June 4 – Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, is proclaimed queen

| June 4, 2022

June 4 – Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, is proclaimed queen

On this day in history, 4th June 1536, Henry VIII’s new bride, Jane Seymour, was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Jane had become Henry VIII’s third wife on 30th May 1536, just eleven days after Anne Boleyn’s execution. Everything had moved incredibly fast. Find out more about what happened on this day in 1536…

May 30 – Knights of the Bath for Anne Boleyn’s coronation, and another wedding for Henry VIII

| May 30, 2022

May 30 – Knights of the Bath for Anne Boleyn’s coronation, and another wedding for Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, on the night of 30th/31st May 1533, as part of the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation, which was scheduled for 1st June, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath. What did this mean? What happened in this night-long ceremony? Find out… Exactly three years later, on 30th […]

April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

| April 1, 2022

April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1578, English physician William Harvey, was born in Folkestone, Kent. Harvey has gone down in history as being the man who discovered the circulation of blood, and he was also physician extraordinary to King James I and King Charles I. How did Harvey work out that the […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

| May 20, 2021

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

No matter how many times I read and write about it, Henry VIII’s behaviour in 1536 always disgusts me. Obviously, the whole fall of Anne Boleyn and those five courtiers is terrible, a real miscarriage of justice, but then it’s made worse by Henry VIII moving on with his life with unseemly haste. The very […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII wastes no time…

| May 20, 2020

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII wastes no time…

If I could go back in time and give Henry VIII a piece of mind, I would… well, perhaps not. It might not be safe to do that! The speed of events in May 1536 never fails to shock me, and the speed with which Henry VIII moved on to wife number 3 disgusts me. […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII and Jane Seymour get betrothed – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 20, 2019

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII and Jane Seymour get betrothed – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

King Henry VIII wasted no time in May 1536. With wife number 2 dead and buried, he quickly moved on to wife number 3, getting betrothed to Jane Seymour the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution and marrying her ten days later. I give all the details in today’s final Fall of Anne Boleyn video, including […]

14 May 1536 – The rise of the phoenix, Jane Seymour

| May 14, 2019

14 May 1536 – The rise of the phoenix, Jane Seymour

On this day in 1536, 14th May, while her predecessor and former mistress was in the Tower of London waiting for her trial, Jane Seymour was moved to be closer to the king and was treated like a queen. Find out more about this, and Eustace Chapuys’ rather unflattering description, in today’s video. I’m doing […]

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

| April 1, 2019

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1536, the imperial ambassador passed on information he’d received from two separate sources to his master, Emperor Charles V. The news was regarding Henry VIII and his behaviour towards one of his wife’s ladies-in-waiting, a certain Jane Seymour. Find out exactly what happened, what Henry and Jane […]