14 November – A wedding anniversary for Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 14th November and the Feast of St Erkenwald, there may have been two royal Tudor weddings. We know that Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, married Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, on […]

11 November – An important mission for George Boleyn and a move for Queen Catherine Howard

| November 11, 2019

11 November – An important mission for George Boleyn and a move for Queen Catherine Howard

On 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. The purpose of the diplomatic mission he was leading was to renew Anglo-French relations. George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, was chosen to meet the admiral and escort him from Dover to London. […]

11 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn accompanies Henry VIII to Calais

| October 11, 2019

11 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn accompanies Henry VIII to Calais

At just before dawn on this day in history, 11th October 1532, Anne Boleyn, the newly created Marquess of Pembroke, and her sweetheart, King Henry VIII, set sail from Dover in the king’s ship, The Swallow. They were headed for Calais, which was an English territory at the time. The purpose of their trip was […]

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn becomes Marquess of Pembroke

| September 1, 2019

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn becomes Marquess of Pembroke

On this day in Tudor history, 1st September 1532, in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle, King Henry VIII elevated his sweetheart Anne Boleyn to the peerage by making her Marquess of Pembroke. This was a hugely significant act because Henry VIII made Anne a marquess in her own right, granted the title to her […]

25 July – Name-calling and a royal marriage

| July 25, 2019

25 July – Name-calling and a royal marriage

On this day in history, 25th July 1535, the Feast of St James, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, wrote to Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, one of Emperor Charles V’s advisors, and included a post-script regarding Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Elizabeth, being verbally attacked by Will Somer (Summer), King Henry VIII’s fool. Chapuys recorded: “P.S.-He […]

19 July – Mary Boleyn, a new queen, the Mary Rose and a noble imp

| July 19, 2019

19 July – Mary Boleyn, a new queen, the Mary Rose and a noble imp

19th July is a very busy day in terms on “on this day in Tudor history” events, so I thought I’d give you brief details on four of the events, along with links for further reading and today’s “on this day” video. On this day in history, 19th July 1543, Mary Stafford (née Boleyn), wife […]

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

| June 29, 2019

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

29th June is a busy day for “on this day in Tudor history” events, and I thought I’d share with you some information on a few of them. On this day in history, 29th June 1536, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal, an office he had held […]

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

| June 24, 2019

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

Today is the feast day of St John the Baptist, an important celebration in the medieval and Tudor periods, with it coinciding with Midsummer, and a day that is still important in some Catholic countries. Fairies, fires, dancing, feasting and drinking were all part of the celebrations. In today’s extra “on this day in Tudor […]