Happy St Anne’s Day!

Posted By on July 26, 2020

Today, 26th July, is the feast day of St Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ. Happy St Anne’s Day to any Annes or Annas out there! Have a wonderful day!

St Anne was very important to Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, and a pageant at her coronation procession in 1533 took St Anne, combined with Anne Boleyn’s falcon badge, as its theme.

Find out more about the pageant at Anne Boleyn’s coronation, and why St Anne was chosen as the theme, in this “on this day” video.

You can read Nasim’s article on Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession here

Also on this day in Tudor history, 26th July 1588, 4,000 men assembled at Tilbury Fort in an effort to prevent the Spanish Armada from travelling up the Thames and attacking London. Find out what had led up to this day in last year’s video:

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A court fool is rather foolish and Mary I gets married

Posted By on July 25, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 25th July 1535, the Feast of St James, the imperial ambassador wrote about a furious King Henry VIII who’d apparently been nearly driven to commit murder!

What had angered the king? Well, it involved Henry VIII’s fool and some foolish name-calling. Find out more in my latest “on this day in Tudor history” video:

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Also on this day in Tudor history, 25th July 1554, Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII by Catherine of Aragon, his first wife, married Philip of Spain, son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. The couple got married at Winchester Cathedral and Mary’s Lord Chancellor, Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, officiated at the ceremony. Find out more about their wedding in last year’s video:

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19 July – The Mary Rose and Mary Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 19th July 1545, Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, sank right in front of his eyes in the Battle of the Solent between the English and French fleets. But why did the Mary Rose sink? In today’s “on this day” video, I share the various theories on the sinking […]

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Teasel says ruff merchandise

Teasel says ruff merchandise

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Henry Percy – sweetheart of Anne Boleyn

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On this day in Tudor history, 29th June 1537, just over a year after the execution of his former sweetheart, Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry Algernon Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland, died at around the age of thirty-five. Percy had been ill for some time, and had actually collapsed after he sat in judgement on Anne […]

Top 10 Facts about Anne Boleyn

Even though I’ve done many many videos on Anne Boleyn, I realised that I hadn’t done a video with 10 top facts about Anne Boleyn. Of course, I could share many hundreds of interesting Anne Boleyn facts, after all, Anne Boleyn is my favourite historical character, but here’s ten that sprang to mind. Are there […]