A Royal Wedding

There seems little doubt from the primary sources that Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn were married in secret over the Holbein Gate at Whitehall on 25 January 1533. In separate accounts both Thomas Cranmer and Nicholas Harpsfield give details of the early morning ceremony, which was conducted by the King’s chaplin Mr Rowland, although Anne’s…

A Thwarted Romance

  In or around 1522/23 it was common knowledge within Queen Katherine’s chambers that her maid of honour Anne Boleyn and Lord Henry Percy, the heir to the Earl of Northumberland were romantically involved with one another.  George Cavendish who was at the time Cardinal Wolsey’s Gentleman Usher recorded later in his memories that…   ‘Lord…

A Fair Lady is Born

Between 3 and 4pm on the afternoon of Sunday 7 September 1533 in the 25th year of King Henry VIII’s reign Queen Anne Boleyn was delivered of a ‘fair lady’ ie daughter at the King’s Manor at Greenwich. Even though Eustace Chapuys the Spanish Ambassador was soon writing to his master Charles V that the…

A Palace Fit For A Prince

As we saw from last week’s blog by late August 1533 Queen Anne Boleyn had retreated to the seclusion of her chambers at Greenwich and was patiently awaiting the birth of her son. The arrival of King Henry’s son and heir would secure the peaceful sucession of the English throne and insure the continuance of…