23 April 1536 – Nicholas Carew, George Boleyn and the Order of the Garter

| April 23, 2014

23 April 1536 – Nicholas Carew, George Boleyn and the Order of the Garter

St George’s day, 23 April 1536, brought the first outward sign that the Boleyns were losing their influence. George was expected to receive the Order of the Garter, the pinnacle honour of the realm, and his sister strongly supported him. George had been nominated the previous year and had received a reasonable amount of support, […]

23rd April 1536 – A Blow for George Boleyn and a Victory for Nicholas Carew

| April 23, 2013

23rd April 1536 – A Blow for George Boleyn and a Victory for Nicholas Carew

Less than a month before he was executed, George Boleyn suffered a blow which some historians take as a warning sign (hindsight is a wonderful thing!). At the annual chapter meeting of the Order of the Garter at Greenwich, on 23rd April 1536, votes were taken for the election of a new knight to the […]

Henry versus Catherine: Who’s Who in the Diplomacy by Catherine Fletcher

| July 12, 2012

Henry versus Catherine: Who’s Who in the Diplomacy by Catherine Fletcher

Thank you so much to Catherine Fletcher, historian and author of “The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story from Inside the Vatican”, for this guest article. You can read my review of Catherine’s book over on our review site – click here. Over to Catherine… In the six years it took Henry to end […]

28th April 1536 – A Tudor Storm Brewing

| April 28, 2011

28th April 1536 – A Tudor Storm Brewing

Yes, and we are not talking about the weather, although that certainly looks as little iffy at the moment! No, we are talking about events and suspicious behaviour at the court of our Bluff King Hal, his Majesty King Henry VIII. As you know, we are a newspaper committed to keeping readers abreast of what […]

St George’s Day 1536 – A Sign that All is Not Well in Paradise

| April 23, 2011

St George’s Day 1536 – A Sign that All is Not Well in Paradise

Here at The Anne Boleyn Files studio in London, we have just received news that the annual chapter meeting of the Order of the Garter at Greenwich has just finished. Our reporter on the ground is waiting to hear confirmation that the Queen’s brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, has been given this post. While we […]

Sir Richard Page and Sir Francis Bryan

| May 5, 2010

Sir Richard Page and Sir Francis Bryan

Sir Richard Page is mentioned, along with Sir Thomas Wyatt, as being imprisoned in the Tower in a letter from Sir William Kingston to Thomas Cromwell, which is undated and badly damaged by fire but which is thought to have been written on the 5th May1. But who was Sir Richard Page and how did […]

27th and 28th April 1536

| April 27, 2010

27th and 28th April 1536

On this day in history, the 27th April 1536, writs were issued summoning Parliament and a letter sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury asking him to attend Parliament. Here is section from the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, which pertains to this:- “Summons to the archbishop of Canterbury to attend the Parliament […]

A Warning Sign

| April 23, 2010

A Warning Sign

On St George’s Day (23rd April) 1536 the annual chapter meeting of the Order of the Garter took place at Greenwich. The following passage is taken from Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 10:- “On St. George’s Day, 23 April 28 Hen. VIII., a chapter of the Order of the Garter was […]