The Tudor Society
  • Preparing for a royal birth

    As today is the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn taking her chamber at Greenwich to prepare for the birth of her first child, I thought I’d share this talk I did a few years ago on the guidance Lady Margaret Beaufort gave for the birth and christening of a royal child.

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  • 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.

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