The Tudor Society

26 August – Queen Anne Boleyn takes her chamber

On this day in Tudor history, 26th August 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, prepared for the birth of her first child by "taking her chamber" at Greenwich Palace. This child was of course the future Queen Elizabeth I.

"Taking her chamber" was common practice in Tudor England, and in today's talk, I explain all of the rituals and traditions involved, as well as describing what Anne Boleyn's chamber would have been like.

You can find out more about Lady Margaret Beaufort's ordinances in my Claire Chats talk - click here. You can find out more about pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times in my Claire Chats talk on the topic - click here.

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