28 and 29 April 1536 – Something is going on

| April 28, 2014

28 and 29 April 1536 – Something is going on

Something was definitely brewing at King Henry VIII’s court in late April 1536. Two commissions of oyer and terminer had been set up, writs for Parliament had been issued and now the King’s council was meeting on a daily basis.1 Meanwhile, according to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, Sir Nicholas Carew was advising and coaching […]

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 […]

Q&A with author Lauren Mackay on Eustace Chapuys

| March 31, 2014

Q&A with author Lauren Mackay on Eustace Chapuys

Thank you so much to Lauren Mackay for sharing her thoughts on Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, with us today as part of her book tour. I’ve been corresponding with Lauren for a number of years and I’m thrilled that she’s written a biography on Chapuys, a fascinating man and an invaluable primary source. Over […]

19 November 1541 – Chapuys Reports on the Catherine Howard Investigation

| November 19, 2013

19 November 1541 – Chapuys Reports on the Catherine Howard Investigation

On 19th November 1541, Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, wrote to Emperor Charles V. His letter included what he’d heard about Queen Catherine Howard’s imprisonment: “The day before yesterday the admiral Fitz-William sent me word by one of my own secretaries, and yesterday the Lord Privy Seal confirmed the news, that this Queen had confessed […]

18 April 1536 – Chapuys Tricked into Acknowledging Anne Boleyn as Queen

| April 18, 2013

18 April 1536 – Chapuys Tricked into Acknowledging Anne Boleyn as Queen

On this day in 1536, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, was tricked into acknowledging Anne Boleyn as Queen.Chapuys supported Catherine of Aragon and always referred to her as “Queen” and Anne Boleyn as either “the lady” or “the concubine”. He had managed to avoid acknowledging Anne’s status for three years but Henry VIII and Anne […]

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Bullies Mary

| June 15, 2012

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Bullies Mary

On 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent members of his council, led by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to visit his daughter, the Lady Mary, and bully her into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England and acknowledging that she was not the legitimate heir to the throne. Eustace Chapuys, […]

Eustace Chapuys, Imperial Ambassador

| January 21, 2012

Eustace Chapuys, Imperial Ambassador

Today I will be raising a glass and toasting Eustace Chapuys, Imperial Ambassador, because on this day in 1556 he died in Louvain, the place he had retired to in 1549. He was laid to rest in the Chapel of Louvain College, the college he had founded. So, why am I going to be raising […]

George Boleyn, the Admiral of France and an Angry Anne Boleyn

| November 11, 2011

George Boleyn, the Admiral of France and an Angry Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. As the French ambassador to England, his visit was apparently intended to renew relations between England and France, so was an important one. George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, was chosen to meet the Admiral […]