18 April 1536 – Chapuys does Anne Boleyn “reverence”

| April 18, 2015

18 April 1536 – Chapuys does Anne Boleyn “reverence”

On 18th April 1536, just a month and a day before Anne Boleyn’s execution, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador was manoeuvred into a position which forced him to encounter Anne Boleyn and bow to her, recognising her as queen. We know from Chapuys’ report to Charles V that he had refused the offer of visiting […]

18 April 1536 – Chapuys Bows to Queen Anne Boleyn

| April 18, 2014

18 April 1536 – Chapuys Bows to Queen Anne Boleyn

On Tuesday 18th April 1536, the Imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, met Anne Boleyn in the chapel of Greenwich Palace. He had refused the offer of visiting Anne and kissing her hand, claiming that such “a visit would not be advisable” and begging Cromwell to excuse him, but the King had other ideas.1 George Boleyn, Lord […]

Death of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

| June 25, 2010

Death of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

On this day in history, 25th June 1533, Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Tudor, died at her home, Westhorpe Hall, Suffolk at the age of just 37. She was laid to rest at the local abbey in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, but her body was later moved to St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds, when the […]

The Concubine, the Organist and the Portuguese Infanta

| May 15, 2010

The Concubine, the Organist and the Portuguese Infanta

On this day in history, the 15th May 1536, before Anne Boleyn had even been tried and found guilty, Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, wrote to his ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, regarding what he had heard about Queen Anne Boleyn, the allegations against her and the King’s plans to remove her and remarry. What is […]

Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon – Part 2

| August 26, 2009

Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon – Part 2

Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments that you all left on “Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon – Part 1”, I didn’t realise that I’d spark off so much discussion! Last week I examined Catherine of Aragon and her feelings about the annulment (“The Great Matter”), her husband and Anne, and today […]

Poem – March and April 1536

| August 21, 2009

Poem – March and April 1536

This is Part 31 of Esther Hyams’ brilliant poetry series on the life and times of our heroine, Anne Boleyn. March & April 1536 A rage filled Anne heard of her husband, King Henry VIII’s new chaste love affair A woman who was being treated like Anne was 3 years before, with such care. As […]

Anne Boleyn – “The Great Whore”

| June 18, 2009

Anne Boleyn – “The Great Whore”

Yes! Finally, I can get to write about Anne Boleyn again – phew! I’m sorry that Henry VIII has dominated the last few posts but, with the 500th anniversary of his coronation on June 24th, there are many special Henry VIII events taking place over the next week. Anne Boleyn: “The Great Whore” Today, moving […]

Did Anne Boleyn Create a Monster?

| April 22, 2009

Did Anne Boleyn Create a Monster?

I was sat watching the third episode of David Starkey’s brilliant “Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant” on Monday night and it suddenly struck me – did Anne Boleyn create a monster? Was she responsible for turning him into a bloodthirsty, wrathful King who was responsible for the executions of around 72,000 during his […]