departed from the Tower of London to make her way to Westminster Hall. The procession included pageants, […]

John Leland and Anne Boleyn’s coronation

| September 13, 2016

John Leland and Anne Boleyn’s coronation

Today is the anniversary of the birth of John Leland, poet and antiquary, in London on 13th September c. 1503. Leland is known for his Latin poems and his antiquarian writings which included Assertio inclytissimi Arturii regis Britanniae (which he presented to Henry VIII), his “New Year’s Gift” to Henry VIII: Antiquitates Britanniae, De uiris illustribus, his […]

31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 31, 2016

31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, just under three years before her execution on 19th May 1536, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn was enjoying the celebrations surrounding her coronation, which was scheduled to take place on 1st June 1533 at Westminster Abbey. On 31st May 1533, her coronation procession took place, with the queen processing through […]

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

| May 31, 2014

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

On this day in 1533, at 5pm, Anne Boleyn left the Tower of London in a procession which took her from the Tower, through the streets of London, to Westminster Hall. I wrote a detailed article about the route and its lavish spectacles last year – see 31 May 1533 – The Coronation Procession of […]

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation River Procession

| May 29, 2014

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation River Procession

Anne Boleyn was crowned queen on 1st June 1533 at Westminster Abbey, but the coronation celebrations actually kicked off on 29 May 1533 with a river procession from Billingsgate to Greenwich Palace, where Anne joined the procession, and on to the Tower of London. It must have been quite a spectacle, with around 120 large […]

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St Anne and Anne Boleyn

| December 8, 2013

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St Anne and Anne Boleyn

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church, which dates back to the 7th century when Eastern churches began celebrating the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is the origin of the feast, but the feast day as we know it today in the West dates back to around the […]

The White Falcon Coronation Song

| November 5, 2013

The White Falcon Coronation Song

Leanda de Lisle has just published a post on her blog about how Tamsin Lewis, an expert in Tudor music, has matched the lyrics of The White Falcon, a ballad performed at Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession on 31st May 1533, with a Tudor tune. You can read more about this news in Leanda’s article – […]