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7 February 1526 – A joust, a lost eye and unrequited love

| February 7, 2017

On this day in history, 7the February 1526, the traditional Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The joust’s theme was unrequited love. Henry Courtenay, Marquess of Exeter, and his team of men wore green velvet and crimson satin embroidered with burning hearts. Above these hearts, a lady’s hand was depicted coming out of a […]

7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

| February 7, 2016

7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

On this day in history, 7th February 1526, the traditional Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The joust’s theme was unrequited love. Henry Courtenay, Marquess of Exeter, and his team of men wore green velvet and crimson satin embroidered with burning hearts. Above these hearts, a lady’s hand was depicted coming out of a […]

4 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2015

4 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

In 1522, 4th March* was Shrove Tuesday and was the day of the special Shrovetide pageant, “The Château Vert”, which took place at York Place in London. This pageant was Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Henry VIII’s court following her return from France, where she had been serving Queen Claude, consort of Francis I. […]

7 February 1526 – The Shrovetide Joust at Greenwich

| February 7, 2015

7 February 1526 – The Shrovetide Joust at Greenwich

Shrove Tuesday 1526 was celebrated with a “solemn joust” at Greenwich Palace. According to the chronicler Edward Hall, Henry VIII rode out in cloth of gold and silver “richely embraudered, with a mannes harte in a presse, with flames about it, and in letters were written ‘Declare I dare not’. The Marquis of Exeter and […]

Lent, Shrovetide, Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday

| February 21, 2012

Lent, Shrovetide, Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, as my children call it, so I thought it would be good to write a quick article about Lent in Tudor times. Lent was, and is, the lead-up to Holy Week and it lasted six and a half weeks. In Tudor times, it was a period of fasting, […]

The Shrovetide Joust of February 1526

| February 7, 2012

The Shrovetide Joust of February 1526

The shrovetide joust of 1526 was the first indication of Henry VIII’s courtly pursuit of Anne Boleyn. According to the chronicler Edward Hall, it was on this day that Henry VIII rode out in cloth of gold and silver “richely embraudered, with a mannes harte in a presse, with flames about it, and in letters […]