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]

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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]

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  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]

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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

Falling Pomegranate Seeds

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I am delighted to be taking part in Wendy J. Dunn's book tour for her latest novel, Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters, Book 1 in the Katherine of Aragon Story. Wendy has written a fascinating guest post about childbirth in Tudor times. I’m also excited to announce that thanks to the generosity of MadeGlobal Publishing, I have a paperback copy of Wendy's book to give away! (See conditions of entry below). Book Description: Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of … [Read More...]

Catherine of Aragon – An Intimate Life of Henry VIII’s True Wife by Amy Licence

Catherine of Aragon by Amy Licence

I am delighted to be hosting Day 1 of Amy Licence's blog tour for her latest book, Catherine of Aragon - An Intimate Life of Henry VIII's True Wife. To celebrate this wonderful book's release, I have an extract from the book to share with you about Henry VIII meeting and falling in love with Anne Boleyn. Happy reading! Had circumstances been different, the dark-eyed fascinating Anne Boleyn might have simply become another one of Henry’s mistresses, like her sister Mary had been. She … [Read More...]

The Mythology of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis

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It's publication day for Nicola Tallis's wonderful debut book, Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey! To mark the occasion, I have a fascinating myth busting guest post to share with you. Please join me in congratulating Nicola on the release of her new book. The Mythology of Lady Jane Grey By Nicola Tallis On the morning of 12 February 1554, the seventeen-year-old Lady Jane Grey was executed within the confines of the Tower of London. From almost the moment of her … [Read More...]

Tudor Ghost Stories

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In the mood for a good ghost story? Since it's All Hallows' Eve, I thought I'd share with you the winning entries from our past Tudor Ghost Story Contests. They're all superbly written, eerie and atmospheric - perhaps best not read alone at night... Sleep tight! The winner and runner up from 2015: 1st place - A Skeleton of a Ship in the Ghost of Water by Katherine Marcella 2nd place - My Kinsman the Headsman by Alisha Huffman The winner and runner up from 2013 were: 1st place – … [Read More...]

A Day in the Life of a Tudor Woman

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I'm delighted to be taking part in Elizabeth Norton's book tour for her new book, 'The Lives of Tudor Women'. To celebrate its release, Elizabeth has written a fascinating guest article about a day in the life of a Tudor woman. Enjoy! A Day in the Life of a Tudor Woman By Elizabeth Norton My new book, The Lives of Tudor Women, is a biography. It looks at the life of a woman, who was born in 1485 and died in 1603. She was a princess, a queen, a noblewoman, a merchant’s wife, a servant, a … [Read More...]

Falcon’s Rise by Natalia Richards

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I'm delighted to introduce a new novel by Natalia Richards, ‘Falcon’s Rise’ which tells the story of young Anne Boleyn. Here is what Natalia has to say about it: The day before her death, Anne Boleyn remembers a journey that changed her life. She recalls how, as a young girl, she used her wits to secure a place at the prestigious Court of Margaret of Austria, where she soon realised that a woman had to be strong to survive the treachery of Court politics. And she came to understand that she … [Read More...]

Truth Endures – Je Anne Boleyn

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It brings me great pleasure to be hosting the first stop of Sandra Vasoli's book tour for Truth Endures, the second book in a beautifully written and impeccably researched series about Anne Boleyn. Rather than a guest post, Sandra has recorded a video for us, in which she talks about her new book and shares some insights on Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's relationship. I'm also delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of MadeGlobal Publishing, I have a paperback copy of each of … [Read More...]

The Private Lives of the Tudors

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It gives me great pleasure to share with you this fascinating guest article by historian Tracy Borman, whose new book, The Private Lives of the Tudors, was published by Hodder & Stoughton on 19 May. Inside Story article What the Tudors wouldn’t want you to know By Tracy Borman As a Tudor historian, I count myself very lucky indeed to work at what is arguably the greatest surviving Tudor palace in the world: Hampton Court.  For centuries, visitors to Hampton Court have marvelled at … [Read More...]

Prince Arthur’s Funeral: Ceremony, Despair and Shifting Politics in 1502

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I am delighted to be hosting day 13 of Dr Sean Cunningham's blog tour for his latest book, Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was. Sean has written a fascinating guest article for us, about Arthur Tudor's funeral. Prince Arthur’s Funeral: Ceremony, Despair and Shifting Politics in 1502 Unlike many other of the main events connected with Arthur’s life, the herald’s eyewitness record of his funeral ceremonies and procession from Ludlow to Worcester is matched by full financial records … [Read More...]

Claude of France: Anne Boleyn’s Royal Mistress

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I am delighted to share with you a guest post about Queen Claude of France, by Sylvia Barbara Soberton, author of The Forgotten Tudor Women: Margaret Douglas, Mary Howard & Mary Shelton and Golden Age Ladies: Women Who Shaped the Courts of Francis I and Henry VIII, available from Amazon. Claude of France: Anne Boleyn’s royal mistress By Sylvia Barbara Soberton Anne Boleyn spent seven years at the French court serving as one of Queen Claude’s maids of honour. Anne’s sojourn in France had … [Read More...]

Charles Brandon: The King’s Man – Guest Post & Giveaway!

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I am delighted to be hosting day 2 of Sarah Bryson's blog tour for her latest book, Charles Brandon: The King's Man. Sarah has written an informative guest post for us about Charles Brandon's sons but before I share it with you, some more good news, thanks to the generosity of MadeGlobal, Sarah's publisher, I have a copy of the book to give away. Here’s how to enter! Conditions of Entry For your chance to win a copy of Charles Brandon: The King's Man, you must be subscribed to On the Tudor … [Read More...]

Colouring History – The Tudors

History in Colour - The Tudors

I have some exciting news! I am collaborating with my dear friend Kathryn Holeman—who just so happens to be a super talented illustrator and designer—to bring you Colouring History - The Tudors, the first of our history themed colouring books for adults! Book Blurb... This unique and beautifully illustrated colouring book for grown-ups, features images and scenes inspired by the ever-fascinating Tudor dynasty.  It will provide hours of joy and relaxation, and is a great way to unwind after … [Read More...]