April 25 – A suddenly hopeful Henry VIII, publication day for Catherine Parr, St Mark’s Day, and a Tudor troublemaker

| April 25, 2022

April 25 – A suddenly hopeful Henry VIII, publication day for Catherine Parr, St Mark’s Day, and a Tudor troublemaker

On this day in 1536, King Henry VIII suddenly seemed very hopeful of a Prince of Wales to succeed him. Did he know something that everyone else didn’t? Was Henry VIII hopeful that Queen Anne Boleyn could still give him a son, or had he, in his mind, moved onto his new flame, Jane Seymour? […]

April 24 – The legal machinery against Anne Boleyn, a marriage for Mary, Queen of Scots, and divining your future love!

| April 24, 2022

April 24 – The legal machinery against Anne Boleyn, a marriage for Mary, Queen of Scots, and divining your future love!

On this day in 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer, one for the county of Middlesex and one for the county of Kent. What were these commissions and what did they have to do with the fall of Anne Boleyn, if anything? On […]

Anne Boleyn’s Fall and Execution – Live Talk and Q&A with Claire Ridgway – 19 May 2021

| May 13, 2021

Anne Boleyn’s Fall and Execution – Live Talk and Q&A with Claire Ridgway – 19 May 2021

On 19th May 2021, to commemorate the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, I will be doing a live talk on Anne Boleyn’s fall and execution over on The Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel followed by a Q&A session. You can find out the time in your time zone on the live […]

April 24 – The legal machinery begins – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| April 24, 2021

April 24 – The legal machinery begins – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer, one for the county of Middlesex and one for the county of Kent. What were these commissions and what did they have to do with the fall of Anne Boleyn, if anything? Find […]

9 May 1536 – Henry VIII wants an update – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 9, 2019

9 May 1536 – Henry VIII wants an update – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, 9th May, King Henry VIII wanted an update on the ‘investigation’ into his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. In today’s video,I explain just what was happening at court on 9th May 1536. I’m doing these “Fall of Anne Boleyn” videos daily until 19th May and I started on 24th April. You […]

8 May 1536 – Courtiers will be courtiers, or perhaps vultures

| May 8, 2017

8 May 1536 – Courtiers will be courtiers, or perhaps vultures

Before I go into details on today’s event of 1536, let’s just have a recap of the events so far: 24 April 1536 – Legal commissions are set up 25 April 1536 – Henry VIII writes to his ambassadors abroad 26 April 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn meets with her chaplain 27 April 1536 – […]

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

| April 28, 2016

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

On 28th April 1536, it was reported that the king’s council was meeting every day and that Thomas Cromwell had been meeting with Dr Richard Sampson, a royal chaplain, Dean of Lichfield and an expert on canon law, for the past four days “continually”. Just what was going on at Henry VIII’s court? Read more…

27 April 1536 – Parliament summoned and a hint that the King wants to leave Anne Boleyn

| April 27, 2016

27 April 1536 – Parliament summoned and a hint that the King wants to leave Anne Boleyn

On this day in history 27th April 1536, writs were issued summoning Parliament to meet on 8th June, even though Parliament had only been dissolved on 14th April. A letter was also sent to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer asking him to attend the Parliament. Why was Parliament being summoned? Did this have anything to do with […]