17th May 1536- Execution of George Boleyn

On the morning of Wednesday, 17th May 1536 George Boleyn, Henry Norris, Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were led out of the western entrance… [more]

17th May 1536- Execution of George Boleyn 17th May 1536- Execution of George Boleyn

Anne Boleyn Badges, Symbolism & Mottoes

  The Falcon Anne’s identification as ‘the white falcon’ has its origins in the heraldic crests of the Butlers, earls of Ormonde.… [more]

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Tudor Christmas and New Year Celebrations

With Christmas less than two months away, I have started thinking about presents for the family, Christmas decorations and Christmas cards. I have also… [more]

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Anne Boleyn, ‘the late Quene’, from The Inventory of King Henry VIII

Background Six months after the death of King Henry VIII in 1547, a formal inventory of his moveable property was drawn up. The inventory took eighteen… [more]

Anne Boleyn, ‘the late Quene’, from The Inventory of King Henry VIII Anne Boleyn, ‘the late Quene’, from The Inventory of King Henry VIII

Women's Hygiene in Tudor England

A question that I have seen comes up regularly in forums and chats is how did women cope with menstruation in the sixteenth century? According to Ninya… [more]

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Anne Boleyn’s Arrival at the Tower of London

On the 2nd May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was arrested and transported from Greenwich to the Tower of London in full daylight. It is often stated that… [more]

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Tudor Tombs and Burials

Lady Margaret Beaufort (31 May 1443 – 29 June 1509) Lady Margaret Beaufort was the mother of King Henry VII and grandmother of King Henry VIII. Lady… [more]

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Walking the Route of Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

Walking the Route of Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession By Zoe Bramley from London History Walks At around 17:00 on Saturday 31st May, a fine spring… [more]

Walking the Route of Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession Walking the Route of Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

Anne Boleyn's Remains & Restoration of the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula

In the 19th century the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay visited the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London and recorded his impressions… [more]

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Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I’s Coronation

A friend of mine recently wrote to me to share some information he’d read about Anne Boleyn in a book by Trea Martyn, called Elizabeth in the Garden.… [more]

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In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn

I am delighted to share with you that the non-fiction book I have co-authored with Sarah Morris, In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn, is now available for… [more]

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn

Recent Posts

Fortunes of France: The Brethren – Sample Chapter & Giveaway!

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Thanks to the generosity of the lovely folk at Pushkin Press, I have five copies of Fortunes of France: The Brethren by Robert Merle to give away. This is the first volume in a French  historical adventure series, set in France during England's Tudor period. The series has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, and this is its first translation into English. Merle has been compared to Alexandre Dumas, and the series to the Flashman books and Game of Thrones. Book Description The … [Read More...]

Hello, History Home Decor

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A guest post by Kathryn Carissimi, founder of Hello, History Home Decor. Hello, On the Tudor Trail. It’s an honor to be here. Hello, History began with a very special thank you card. A family friend noticed my frequent “likes” and mentions of posts about Anne Boleyn, and decided to pass on a special memento: a small vase in the likeness of the executed Queen, purchased twenty years ago at the Tower of London. I envisioned a thank you card with a similar likeness, but on a bright, … [Read More...]

Murder in the Queen’s Garden by Amanda Carmack

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I am delighted to welcome Amanda Carmack to On the Tudor Trail! Amanda is the author of many historical novels, including the Kate Haywood Elizabethan Murder Mysteries. The third book in the series, 'Murder in the Queen's Garden' is due to be released in February 2015. Book Description 1559. Elizabeth has been on the throne for six months, and life in England seems newly golden. But for the Royal Court, murder and betrayal are foretold in the stars.... Kate Haywood, the young queen’s … [Read More...]

What is it about the Tudors? Historical Novel Society Australasia

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What is it about the Tudors? 2015 Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference On the weekend of 20-22 March 2015, the Historical Novel Society Australasia (HNSA) is holding its inaugural conference at the historic Balmain Town Hall, Sydney, exploring the theme of ‘The Historical Novel in Peace and War’. The conference will be a celebration of the historical fiction genre in a weekend of talks, panels, debates, book launches and readings. Balmain Town Hall The opening night … [Read More...]

On the Tudor Trail’s 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway Winners!

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Hearty congratulations to all our winners! You'll find an email from me in your inbox. Happy New Year! December 1 Anne Boleyn Xmas Decoration (Donated by Natalie Grueninger – me!) Open internationally Congratulations Emily Magee! December 2 ‘Elizabeth the Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her’ by Robert Parry Paperback or Kindle Open internationally Congratulations Denise Duvall! December 3 ‘Jasper Tudor: Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty’ by Debra … [Read More...]

On the 25th Day of Christmas!

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Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! May your day be filled with love, peace and happiness. I do sincerely hope you've enjoyed On the Tudor Trail's 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways. On this, the final day of our giveaway, I am delighted to offer you the chance to win a copy of my own book, co-authored with the lovely Sarah Morris, In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn. To be in the running to win 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn', leave a comment after this post. Conditions of Entry For your … [Read More...]

On the 24th Day of Christmas…

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It's Christmas Eve! On the 24th day of Christmas On the Tudor Trail gave to me… the chance to win an autographed copy of ‘The Crown’ by Nancy Bilyeau. To be in the running to win this book, leave a comment after this post. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of ‘The Crown’, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our homepage where it says ‘Free Enewsletter Subscription’). Then simply leave a … [Read More...]

The Tudor Treasury by Elizabeth Norton

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Not long to wait now! On the 23rd day of Christmas On the Tudor Trail gave to me… the chance to win 'The Tudor Treasury' by Elizabeth Norton. To be in the running to win this book, leave a comment after this post. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of ‘The Tudor Treasury’, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our homepage where it says ‘Free Enewsletter Subscription’). Then simply leave a … [Read More...]

On the 22nd Day of Christmas…

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On the 22nd day of Christmas On the Tudor Trail gave to me… the chance to win an autographed copy of 'Brazen' by Katherine Longshore. To be in the running to win this book, leave a comment after this post. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of ‘Brazen’, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our homepage where it says ‘Free Enewsletter Subscription’). Then simply leave a comment after this post … [Read More...]

An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors

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On the 21st day of Christmas On the Tudor Trail gave to me… the chance to win a copy of ‘An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors' by Gareth Russell. To be in the running to win this book, leave a comment after this post. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of ‘An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors’, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our homepage where it says ‘Free Enewsletter … [Read More...]

Lady Karola and the Christmas Stranger

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I am delighted to share with you a guest post by Robin Maxwell, the author of a number of wonderful historical fiction novels, including 'The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn' and 'Mademoiselle Boleyn'.  Robin and long time collaborator, Billie Morton, have recently released a children's novel called AUGIE APPLEBY'S TROUBLE IN TOYLAND. It's the story of Santa Klaus being kidnapped on December 22nd and his glamorous wife, Karol, hiring junior detective Augie Appleby to find her husband and save … [Read More...]

On the 20th Day of Christmas…

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On the 20th day of Christmas On the Tudor Trail gave to me… the chance to win a copy of ‘His Last Letter' by Jeane Westin. To be in the running to win this book, leave a comment after this post. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of ‘His Last Letter’, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our homepage where it says ‘Free Enewsletter Subscription’). Then simply leave a comment after this post … [Read More...]