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

Recent Posts

Witchcraft & the 15th-century Royals

I am delighted to be hosting Day 4 of Toni Mount's book tour for her latest novel, The Colour of Murder. To mark the occasion, Toni has written a fascinating guest post titled, 'Witchcraft & the 15th century Royals'. Happy reading! The Colour of Murder 540 years ago, on the 18th February 1478 the Duke of Clarence was, famously, drowned in a butt of malmsey wine. Did he jump or was he pushed? The question has never been answered, so this was an opportunity for my intrepid … [Read More...]

Guest Post and Giveaway: Mary – Tudor Princess, by Tony Riches

It gives me great pleasure to welcome historical fiction author Tony Riches to On the Tudor Trail. Tony's latest novel, Mary - Tudor Princess, tells the story of Henry VII's daughter, Mary, and is set during the reign of her brother, Henry VIII. To go into the draw to win an e-book edition of Tony's novel, please leave a comment after this post. Good luck! Conditions of Entry For your chance to win an e-book edition of Mary - Tudor Princess, you must be subscribed to On the … [Read More...]

The Musical Lives of Henry’s Six Wives – Katherine of Aragon

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you the first of a seven part series of  guest posts about the musical lives of Henry VIII and his queen consorts by Brooke C. Little. Each new instalment will be published around the 5th of each month and conclude with Henry VIII in August. A very big thank you to Brooke for taking time out from her doctoral studies to write these fascinating posts. THE MUSICAL LIVES OF HENRY’S SIX WIVES  Part 1 CATALINA DE ARAGONIA- MUSICA, LA GRANADA Y CANCIONES DE … [Read More...]

A Review of ‘Heroines of the Medieval World’ by Sharon Bennett Connolly

'These are the stories of women, famous, infamous and unknown, who shaped the course of medieval history.  The lives and actions of medieval women were restricted by the men who ruled the homes, countries and world they lived in.  It was men who fought wars, made laws and dictated religious doctrine.  It was men who were taught to read, trained to rule and expected to fight.  Today, it is easy to think that all women from this era were downtrodden, retiring and obedient housewives, whose sole … [Read More...]

Lost to History: Anne Boleyn’s Life, 1521-1527

Lost to History: Anne Boleyn's Life, 1521-1527 By Conor Byrne Anne Boleyn is undoubtedly the most famous of Henry VIII’s six wives, and our contemporary obsession with her means that many of us believe that we know a great deal about her. However, the plethora of Boleyn-related films, television shows and novels should not mislead us. Much of Anne’s life remains unknown and is subject to a range of conflicting interpretations: her age, her physical appearance, her religious beliefs, the reason … [Read More...]

Winners of the 2018 Tudor planner!

I am delighted to announce the winners of our Tudor planner/diary giveaway! Thank you to Heather Teysko from The Renaissance English History Podcast for making this giveaway possible. A very hearty congratulations to the following people: Annette, Cassie, Bree, Heidi Bruneau and Linda Lang! Ladies, please check your inbox as soon as possible. I also have some great news for those of you that didn't win this time around. Heather has very kindly organised a coupon code for On the Tudor … [Read More...]

Mega Book Giveaway Winners!

I am delighted to announce the winners of our 12 Days of Christmas Mega Book Giveaway! I would like to thank the wonderful authors and historians who made this giveaway possible and thank everyone who entered the competition. A very hearty congratulations to the following people: Day 1 Jade Jones (Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare) Elysium (Owen – Book One of The Tudor Trilogy) Day 2 Catherine Chetwood (Autographed copy of Jane the Quene) Emily … [Read More...]

The Tudor Planner – Giveaway!

Happy New Year! I hope you're all having a wonderful start to 2018. I'm thrilled to share that thanks to the generosity of Heather Teysko from The Renaissance English History Podcast, I have five 2018 Tudor Planners/Diaries to giveaway! To go into the draw, simply leave a comment after this post. Good luck! Giveaway Closed *View more images and a Tudor planner walk through video here. Product Details Imagine a planner (or diary, if you're in the UK!) filled with: - This week in Tudor … [Read More...]

The Parker Family

By Danielle Marchant The Parker Family Jane Boleyn (née Parker) Lady Rochford was the sister-in-law of Anne Boleyn and wife to George Boleyn. Jane served five of Henry VIII’s six wives and ended her life on the scaffold due to the part she played in Queen Catherine Howard’s affair. Jane was from the Parker family, which had a very interesting background in itself: Jane’s Mother: Jane Boleyn’s mother was Alice St. John. Through her mother, Jane was related to the royal line - Alice was … [Read More...]

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas – Book 2

On the twelfth day of Christmas On the Tudor Trail gave to me the chance to win a copy of either Cor Rotto or The Raven’s Widow by Adrienne Dillard. Winner's choice! To be in the running to win this book, leave a comment after this post. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win either Cor Rotto or The Raven’s Widow, 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...]

New Year’s Day in Tudor England

By Adrienne Dillard Today, holiday gift giving is synonymous with a bountiful tree decked in sparkling ornaments and glittering lights, a rosy-cheeked rotund demi-deity clad in red velvet, and bulging over-sized stockings hung by the chimney with just the right amount of care.  In adverts all over the world, children still clad in their sleepwear bound eagerly towards the mountain of gifts waiting for them on Christmas morning.  It’s a scene that would have been completely unrecognizable in … [Read More...]

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas – Book 1

On the twelfth day of Christmas On the Tudor Trail gave to me the chance to win a copy of The Colour of Betrayal by Toni Mount. 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 Colour of Betrayal, 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 between now … [Read More...]