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]

Anne Boleyn Badges, Symbolism & Mottoes Anne Boleyn Badges, Symbolism & Mottoes

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]

Women's Hygiene in Tudor England Women's Hygiene in Tudor England

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]

Anne Boleyn’s Arrival at the Tower of London Anne Boleyn’s Arrival at the Tower of London

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]

Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I’s Coronation Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I’s Coronation

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

Henry VIII’s Health – Guest Post & Giveaway!

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I am delighted to be hosting the first day of Kyra Kramer's book tour, for her new book Henry VIII's Health in a Nutshell. Kyra has written a fascinating guest post for us about Henry VIII but before I share it with you, some more good news, I have a copy of Kyra's new book to give away. Here’s how to enter! Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Henry VIII's Health in a Nutshell, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up … [Read More...]

This Other Eden

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I am delighted to be hosting a stop on Margaret M. Williams' book tour, for her debut novel This Other Eden. To celebrate the release, I have an excerpt from the book to share with you. Happy reading! Book Blurb The Pilgrimage of Grace. A bloody stain on the reign of Henry VIII. These were years of deeply held and conflicting beliefs, the adherence to which cost many, of whatever status in life, a terrible price. The destruction of religious houses across the country has plunged … [Read More...]

Stitches in Tudor Time: A three-part series

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Stitches in Tudor Time: A three-part series by JoAnn Spears Part Three We, Hermia ‘We, Hermia, like two artificial gods, Have with our needles created both one flower, Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion, Both warbling of one song, both in one key, As if our hands, our sides, voices and minds, Had been incorporate.’ From A Midsummer Night’s Dream To bee or not to bee A bee, or gathering together of people for a purpose or project, is famously associated with quilting … [Read More...]

My Favourite Quirky Tudor Places – A Guest Post & Giveaway!

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I am delighted to be hosting day four of Claire Ridgway's book tour, for her new book Tudor Places of Great Britain. Claire has written a wonderful guest post for us about her favourite quirky Tudor places but before I share with you this entertaining and informative read, some more good news, I have a copy of Claire's new book to give away. Here's how to enter! Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Tudor Places of Great Britain, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor … [Read More...]

Stitches in Tudor Time: Part Two

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Stitches in Tudor Time: A three-part series by JoAnn Spears Part Two The Tudors do hoops–embroidery hoops, that is The hoop-la begins with Katherine of Aragon Katherine of Aragon arrived in England to marry Prince Arthur in 1501. After his premature death, she married his brother, Henry VIII. Then as now, royal brides were fascinating, and people wanted to emulate them. Young Katherine, the daughter of Isabella of Spain, brought what became known as Spanish work into fashion among … [Read More...]

Stitches in Tudor Time: A three-part series

Seven-Will-Out

I am delighted to welcome back JoAnn Spears to On the Tudor Trail. To celebrate the release of her new book, Seven Will Out: A Renaissance Revel, which is a sequel to Six of One: A Tudor Riff, Joann has written a fascinating three-part blog series on needlework and the Tudors. Over to you JoAnn! Stitches in Tudor Time: A three-part series Part One Elizabeth of York kicks things off There’s no getting away from the Tudors I embroider reproductions of historic samplers as a hobby. … [Read More...]

The Embrace of Eternity

Tudor Ghost Story Contest 2015 – Highly Commended The Embrace of Eternity By Katherine Stinson Of all the things Henry VIII expected to see on his deathbed, hearing his father harangue him about his bedsheets was the last thing he would have surmised. The founder of the Tudor dynasty glided around as he had in life, miserly and without empathy for his dying son. “What sort of example are you setting with such a horrid excuse for a bedchamber?” Henry replied with what little strength he … [Read More...]

The Past Haunts

Tudor Ghost Story Contest 2015 - Highly Commended The Past Haunts By Ambrea Rodriguez As chill seeped into the dimly lit room through each minute crevice and the gaps in the worn glass window, the fire in the hearth dwindled, as did Henry Tudor’s aspiration for life. Perhaps, in all my misery, I’ll join her this very night. Yet that declaration felt awry, near impossible; there was still much to do for the kingdom, but the thought left a pang in his chest. His life was long lived and … [Read More...]

Tudor London

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I am delighted to welcome Barbara Gaskell Denvil to On the Tudor Trail! Born in England, Barbara grew up amongst artists and authors and started writing at a young age. She published numerous short stories and articles, and worked as an editor, book critic and reader for publishers and television companies. With a delight in medieval history dating back to her youth, Barbara began to research the wicked King Richard III, but quickly discovered the fascination of looking past Tudor propaganda … [Read More...]

Tudor Ghost Story Contest – Runner Up

Tudor Ghost Story Contest 2nd place getter 2015 MY KINSMAN THE HEADSMAN By Alisha Huffman Fifteen months. That's how long I languished in those cramped little rooms overlooking the bloodthirsty field called Tower Green. 'Tis a wonder the grass there doesn't grow red instead of green from all the bloodshed that's taken place. Not too long ago, I even heard a rumor that some unnamed courtier was using the wooden scaffold for target practice when his blade missed its mark and struck the ground … [Read More...]

Tudor Ghost Story Contest Winner

Tudor Ghost Story Contest Winner 2015 A Skeleton of a Ship in the Ghost of Water By Katherine Marcella   October 11, 1982 "Come on Louise! We'll miss the whole thing if you don't hurry!" "I can't pedal any faster in this rain gear. Can't I take it off?" "No, you can't. Someone will spot your school uniform and report us to Mrs Martin. Then we'll all get in trouble." "We're going to be in trouble anyway." "No, we won't. Anne will just say it's history and she wanted to … [Read More...]

Tudor Ghost Story Contest Winners Announced!

I am delighted to share with you Wendy J. Dunn's judge's report. Thank you to those of you who entered the Tudor Ghost Story contest this year, I've so enjoyed reading your entries, and a big congratulations to our winners! First Place goes to A Skeleton of a Ship in the Ghost of Water by Katherine Marcella. Second Place goes to My Kinsman the Headsman by Alisha Huffman. Highly Commended: The Past Haunts by Ambrea Rodriguez and The Embrace of Eternity by Katherine Stinson.  Happy … [Read More...]