11 April 1533 – Royal Honours Given to Anne Boleyn

| April 11, 2013

11 April 1533 – Royal Honours Given to Anne Boleyn

On 11th April 1533, Good Friday, King Henry VIII informed his Royal Council that Anne Boleyn was now his wife and that they must accord her with royal honours. Two days earlier, Henry had sent a delegation of his councillors, led by the Duke of Norfolk, to Catherine of Aragon to inform her that her […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Triumphant

| April 11, 2012

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Triumphant

Good Friday 1533 (11th April) was an important day for Anne Boleyn. It was the day on which Henry VIII informed his Council that Anne was his rightful wife and Queen and she should be accorded with Royal honours. Catherine of Aragon had already been demoted to Dowager Princess of Wales after convocation had ruled […]

The Holbein Sketch – Is it Anne Boleyn?

| December 15, 2011

The Holbein Sketch – Is it Anne Boleyn?

Bendor Grosvenor, historian and art dealer, has just published an interesting article on his Art History News blog entitled Anne Boleyn regains her head in which he discusses research he and David Starkey carried out a few years ago on the Holbein drawing inscribed “Anna Bollein Queen”. He has actually reproduced the article he wrote […]

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

| May 31, 2011

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

This day in history, 31st May 1533, saw the lavish and triumphant coronation procession of Anne Boleyn from the Royal Palace of the Tower of London to Westminster Hall in readiness for her coronation on the 1st June 1533. Anne and Henry had waited years for this moment so it is little wonder that the […]

Anne Boleyn and Hans Holbein

| December 22, 2010

Anne Boleyn and Hans Holbein

On this page you will find pictures of the various pieces that Hans Holbein designed for Anne Boleyn. Mount Parnassus Hans Holbein was commissioned by Anne Boleyn to design displays for her coronation processions on the 31st May and 1st June 1533. One tableau was erected in Gracechurch Street and was a representation of Apollo […]

A Gift Fit for a King – Anne Boleyn’s New Year Gift to Henry VIII

| December 22, 2010

A Gift Fit for a King – Anne Boleyn’s New Year Gift to Henry VIII

Giving gifts at Christmas is a relatively modern phenomenon, even here in Spain the gifts come from the Three Kings on the eve of Epiphany rather than from Santa on Christmas Eve. In Tudor times, gifts were given at New Year and I thought you might be interested in the following:- January 1533 (the same […]

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle – Part Three: Jupiter and Change

| September 9, 2010

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle – Part Three: Jupiter and Change

As a result of my previous two articles on Hans Holbein the Younger’s “The Ambassadors”, my good friend Robert Parry, author of the wonderful “Virgin and the Crab” and a bit of expert on astrology, has kindly looked at the astrological line-up for Good Friday 1533, the 11th April (Old Style), the date which is […]

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part Two: Symbols

| September 8, 2010

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part Two: Symbols

As I said in my previous article, “Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part One: Context”, The Ambassadors is a Renaissance puzzle, a code in a painting, a message to be fathomed. It may look like a portrait of two men, two ambassadors, but in “The Ambassador’s Secret”1, John North writes of how the […]