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]

Tudor Tombs and Burials Tudor Tombs and Burials

Walking the Route of Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

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

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The Queen’s Mary by Sarah Gristwood

Book Blurb  Mary Seton is lady-in-waiting to the legendary Mary Queen of Scots. Torn between her own desires and her duty to serve her mistress, she is ultimately drawn into her Queen's web of passion and royal treachery - and must play her part in the game of thrones between Mary and Elizabeth I. Must she choose between survival, and sharing the same fate as the woman she has served, loyally and lovingly, since a child? The Queen's Mary is an engaging and insightful novel, which … [Read More...]

‘Bosworth – Psychology of a Battle’ by Michael Jones

Everyone knows about Richard III: the scheming, duplicitous, evil crookback who murdered his nephews to steal the throne. Or do they? Shakespeare’s notorious villain has been so ingrained in our minds for centuries that the “winter of our discontent” and the horse worth more than a kingdom are practically viewed as historical facts. Perhaps inevitably, it’s become something of a fashion among historians and novelists to attempt a rehabilitation of Richard, from Josephine Tey and Sharon Penman … [Read More...]

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Thomas Cromwell is known to millions through Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.   But who was the real Thomas Cromwell? Born a lowly tavern keeper’s son, Cromwell rose swiftly through the ranks to become Henry VIII’s right hand man.  A ruthless politician, he was also a loving husband, father and guardian, and a loyal and devoted servant.  With fresh research and new insights, Tracy Borman tells the story of Henry VIII’s most faithful servant. As a fan of … [Read More...]

On the Tudor Trail’s Pop-up Facebook Giveaways

Conditions of Entry For your chance to win the prize advertised on Facebook, you must like On the Tudor Trail’s Facebook page and the giveaway post. Then simply leave a comment after the post to be entered. Giveaways are open internationally, unless otherwise stated. A winner will be randomly selected shortly after the competition closes, and a comment will be posted to the giveaway thread announcing the winner, whose responsibility it is to message the page with their postal details … [Read More...]

Joan Beaufort – Mother of the Fifteenth Century by Nathen Amin

I'm delighted to be hosting Day 2 of Nathen Amin's blog tour for his latest book, House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown. Nathen has written a fascinating guest article about Joan Beaufort, daughter of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster. Joan Beaufort – Mother of the Fifteenth Century By Nathen Amin At a distance of between 500 and 600 years, it is difficult sometimes to view proceedings in the fifteenth century as anything other than a group of … [Read More...]

The Princes in the Tower by Matthew Lewis

I am excited to share with you a guest post by Matthew Lewis, author of the upcoming book, 'The Survival of the Princes in the Tower: Murder, Mystery and Myth'. The disappearance and alleged murder of Edward IV's sons, Edward and Richard, remains one of the greatest mysteries in British history. In this article, Matthew explores the question, "Who, if anyone, killed the Princes in the Tower?". The Princes in the Tower By Matthew Lewis One of the primary reasons that I wanted to write a book … [Read More...]

Attention Book Lovers!

Are you an avid reader with a passion for writing and Tudor history? I’m looking for a book reviewer for my website, On the Tudor Trail. Ideally, this person will be a UK resident and able to commit to reading and reviewing one book every 4-6 weeks. In exchange for your time and energy, you’ll receive free books! To register your interest, please get in touch with me via the contact form on my website. I look forward to hearing from you! Natalie … [Read More...]

A Review of ‘Young and Damned and Fair’ by Gareth Russell

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Giveaway Time!

Thanks to the generosity of my publisher The History Press, I have a copy of ‘Colouring History: The Tudors’ to give away! Rather than ask entrants to leave a comment here on the blog, Kathryn Holeman (aka illustrator extraordinaire) and I thought we’d do something a little different. Since our book’s release in May, some very kind folk have been sharing pics of their finished colouring pages with us on social media, using the tags #colouringhistory and #colouringtudorhistory. We … [Read More...]

Anne Boleyn’s Final Journey

Early on the morning of 19 May 1536, Anne Boleyn, resplendent in a grey damask gown lined with fur, made her final journey from the Queen’s Apartments at the Tower of London, where she’d been imprisoned for the last 17 days, to the site of the scaffold. Escorted by Sir William Kingston, the Constable of the Tower, and four attendants, she made her way past the now lost King’s Hall, the setting of her lavish coronation festivities just three years earlier, and, more recently, her and her brother … [Read More...]

Did Anne Boleyn Suffer From Gender Disappointment?

To celebrate the upcoming release of Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, the second novel in Alison Weir's Six Tudor Queens series, Alison has written a guest post, which explores whether Anne Boleyn may have suffered from gender disappointment after the birth of Elizabeth in September 1533. I'd love to hear what you think, so be sure to leave a comment after Alison's guest article. DID ANNE BOLEYN SUFFER FROM GENDER DISAPPOINTMENT? By Alison Weir On 7 September 1533, Henry VIII’s second … [Read More...]

Colouring History: The Tudors

Last week saw the UK release of ‘Colouring History: The Tudors’ and already I have some very exciting news to share. Our book is currently listed in the top 20 bestselling books on The Book Depository! This is quite an achievement and Kate and I are so very thankful for your support. If you haven’t yet picked up your copy, it’s currently on sale – 45% off RRP to be exact – over at The Book Depository, which offers free worldwide shipping. That’s right, whether you live in Spain, North America, … [Read More...]