11 April 1533 – Royal Honours Given to Anne Boleyn

| April 11, 2013

11 April 1533 – Royal Honours Given to Anne Boleyn

On 11th April 1533, Good Friday, King Henry VIII informed his Royal Council that Anne Boleyn was now his wife and that they must accord her with royal honours. Two days earlier, Henry had sent a delegation of his councillors, led by the Duke of Norfolk, to Catherine of Aragon to inform her that her […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Triumphant

| April 11, 2012

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Triumphant

Good Friday 1533 (11th April) was an important day for Anne Boleyn. It was the day on which Henry VIII informed his Council that Anne was his rightful wife and Queen and she should be accorded with Royal honours. Catherine of Aragon had already been demoted to Dowager Princess of Wales after convocation had ruled […]

11th April 1533, Good Friday – Anne Boleyn is Queen

| April 11, 2011

11th April 1533, Good Friday – Anne Boleyn is Queen

On Good Friday 1533, the 11th April, Henry VIII informed the Royal Council that Anne Boleyn was now his wife and Queen, and ordered them to accord her with royal honours, in the place of Catherine of Aragon who was now the Dowager Princess of Wales. This date, 11th April 1533, is recorded in Hans […]

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle – Part Three: Jupiter and Change

| September 9, 2010

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle – Part Three: Jupiter and Change

As a result of my previous two articles on Hans Holbein the Younger’s “The Ambassadors”, my good friend Robert Parry, author of the wonderful “Virgin and the Crab” and a bit of expert on astrology, has kindly looked at the astrological line-up for Good Friday 1533, the 11th April (Old Style), the date which is […]

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part Two: Symbols

| September 8, 2010

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part Two: Symbols

As I said in my previous article, “Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part One: Context”, The Ambassadors is a Renaissance puzzle, a code in a painting, a message to be fathomed. It may look like a portrait of two men, two ambassadors, but in “The Ambassador’s Secret”1, John North writes of how the […]

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part One: Context

| September 8, 2010

Holbein’s The Ambassadors: A Renaissance Puzzle? – Part One: Context

Hans Holbein the Younger’s “The Ambassadors” is a painting I’ve written about before in my article on “Anne Boleyn’s Faith” and it’s a painting I want to look at again because there seem to be so many theories out there regarding this painting and what message it is sending. It is widely known and understood […]

Anne Boleyn’s Faith

| April 1, 2010

Anne Boleyn’s Faith

In my last article, I looked at Anne’s role in the Reformation and today I continue the theme of religion by looking at Anne Boleyn’s personal faith and the clues and evidence which give us an idea of what she truly believed in her heart. One of Anne Boleyn’s Book of Hours is on display […]