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]

Tudor Christmas and New Year Celebrations Tudor Christmas and New Year Celebrations

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]

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

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

Embalming in Tudor England

Ruins of Ludlow Castle, with the remains of the chapel of St Mary Magdalene on the right.

In early April 1502, fifteen-year-old Arthur Tudor, heir to the still shaky Tudor throne, lay dying in his chambers at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire. The wind howled and the rain beat down heavily against the ancient fortress’s grey walls, while its residents sought refuge in the Norman chapel of St Mary Magdalene, and prayed for a miracle. There was, though, no amount of praying or ministrations that could save the prince from what one Tudor herald described as ‘the most pitiful disease … [Read More...]

20 Questions with Wendy J. Dunn & Giveaway!

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I am delighted to welcome back author Wendy J. Dunn, whose latest novel 'The Light in the Labyrinth: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn' was recently published by Metropolis Ink. Be sure to leave a comment after our interview, for your chance to win a copy of 'The Light in the Labyrinth', kindly donated by the author. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of The Light in the Labyrinth: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you … [Read More...]

20 Questions with Sandra Vasoli & Giveaway!

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I am delighted to share with you an interview with Sandra Vasoli, author of Je Anne Boleyn: Struck With the Dart of Love. Be sure to leave a comment after our interview, for your chance to win 1 of 2 copies of ‘Je Anne Boleyn: Struck With the Dart of Love‘, kindly donated by the author. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Je Anne Boleyn: Struck With the Dart of Love you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our … [Read More...]

Jasper Tudor, Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty

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I am delighted to be hosting day 2 of the virtual book tour for Jasper Tudor, Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty by Debra Bayani and excited to share with you an excerpt from Debra's book. Be sure to leave a comment after the extract, for your chance to win a copy of ‘Jasper Tudor, Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty‘, kindly donated by the author. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Jasper Tudor, Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty you must be subscribed to On the Tudor … [Read More...]

20 Questions with Terry Breverton & Giveaway!

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Today I'd like to share with you an interview with Terry Breverton, whose latest book Jasper Tudor: The Man Who Made the Tudor Dynasty was recently published by Amberley Publishing. Be sure to leave a comment after our Q&A, for your chance to win a copy of Jasper Tudor, kindly donated by Amberley. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Jasper Tudor, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our … [Read More...]

Katherine Howard’s Birthday – A Guest Post by Conor Byrne

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I am delighted to welcome back Conor Byrne to On the Tudor Trail. Conor is a researcher in late medieval and early modern history, with a focus on gender and women's history. This month will see the release of his book on Katherine Howard, watch this space for details! Katherine Howard's Birthday By Conor Byrne Above: this portrait of a woman thought to be Queen Katherine Howard might provide a clue to her age. All are seemingly agreed that Katherine Howard was unusually young when she … [Read More...]

‘Elizabeth – The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her’

I am delighted to welcome back Robert Stephen Parry to On the Tudor Trail, to chat with us about his latest publication: ‘Elizabeth – The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her.’ Over to you Robert! Thank you Natalie for inviting me to your webpage today and for allowing me the opportunity to say a few words about my most recent publication: ‘Elizabeth – The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her.’ There have been so many books, novels and articles written on the … [Read More...]

Review of ‘Elizabeth – The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her’ & Giveaway!

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I am delighted to share with you my review of 'Elizabeth - The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her' by Robert Stephen Parry. Be sure to leave a comment after my review, for your chance to win a copy of this book. This giveaway is now closed Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Elizabeth - The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our homepage). Then simply leave a … [Read More...]

20 Questions with Clare Cherry & Claire Ridgway

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I am delighted to be a part of Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway's  virtual book tour for George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, and share with you our recent interview. Be sure to leave a comment after our Q&A, for your chance to win a copy of their new book. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our … [Read More...]

Remembering Anne Boleyn – Winner Announced!

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I want to share with you the winner of our Remembering Anne Boleyn competition but before I do, I would like to apologise for the delay in announcing the 2014 winner. I unexpectedly lost my internet connection and it took 3 weeks for it to be reconnected, hence the delay. You may recall that I asked readers to celebrate and commemorate Anne’s life by remembering her in a creative and original way. I received many wonderful entries, which included collages, narratives, poems and drawings and … [Read More...]

20 Questions with Amy Licence & Giveaway!

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I am delighted to share with you my interview with historian Amy Licence! Be sure to leave a comment after our Q&A, for your chance to win a copy of Elizabeth of York: Forgotten Tudor Queen, kindly donated by Amberley Publishing. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of ‘Elizabeth of York’, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on our homepage). Then simply leave a comment after this post between now and 16 May … [Read More...]

Cecily Neville – Extract & Giveaway!

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I am delighted to kick off the virtual tour  for Amy Licence's Wars of the Roses books, with an extract from Amy's biography of Cecily Neville, the mother of King Edward IV and King Richard III, who was born on this day in 1415. Be sure to leave a comment after the extract, for your chance to win a copy of 'Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings', kindly donated by Amberley Publishing. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of 'Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings', you must be subscribed … [Read More...]