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

Portrait of an Ageing Elizabeth I by Gareth Russell

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I am honoured to welcome Gareth Russell to On the Tudor Trail, to discuss a fascinating posthumous portrait of Elizabeth I. Gareth studied History at Saint Peter's College, Oxford, and his masters at Queen's University, Belfast. He is the author of the wonderful ‘Confessions of a Ci-Devant’ historical blog, and a number of fiction and non-fiction books, including 'An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors'. Over to you Gareth! I cannot say exactly why the portrait of an aging … [Read More...]

Power and Control: Katherine Howard’s Relationships

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Happy Halloween! I'm honoured to be the last stop on Conor Byrne's virtual book tour for his new book, Katherine Howard: A New History. Be sure to leave a comment after Conor's guest post, for your chance to win a copy of ‘Katherine Howard: A New History'. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Katherine Howard: A New History 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 … [Read More...]

Lady Jane Grey’s Appearance

Portrait of a woman sometimes identified as the Duchess of Suffolk, c. 1560

I am delighted to share with you a guest post from Tamise Hills from The Lady Jane Grey Reference Guide Blog. Another look at…Lady Jane Grey’s appearance By Tamise Hills As Eric Ives wrote in 2009, ‘the immediate frustration in the case of Jane Grey is that we have only one detailed report of her appearance.’  (1) The fullest contemporary description of Lady Jane Grey was supposedly written by Baptisa Spinola, a Genoese merchant, who witnessed her procession to the Tower of … [Read More...]

Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn: The Early Days – A guest post by Amy Licence

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I am delighted to be hosting Day 3 of Amy Licence's blog tour for her latest book The Six Wives and Many Mistresses of Henry VIII. Today's guest post is an extract from Amy's book taken from Chapter 33, "Love Letters" 1526-7. Be sure to leave a comment after the extract, for your chance to win a copy of ‘The Six Wives and Many Mistresses of Henry VIII‘, kindly donated by Amberley Publishing. Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of The Six Wives and Many Mistresses of … [Read More...]

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...]