29 January 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn Loses a Son

| January 29, 2013

29 January 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn Loses a Son

The Imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, reported to Charles V on 10th February 1536 that on the day of Catherine of Aragon’s funeral, i.e. 29th January 1536, Anne Boleyn miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”.1 This report is backed up by the chronicler Charles Wriothesley, Windsor Herald and cousin of Thomas […]

Anne Boleyn’s Final Pregnancy

| December 5, 2012

Anne Boleyn’s Final Pregnancy

Following on from my post a few weeks ago about Anne Boleyn’s 1534 mystery pregnancy, I wanted to examine the various theories regarding Anne’s final pregnancy which ended in January 1536, less than four months before her execution. A Straightforward Miscarriage The majority of historians and authors believe that Anne Boleyn’s final pregnancy ended with […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage

| January 29, 2012

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage

On this day in history, 29th January 1536, Anne Boleyn suffered her second and final miscarriage. It was her third pregnancy – she had given birth to healthy baby girl, the future Elizabeth I, on the 7th September 1533, and then had suffered a late miscarriage in the summer of 1534 – and the loss […]

Henry VIII, Kell Blood Group and McLeod Syndrome

| March 7, 2011

Henry VIII, Kell Blood Group and McLeod Syndrome

Back in February, I wrote about a new report published by American researchers Catrina ­Whitley and Kyra Kramer in “The Historical Journal”, and for some reason it’s back in the news and is a hot topic at the moment. The report, entitled “A New Explanation for the Reproductive Woes and Midlife Decline of Henry VIII” […]

Should Henry VIII be Exhumed and Would it Provide the Answer to his Tyranny?

| February 15, 2011

Should Henry VIII be Exhumed and Would it Provide the Answer to his Tyranny?

On Sunday 13th February, there was a report on The Daily Express and Sunday Express website entitled “Queen Asked: May We Dig Up Henry VIII?”. The article opened with the following:- “THE Queen is to be asked for permission to exhume the body of Henry VIII in a bid to prove that a rare ­disease […]

Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage – 29th January 1536

| January 29, 2011

Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage – 29th January 1536

On the same day that her predecessor, Catherine of Aragon, was laid to rest, Anne Boleyn miscarried. The Imperial ambassador reported the miscarriage to his master, Charles V:- “On the day of the interment [Catherine of Aragon’s funeral] the Concubine had an abortion which seemed to be a male child which she had not borne […]

Henry VIII’s Jousting Accident – 24th January 1536

| January 24, 2011

Henry VIII’s Jousting Accident – 24th January 1536

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, Henry VIII was unhorsed by his opponent during a joust at Greenwich Palace:- “On the eve of the Conversion of St. Paul, the King being mounted on a great horse to run at the lists, both fell so heavily that every one thought it a miracle he […]

Was Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage Responsible for Her Fall?

| January 29, 2010

Was Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage Responsible for Her Fall?

On this day in history, 29th January 1536 Catherine of Aragon was interred at Peterborough Cathedral and her successor Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage, a huge blow to both Anne and Henry VIII who were desperate for a son. As I said in my post a couple of week’s ago, there are many possible reasons […]