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

Submit your Tudor Questions

I have just added a new section to the site called Q & A where I hope to answer many frequently asked questions about Anne Boleyn, the Tudor Monarchs and Life in Tudor England and hopefully help clarify some common misconceptions about the time. I have lots of questions and answers to add so it may take a little while but we'll get there in the end. Readers normally email me their questions but now you can enter your question directly into the 'ask a question' form found here and at the … [Read More...]

Henry VIII betrothed to Anne of Cleves

On the 4th September 1539, the marriage treaty between Henry VIII and the Lady Anne was signed by the Duke of Cleves at Dusseldorf. The Duke's representatives arrived at Windsor on the 23rd of September to ratify the marriage treaty. For the next 8 days, the king entertained the men with hunting and feasting before moving to Hampton Court and concluding the marriage treaty. Preparations were already underway for a Christmas wedding at Greenwich, followed by 12 days of … [Read More...]

Anne Boleyn’s Famous Pearl Necklace

A reader recently wrote in to ask whether I knew what had happened to Anne Boleyn's famous pearl necklace and I thought I'd post a response here so that others have an opportunity to add information as well. There is much speculation as to what actually happened to Anne's famous necklace with the gold B. Some people believe that it was passed down to Elizabeth and others that it went back to the Crown after her downfall. I have even heard that some of the pearls are in the crown of Elizabeth … [Read More...]

A review of The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

I have just finished reading The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory and found it entertaining and engaging. This is the second book in the Cousins' War series and covers roughly the same period as The White Queen (the first book in the series) but from a different point of view. The protagonist and narrator, Margaret Beaufort, is a difficult character to relate to and not at all 'likeable'. She is fervently religious, compares herself regularly to Joan of Arc and will stop at nothing to see her son, … [Read More...]

Another Anne Boleyn Place- Palace at Mechelen

To retrace the steps of Anne Boleyn we have journeyed to many castles, stately homes, chapels and buildings in England but today we venture across the English Channel to modern day Belgium and what was once Margaret of Austria's Palace at Mechelen. In the 15th and 16th century, Mechelen was the capital of Burgundian Netherlands or the Low Countries (roughly present day Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg). The Palace of Mechelen, built from 1507 as a residence for Margaret of Austria, Regent … [Read More...]

Anne Boleyn made marquis of Pembroke

On the morning of Sunday, 1st September at Windsor Castle Anne Boleyn received the title of marquis of Pembroke. This was significant for a number of reasons, the first being that no other woman had ever been bestowed with the title, secondly, the earldom of Pembroke had previously been held by Henry’s great-uncle, Jasper Tudor, and so had strong royal connections (Starkey, p.459) and finally the title made Anne the most prestigious non-royal woman in the realm. Continue reading here. … [Read More...]

The Ghost of Jane Seymour

I have just completed my third post in the series on Tudor hauntings where I have been focusing on the myths and stories surrounding the ghosts of the six wives of Henry VIII. This time I've chosen the ghost of Jane Seymour, third wife to Henry VIII. Within 24 hours of the execution of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour and Henry VIII were formally betrothed. In an unbelievable twist of fate, Jane Seymour, the woman that had come to court as a lady in waiting to Queen … [Read More...]

Anne Boleyn’s appearance and demeanour

The debate about what Anne Boleyn actually looked like has raged for many years and I think will continue to do so as no contemporary portrait of Anne survived. The other issue is that many of the contemporary descriptions of Anne were written during her relationship to the King and so, as Eric Ives says, are 'already coloured by the controversy surrounding her relationship with the king' (p.39). Hostile observers skewed their descriptions to serve a political purpose. Antonia Fraser calls it … [Read More...]

Another Anne Boleyn place joins the list

The addition of the 22nd Anne Boleyn place to our ever growing list is very exciting especially because it's the first place to take us across the English Channel to the lush countryside of the Loire Valley in France. The stunning Chateau Blois is today's stop on the Tudor Trail. After the death of old King Louis XII, Anne Boleyn remained in the service of King Francis I's young wife, Queen Claude. For seven years Anne Boleyn served her mistress and built on the education she received … [Read More...]

Historic and haunted Tudor house celebrates 500th birthday

I have just finished reading an interesting article about Paycocke's house in Coggeshall. The home dates back to 1510 and was built by Thomas Paycocke as a testament to his growing wealth generated by the wool and cloth trade in the 16th century. It features beams that are decoratively carved and engraved with the initials of Thomas and his wife Margaret. There is also an acorn sized face believed to have been left as a signature by the carver. The impressive Tudor house now … [Read More...]

Our exclusive interview with Alison Weir

Why are readers insatiable when it comes to the Tudor period? It's probably the most dramatic period in our history, with vivid, strong personalities. A king with six wives, two of whom were executed? You couldn't make it up! The Tudor period is the first one for which we have a rich visual record, with the growth of portraiture, and detailed sources on the private lives of kings and queens. This was an age that witnessed a growth in diplomacy and the spread of the printed word. With Henry … [Read More...]

The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn by Josephine Wilkinson

Having never read one of Josephine Wilkinson’s books before I was unsure of what to expect.  I quickly discovered that her work is well researched and based on evidence but it is by no means as detailed as the work of Eric Ives or Alison Weir. In saying this, I should clarify that I did find a couple of historical inaccuracies in the work. Wilkinson does though offer an interesting insight into Anne’s time spent with the Archduchess Margaret and the young Queen Claude and the life long impact … [Read More...]