1. 🕯📿🕯I never went to Catholic school but I did go to church every Sunday till I was 16 and then decided "no". I actually served as an acolyte and a thurifer in my youth for a few years, then quit. Episcopalian, I was. The religion born for divorce. #KingHenryVIII
Henry VIII Foot Armour for the Camp du Drap D'or, ( Field of Cloth and Gold)
One of two harness made for the foot tournament at the Field of Cloth and Gold summit in 1520. These armours, created at Greenwich were for a 29 year old Henry in his physical prime. This fully enclosed suit, for poleaxe or heavy weapon fighting in a cordoned ring is an incredible work of engineering, every part of the body covered by plate steel. Every joint has turners and articulation to allow totally free movement for combat. Even inside joints, usually protected by mail have articulated plate splint compression joints for maximum protection.
The armour is unembellished and has a rough " hammer finish" no doubt a fashion statement in itself. Due to last minute rule changes, this armour wasn't used at the tournament and the Greenwich armoury had to rush through the second harness, the tonlet armour for the tourney.
9th December 1538
Sir Edward Nevill (a branch of the prolific Neville family who were Lords Bergavenny) was executed, for his involvement in the Exeter Conspiracy.
Edward Nevill, a distant relative of Henry VIII, had been involved in the King’s early campaigns in France; was an Esquire of the King’s Body, Master of the Hounds and Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. He accompanied King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon to the Field of Cloth of Gold in 1520.
As with many of the older members of King Henry VIII’s court, and some mutual relatives, Nevill was not sympathetic of the annulment of the King’s first marriage, or the establishment of Royal Supremacy.
Arms of Nevill, Barons Bergavenny: Gules, a saltire argent charged with a rose of the field (barbed and seeded proper). These are the ancient arms of Neville differenced by a rose, the symbol of a 7th son, in reference to Sir Edward Neville, 1st Baron Bergavenny (died 1476), husband of Elizabeth de Beauchamp & 7th son of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland. These arms are borne today by the Neville Marquesses of Abergavenny
Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn. Portman was attracted to the role because it was a character that she "hadn’t played before", and describes Anne as "strong, yet she can be vulnerable and she's ambitious and calculating and will step on people but also feels remorse for it". One month before filming began, Portman started taking daily classes to master the English accent under dialect coach Jill McCulloch, who also stayed on set throughout the filming. #anneboleyn#kinghenryviii#thetudors#henryviii#theotherboleyngirl