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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Rare 15th Century floor tiles excavated in Woking!

Excavation work on the site of Woking Palace has uncovered, among other things, rare Valencian pottery. Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, in 1464 was granted a manor house that was first recorded on this site in 1271. In 1508 the house was rebuilt as a palace. In 1509, Henry VIII received the palace and together with his second wife, Anne boleyn, carried out major rebuilding works in 1533-34. It is expected that the dig will uncover material from the Tudor period and from the … [Read More...]

Thornbury Castle

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Penshurst Place

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Little Moreton Hall

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On the Tudor Trail- Website

Queen Anne Boleyn

On the Tudor Trail is dedicated to retracing the steps of Queen Anne Boleyn. Like an exercise in time travel, this journey will take us through stately homes, chapels, parks and buildings- hidden treasures- that still stand today with a significant Tudor connection. It is also a space for sharing information about the Tudor monarchs and daily life in Tudor England, a place to discuss the ways in which the lives of historical figures from half a millennium ago still resonate powerfully with so … [Read More...]

Acton Court- A Tudor Treasure with a hidden secret!

In the summer of 1535 Queen Anne Boleyn accompanied her husband, King Henry VIII, on the royal Progress. One of their stops was Acton Court, the home of Nicholas Poyntz.  On discovering that his home was on King Henry's summer Progress itinerary, Nicholas decided to build a new East Wing on the existing moated manor house that would take him 9 months to complete. The royal apartments were luxuriously and fashionably decorated demonstrating his loyalty and intent on impressing his Sovereigns … [Read More...]

Tudor ghost captured on camera in Norwich?

My sister emailed me a great article today about a cameraman who captured something odd on film while working on a photo shoot in a cinema in Norwich. Here is the link: Ghost captured on camera in Norwich I found it interesting how the staff had had some strange happenings since restoration work was done in the area. Often you will read of spirits being 'awoken', so to speak, by building work.  And was he in Tudor style-dress? I can see where the idea comes from and truly love the thought … [Read More...]

Katherine Howard’s screaming spectre!

Portrait miniature by Hans Holbein the younger.

Perhaps one of the most famous ghosts of Hampton Court Palace is that of Katherine Howard's screaming spectre. Katherine Howard, Henry VIII's  5th wife, whose extra-marital dalliances led to her arrest and confinement in her apartments at Hampton Court Palace, discovered that her husband was near by in the Chapel. Katherine escaped her captors and ran screaming through the gallery in a final attempt to plead for her life. She was quickly restrained and dragged back to her apartments only to face … [Read More...]

George Boleyn- A Tudor enigma

There are so many Tudor personalities worthy of comment and discussion that it's difficult to know where to begin. A person that does awaken my imagination is George Boleyn. Why is it that we have so little information about George? Is it possible that someone, hidden amongst their family heirlooms, may have a portrait of George Boleyn and be unaware of who the sitter is? I like to think so. I like to think that one day we'll uncover such a Tudor treasure. What are your thoughts on George … [Read More...]

Say hello!

So that we can get to know each other a little better feel free to say hi and introduce yourself in this space. It will be nice to see how far and wide the Tudor net has spread! NG … [Read More...]

Henry VIII- Gentle Prince or Monster?

After watching David Starkey's Henry VIII: Man and Monarch series I felt rather ill. I know that in his position he was at times forced to make some difficult decisions but  it seems to me that he really enjoyed handing out gruesome death sentences on his subjects. A gentle prince? I don't think so, especially not in his later years. What are your thoughts?  NG … [Read More...]

New Anne Boleyn Book available for pre-order!

Elizabeth Norton's new book 'Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's obsession' is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Here is the review featured on Amazon: Doomed queen of Henry VIII, mother to Elizabeth I, the epic story of Anne Boleyn from an exceptional new writer. Anne Boleyn was the most controversial and scandalous woman ever to sit on the throne of England. From her early days at the imposing Hever Castle in Kent, to the glittering courts of Paris and London, Anne caused a stir wherever she … [Read More...]