14 November 1532 – The first secret marriage?

| November 14, 2016

According to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn on St Paul’s Day 1533, i.e. 25th January 1533, in a ceremony that was so secret that even Cranmer did not find out about it until several weeks after the happy event. However, this may not have been the first secret marriage ceremony for […]

Happy Wedding Anniversary Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn – 25 January 1533

| January 25, 2014

Happy Wedding Anniversary Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn – 25 January 1533

On this day in history, 25th January 1533, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn got married in a secret ceremony at Whitehall. You can read all about the marriage in my article 25 January 1533 – Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This might not have been the first marriage ceremony that the couple had […]

St Erkenwald’s Day – The 1532 Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and the 1501 Marriage of Arthur, Prince of Wales, and Catherine of Aragon

| November 14, 2013

St Erkenwald’s Day – The 1532 Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and the 1501 Marriage of Arthur, Prince of Wales, and Catherine of Aragon

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn returned from their trip to Calais on St Erkenwald’s Day (14th November) 1532, landing at Dover, on the Kent coast, at 5am.1 The couple then took their time travelling to London. Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, wrote that the King spent a few days in Dover and the surrounding area […]

25 January 1533 – The Secret Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| January 25, 2013

25 January 1533 – The Secret Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 25th January 1533, St Paul’s Day, King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in a secret ceremony at Whitehall. Nicholas Harpsfield, the Catholic apologist writing in Mary I’s reign, recorded: “The first whereof was that the King was married to [the] Lady Anne Bulleyne long ere there was any divorce made […]

14th November 1532 – The Wedding of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII?

| November 14, 2012

14th November 1532 – The Wedding of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII?

Tudor chronicler Edward Hall recorded in his chronicle: “The kyng, after his returne [from Calais] maried priuily[privily] the lady Anne Bulleyn on sainet Erkenwaldes daie, whiche mariage was kept so secrete, that very fewe knewe it, til she was greate with child, at Easter after.”1 He is saying that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn were […]