25 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Francis I arrive at Calais

| October 25, 2013

On Friday 25th October 1532, Henry VIII and Francis I left Boulogne, where Henry VIII had been Francis’s guest at the French court, to go to Calais and there meet with Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke. Chronicler Edward Hall writes of how Francis I was accompanied by a train of twelve hundred people and many […]

21 October 1532 – Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn in Calais while he met with Francis I

| October 21, 2013

On Monday 21st October 1532, according to Edward Hall’s Chronicle and Wynkyn de Worde’s The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys and Bulleyn, Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn in Calais to spend four days with Francis I, “his beloved brother”, at the French court in Boulogne. Hall describes how Henry was “accompaignied with the Dukes […]

30 September 1544 – Henry VIII Returns from Boulogne Triumphant

| September 30, 2013

On this day in history, 30th September 1544, King Henry VIII returned to England after his victory in Boulogne. The French forces had surrendered on 13th September after a siege which had lasted from 19th July. Edward Hall records the campaign in his chronicle: “The fourtene day of July the kynges maiestie in his royall […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Tree

| February 8, 2013

Genealogists, historians and researchers have been discussing Anne Boleyn’s roots for centuries and today there still does not seem to be a complete agreement over the origins of the Boleyns. I am no genealogy expert, but I’ve been researching the Boleyns for years now and this article is a presentation of my findings and a […]