Heartbreak at Hampton Court Palace

The 1533 Christmas season at Henry VIII’s court was by all accounts a merry affair. Everything seemed to be going according to plan. After 6 years of waiting King Henry VIII had officially married Anne Boleyn in January 1533. She had been publicly acknowledged and prayed for as Queen at Easter and in June a…

A Woman Like No Other

Why did the woman who returned to England from France in 1522 manage to so captivate the whole English Court with her looks, her style, her wit and charm? By 1522 Anne Boleyn was approximately 22 years of age and had been in royal service abroad for 9 years. Anne’s father Sir Thomas Boleyn was…

1535 Summer Progress

Henry VIII did not go on summer holidays, as we know them today. So in order for the ordinary English people to see their ruler, he would go out into the Kingdom on an annual summer progress and be openly seen by his subjects. Aswell as the need to be seen there were many other…

An Unexpected Visitor

….as anxiety begins to get the better of me I lift my skirts and run the short distance between our entrance hall, the heavy portcullis and the drawbridge. My imagination is running rampant and with every false alarm I return inside only to imagine the sound of the King’s nearest guard, The Band of Gentlemen…

Anne Boleyn & The Secret of King Edward’s Chair

The contemporary accounts of Anne Boleyn’s coronation at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 1st June 1533 tell us that Anne sat facing the high altar upon King Edward’s chair. It was an ancient tradition that every English monarch sat in the chair and it had been used at every coronation service since Edward II’s in 1308….