The Tudor Society

11 October Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn set sail, and the people pray for Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 11th October 1532, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, the newly created Marquess of Pembroke, set sail from Dover aboard the king’s ship, The Swallow.

They were off to Calais on a mission involving the Great Matter, Henry VIII's quest for an annulment. But why? What would they do there? Who would they meet?

Find out more about this trip, what happened and what happened next...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 11th October 1537, there was a solemn procession and prayers said for Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, who was in labour with her first and only child, Edward. In this video, I share contemporary accounts of the procession and Jane’s labour...

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