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 […]

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 […]

The May Day Joust – Trouble in Tudor Paradise

| May 1, 2010

The May Day Joust – Trouble in Tudor Paradise

(or Henry Norris with the dead men’s shoes at the May Day Joust!) The May Day joust of the 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 […]

Poem – May Day 1536

| September 1, 2009

Poem – May Day 1536

This is Part 33 of Esther Hyams’ series of poems on the life of Anne Boleyn. Greenwich – May Day, 1536 May Day celebrations, a tournament watched by King and Queen Including the joust for which all the court was so eager and keen. This was between George Boleyn and Henry Norris, war to be […]