January 25th, 1533. Was the date and year that Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in secret.
Not many people had expected this, since he was known to have previously have been having a sexual relationship with her sister, Mary Boleyn, so many people at court expected Mary to have gotten much further with Henry then she did. Everyone had not expected Henry to go after the other sister, Anne, when he lost interest in her.
Anne broke all the Tudor lady ways of looks and fashion. Your typical Tudor woman was usually known for being Blonde hair, Blue eyed, Fair skinned and conservatively dressed. Anne was Dark hair, Dark eyed, Olive skinned and she dressed in the french fashion, a fashion that would have seemed rather risky and revealing to the people in the English court of 1526.
Henry was said to have “fallen under Anne’s spell” on February 28th 1526, whilst secretly performing in a play that was taking place in court upon the arrival of the Spanish ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, who was to become one of Katherine of Aragon’s closest advisors during this time. Anne was in the play posed as a damsel waiting to be rescued by her knight in shining armour, who just so happened to be the King… Little was he to know though, that Anne had purposely been put in his way in this play, thanks to the bribery of her Father, Thomas Boleyn. At first Anne was not best pleased with Henry’s attempts to “woo” her, he sent many love letters and gifts to her, letters that she had to read to her father and uncle, letters which included the many “rude things” he couldn’t wait to do to her.
Once Anne had succumbed to the Kings charms, Henry finally put it into place that he wanted his annulment from his first wife, Katherine, meaning he intended to split the church from Catholicism to C of E so he could practise his new Protestant faith. This took 7 years for Henry to get some sort of result and in the end he only got appointed “Head of the Church” and “Defender of the faith” after being excommunicated by the pope due to wanting his annulment from the beloved Queen. But, with the help of his new Cardinal, Thomas Cranmer, he was determined to actually get his marriage annulled so he could marry his new to be wife.
This was then when both Henry and Anne could no longer wait, they wed in secret on January 25th, 1533 and their marriage was, unfortunately, only to last for 3 years.
With love, Charlotte x