1st May 1536 – May Day Joust

| May 1, 2012

1st May 1536 – May Day Joust

What should have been a fun day, a celebration, turned into a nightmare for Henry Norris, Henry VIII’s Groom of the Stool and good friend. The day started well, with Norris leading the defenders and George Boleyn the challengers, but then Norris’s horse refused to run. Fortunately, this did not ruin the joust because the […]

1 May 1536 – King Henry VIII Leaves May Day Joust Unexpectedly

| May 1, 2011

1 May 1536 – King Henry VIII Leaves May Day Joust Unexpectedly

Although the King and Queen’s Progress to Dover, to inspect the new harbour and fortifications there, has been cancelled, everyone breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced that the traditional May Day joust was going ahead. With everything that is going on at court at the moment, it was thought that it would […]