Oh to go back in time to the Château Vert Pageant!

| March 4, 2020

Sometimes I wish that I was a timewalker, or that I had a Tardis, or could walk through standing stones…. Oh to be able to go back to my favourite historical events, just for 30 minutes or so! Wouldn’t that be wonderful? And one of the events near the top of my want-to-see list is […]

What questions do you have about Anne Boleyn?

| January 29, 2020

What questions do you have about Anne Boleyn?

I’ve been doing a “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series on the Anne Boleyn Files & Tudor Society YouTube Channel and so far I’ve done 23 videos: Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn? January 24 – Henry VIII’s jousting accident – just how serious was it? Did Anne Boleyn miscarry a deformed foetus? Who was Mary […]

1457 and 1547 – Dates concerning three Tudor kings

| January 28, 2020

There’s something weird going on with the number today! One Tudor king was born on this day in history, another died and another came to the throne, all with the numbers 1,4,5 and 7 in the year. Strange! Yes, on this day in Tudor history, King Henry VII, the first of the Tudor monarchs, was […]

A feast day and Anne Boleyn’s wedding day!

| January 25, 2020

25th January is the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, an important day in Tudor times, but it was also an important day for Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, for it was their official wedding day. Now, I believe that they were actually already married, having been married secretly on 14th November 1532, […]

St Anthony, patron saint of pets

| January 17, 2020

Today, 17th January, is the Feast of St Anthony the Abbot (St Anthony the Great), a Christian monk who was born in the 3rd century in Egypt. Here in Spain, San Antonio is the patron saint of animals, particularly pets, and some churches have special services where owners can take their pets to be blessed. […]

29 October 1532 – Loving behaviour and hearty words

| October 29, 2019

29 October 1532 – Loving behaviour and hearty words

On this day in history, 29th October 1532, according to Wynkyn de Word, King Henry VIII accompanied his French counterpart, King Francis I, to Morgison, situated seven miles outside of Calais, and bid farewell to him there. Francis I then carried on to Paris. The two kings had spent four days together in English-held Calais […]

27 October – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance in a lavish masque

| October 27, 2019

27 October – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance in a lavish masque

On Sunday 27th October 1532, two days after Henry VIII had returned from Boulogne with the French King, Francis I, who had sent Anne a lovely diamond on his arrival, Anne Boleyn, Marquess of Pembroke, made a dramatic entrance to the great banquet held by King Henry VIII in Calais in honour of Francis. In […]

25 October – Henry VIII and Francis I arrive in Calais, but Anne Boleyn is nowhere to be seen

| October 25, 2019

25 October – Henry VIII and Francis I arrive in Calais, but Anne Boleyn is nowhere to be seen

On this day in Tudor history, 25th October 1532, King Henry VIII returned to the English territory of Calais following his visit to the French court at Boulogne. It was time for him to play host now to King Francis I of France and the French party who had travelled to Calais with him. But […]