March 4 – William Bullokar and his 40-letter alphabet and, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn star in the spectacular Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 4, 2022

March 4 – William Bullokar and his 40-letter alphabet and, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn star in the spectacular Chateau Vert Pageant

On this day in history, 4th March 1609, Tudor spelling reformer and grammarian William Bullokar died at Chichester in West Sussex. William Bullokar is known for writing the first grammar book of English, the “Pamphlet for Grammar”, and for his work reforming the alphabet to improve literacy. Find out more about him and what he […]

Oh to go back in time to the Château Vert Pageant!

| March 4, 2020

Oh to go back in time to the Château Vert Pageant!

Sometimes I wish that I was a timewalker, or that I had a Tardis, or could walk through standing stones…. Oh to be able to go back to my favourite historical events, just for 30 minutes or so! Wouldn’t that be wonderful? And one of the events near the top of my want-to-see list is […]

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn takes part in a pageant

| March 4, 2017

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn takes part in a pageant

On Shrove Tuesday 1522, 4th March, Anne Boleyn took part in the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, a property owned by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. This was her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France in late 1521. The pageant was part of the Shrovetide celebrations which began on […]

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn and the Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 4, 2016

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn and the Chateau Vert Pageant

On Shrove Tuesday 1522, 4th March, Anne Boleyn took part in the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, a property owned by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. This was her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France in late 1521. The pageant was part of the Shrovetide celebrations which began on […]

4 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2015

4 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

In 1522, 4th March* was Shrove Tuesday and was the day of the special Shrovetide pageant, “The Château Vert”, which took place at York Place in London. This pageant was Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Henry VIII’s court following her return from France, where she had been serving Queen Claude, consort of Francis I. […]

Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance – March 1522

| August 22, 2014

Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance – March 1522

The next part in my Anne Boleyn’s Life series… As I mentioned in my article Anne Boleyn and the French Court 1514-1521, Anne Boleyn was recalled from France in late 1521. We don’t know when she arrived back in England or when she arrived at Henry VIII’s court, but she was there by 4th March […]

4th March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

| March 1, 2014

4th March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

On the evening of Shrove Tuesday, 4th March 1522,* Anne Boleyn played the part of Perseverance at the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France. Edward Hall records the pageant in his chronicle: “On shrouetewesdaie at night, thesaid Cardinall to the kyng […]

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Takes Part in the Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2013

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Takes Part in the Chateau Vert Pageant

It is not known exactly when Anne returned to England from France, although she was recalled in late 1521, but she was at the English court by 4th March 1522.* Records show that it was on that date that Anne took part in the Shrove Tuesday “Château Vert” pageant, playing the role of Perseverance. The […]