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

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The Queens’ Lovers by Conor Byrne

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I am delighted to welcome Conor Byrne to On the Tudor Trail. Conor is a history student at the University of Exeter whose research interests include gender, cultural and social history. He specialises in the late medieval an early modern periods and is particularly interested in the Tudor court. The Queens’ Lovers The men implicated in the downfalls of Queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard By Conor Byrne The executions of two of Henry VIII’s consorts, Anne Boleyn and Katherine … [Read More...]

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Cromwell’s Court – The Royal Shakespeare Company

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Today's post is a guest article by Danielle Alesi, who first contributed to On the Tudor Trail in November 2013. Welcome back Danielle! Cromwell's Court by Danielle Alesi On Sunday, March 23, The Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, presented a very special symposium:  “Cromwell’s Court,” inspired by historical fiction novelist, Hilary Mantel’s best sellers, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up The Bodies.” These are the first two installments in a … [Read More...]

What Inspired Suzannah Dunn to write The May Bride?

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Today's post is a fascinating guest article from historical novelist Suzannah Dunn, whose latest novel, The May Bride, is narrated by Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour. Be sure to leave a comment after Suzannah's guest post for your chance to win 1 of 5 copies of Suzannah's novel! This giveaway has now ended! Conditions of Entry For your chance to win one of five copies of The May Bride, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor Trail’s newsletter (if you are not already, sign up on … [Read More...]

Inside the Tudor Court – Extract & Giveaway!

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Delighted to be hosting day four of Lauren Mackay's virtual book tour for Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and his Six Wives Through the Writings of the Spanish Ambassador Eustace Chapuys. Lauren has kindly shared with us an extract from her book and Amberley Publishing have generously donated a copy of Inside the Tudor Court to giveaway to one lucky commenter. Giveaway now closed! Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Inside the Tudor Court, you must be subscribed to On … [Read More...]

Remembering Anne Boleyn

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On the Tudor Trail recently reached 50,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook! To celebrate this achievement and thank you all for your continued support and encouragement,  I will be giving away an Anne Boleyn book pack, which includes one copy of each of the following titles: In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger (me!), Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Volume II by Sarah Morris and The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo. This pack is sure to delight any … [Read More...]

Interview with Lauren Mackay

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Welcome to On the Tudor Trail Lauren! Could you share with us a little about yourself and your background? Thank you for having me! I am an historian based in Sydney, Australia and am currently completing my PhD on the Boleyn men with the University of Newcastle, Australia. I originally focused on ancient Egypt, but during my Masters of History I wanted to further my research on the Tudor period. Tell us about your debut book, ‘Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and his Six Wives … [Read More...]

Sir John Scudamore by Anne Clinard Barnhill

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Today's post is a guest article from author Anne Clinard Banrhill, whose latest novel, Queen Elizabeth's Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I, will be released in the US on March 18, 2014. Enjoy! Sir John Scudamore Sir John Scudamore does not, at first glance, seem to have the dashing qualities of a romantic hero: he was born in 1542 in Herefordshire.  At the death of his father, he became a ward of Sir James Croft.  Croft craftily arranged a marriage between his daughter, Eleanor and … [Read More...]

20 Questions with Jessie Childs

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1. When did you realise that you wanted to write about Tudor history? Not at school – though I had brilliant teachers. Not at university – too many distractions. It was after uni, when I was working for a TV production company that made historical documentaries. I was a researcher and I read a lot of ‘popular history’ books and I thought – with all the confidence of youth – I can do this! 2. What sparked your interest in sixteenth century England? I can’t pinpoint … [Read More...]

Review of ‘In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn’

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Absolutely delighted to receive Joanna Ferris' review of my book, In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn, co-authored with Sarah Morris. Jo has worked at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London and performed many first-hand interpretations of Anne Boleyn, so she definitely knows her history. Here's what Jo had to say... This is a beautiful piece of work, thoroughly researched and easy to use. Having spent many years reading historical pieces and guides, it's refreshing to feel that you … [Read More...]

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn – The Tower of London

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Sarah Morris and I are delighted to share with you an excerpt from our book, In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn. It is a detailed guide to the Tower of London, as known to Anne Boleyn. We do hope you enjoy walking in Anne's footsteps! Reproduced here by kind permission of Amberley Publishing. Natalie The Tower of London "It comes to a thousand days – out of the years. Strangely just a thousand. And of that thousand – one – when we were both in love. Only one when our loves met, … [Read More...]

The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

Paperback Publication Date: February 13, 2014 Orion Publishing Paperback; 432p ISBN-13: 978-1409135807 Series: Joanna Stafford, Book Two Genre: Historical Mystery Read my review here. Book Blurb: A curse to kill a king, a fight to save a nation. Follow young Joanna Stafford right into the dark heart of King Henry VIII's court in this stunning Tudor thriller. England, 1538. The nation is reeling after the ruthless dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry … [Read More...]