6 January – Epiphany fun and feasting, and The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| January 6, 2022

6 January – Epiphany fun and feasting, and The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

Happy Epiphany! Happy Kings’ Day! Yes, today is the Feast of the Epiphany, the day that commemorated the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. I share some examples of how Epiphany was celebrated at the royal court. Find out what those Tudor people got up to on Twelfth Night in this talk… Also […]

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

| July 9, 2016

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, just over six months after he had married Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne was declared null and void. It was also declared that both parties were free to marry again. Anne did not ever remarry, but Henry already had wife number 5 waiting in […]

3 January 1540 and 1541 – Very different years for Anne of Cleves

| January 3, 2016

3 January 1540 and 1541 – Very different years for Anne of Cleves

What a difference a year made for Anne of Cleves! On 3rd January 1540 Anne was officially received by her soon-to-be husband, Henry VIII, at a spectacular pageant that spread from Greenwich Park to Blackheath. Chronicler Edward Hall1 describes the spectacle that greeted Anne: “On the morow being the third day of lanuary, & Saturday, […]