1 May 1536 – A May Day joust ends badly – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 1, 2019

1 May 1536 – A May Day joust ends badly – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

This day in 1536 was the day of the annual May Day joust. All seemed normal and happy, and nobody watching could have known that the leaders of the challengers and defenders would soon be imprisoned. Find out what happened at the joust, and what happened when the king left abruptly with his good friend […]

1 May 1536 – An abandoned May Day joust

| May 1, 2016

1 May 1536 – An abandoned May Day joust

On 1st May 1536, King Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, attended the traditional May Day joust at Greenwich Palace. The joust started well. George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, the Queen’s brother, led the challengers and Sir Henry Norris, Groom of the Stool, led the defenders. At one point, Norris’s horse refused to […]

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 […]