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The 1536 May Day Joust

| May 1, 2018

The 1st May was and is May Day, a day to celebrate the beginning of summer. At the royal court, it was celebrated with a special May Day joust and in 1536 this took place at Greenwich Palace. Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, attended the joust just as they had in […]

1 May 1536 – May Day jousting at Greenwich

| May 1, 2017

On 1st May 1536, King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn attended the annual May Day joust at Greenwich Palace. Although court musician Mark Smeaton had been apprehended the previous day and the king and queen’s forthcoming trip to Calais had been cancelled, everything seemed normal as the jousting began. The queen’s brother, George Boleyn, […]

1 May 1536 – Henry VIII leaves the May Day joust suddenly

| May 1, 2015

1 May 1536 – Henry VIII leaves the May Day joust suddenly

Following their argument the day before, King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn attended the traditional May Day joust at Greenwich Palace together. Anne would have been unaware of the apprehension of court musician Mark Smeaton the day before but she must have been aware that something was going on at court – Henry VIII […]

1 May 1536 – Henry VIII Abandons Anne Boleyn at the May Day Joust

| May 1, 2014

1 May 1536 – Henry VIII Abandons Anne Boleyn at the May Day Joust

Queen Anne Boleyn attended the traditional May Day joust at Greenwich Palace on 1st May 1536 with her husband Henry VIII. She did not know that court musician Mark Smeaton had been apprehended and interrogated over night, but she may have had an inkling that all was not well following an argument she’d had with […]

1 May 1536 – The Fateful May Day Joust

| May 1, 2013

1 May 1536 – The Fateful May Day Joust

The May Day joust of 1st May 1536 should have been like every other May Day joust. It should have been a day of celebration, of fun and joy. Instead, it was to be the first outward sign that something was wrong in Tudor Paradise. Anne Boleyn sat watching the May Day jousting at Greenwich […]