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

On this day in 1533

Just a quick post to commemorate the birth of Queen Anne Boleyn's first child, Elizabeth, at Greenwich Palace on September 7th 1533. Although not the male heir King Henry VIII was hoping for, she was healthy and robust. Happy birthday Elizabeth! … [Read More...]

Henry VIII’s Bible

I recently came across an article about Henry VIII's 500 year old prayer book that contains the writing of five Tudor monarchs! This is undoubtedly a one of a kind and true Tudor treasure! As well as writings by Henry VIII, there are writings by his son, Edward, his eldest daughter, Queen Mary, his last wife, Catherine Parr and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I. Other parts of the book also contain prayers and psalms written by Henry VIII himself. The Proby family have owned the book for over a … [Read More...]

Lullingstone Castle- Kent

As I've mentioned before, I'm currently compiling a list of Tudor places that still stand today where Anne Boleyn is known to have visited. To see this list, visit my website 'On the Tudor Trail' and click on the Tudor Trail link. This is a work in progress and I will be adding new places regularly. My latest addition is Lullingstone Castle in Kent. This is one of England's oldest family estates dating back to the time of Domesday. It is also a castle that Henry VIII enjoyed visiting … [Read More...]

Has a new portrait of Mary Tudor been uncovered?

Canon Russ inherited the contents of Sawston Hall, including a 16th century portrait. Now, in order to save Sawston, he is willing to sell the portrait that some believe is of Mary Tudor! The painting is a full length portrait of a lady in black wearing no jewellery. When first exhibited in 1956 it was claimed to be Mary I but in a later exhibition it was downgraded to just A Lady in Black. A 16th century curator from the National Portrait Gallery claims that the portrait cannot be of … [Read More...]

Ghost of Mary Queen of Scots

While researching my upcoming 'Tudor Pilgrimage' tour of the UK, I came across an interesting hotel in Oundle, Northhamptonshire that is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots. The Elizabethan Talbot Hotel is home to the oak staircase that Mary Queen of Scots descended on the way to her execution on the 8th February, 1587! I was amazed to find out that the staircase, and other parts of the building, were brought from the ruins of Fotheringhay Castle; where Mary Queen of Scots was … [Read More...]

Something in common with Hilary Mantel

Earlier today I came across a wonderful article written by Hilary Mantel, the author of Wolf Hall. I was greatly moved by the piece because many of the sentiments she describes are those which I have experienced but perhaps cannot word as eloquently. The article is about how the past has a way of moving her and bringing her to tears. When talking about what makes her cry she says, "it was a view, a prospect, a picture in a museum, or some pinprick contact with the past - one of those moments … [Read More...]

Walk where Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII have walked!

Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor Castle in England to be opened as a hotel. It is situated in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. In 1508, Edward Stafford 3rd Duke of Buckingham, obtained a license to build a castle on the site of the previous manor house. It was not designed to serve as a fortress and had only minimal defensive attributes. Unfortunately, only part of the Duke’s grand plans for his new home were realised before his distant cousin, King Henry VIII, ordered his … [Read More...]

The Lady in the Tower: The fall of Anne Boleyn Podcast

The British Library has made available some fantastic podcasts associated with the 'Henry VIII: Man and Monarch' exhibition. The latest one added to the collection is a talk by historian Alison Weir in which she discusses Anne Boleyn's imprisonment and execution. This is in connection to her next book titled 'The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn'. You can also learn about intimate details of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII's relationship revealed in messages inscribed in Anne's Book of … [Read More...]

Henry VIII: Power, Passion, Parchment Online Exhibition

The National Archives has a fabulous online exhibition called- Henry VIII: Power, Passion, Parchment. Included is a wealth of information about Henry's life and his legacy. You can read a number of original documents relating to Henry's marriages and even the opening account of Anne Boleyn's trial for high treason! What a fabulous resource for all us amateur historians! Henry VIII Exhibition … [Read More...]

Does it really matter that ‘The Tudors’ is historically inaccurate?

I just finished reading an article about the BBC period drama, The Tudors, and how historically inaccurate it is. The fact that some of the Tudor personalities wear Elizabethan clothing and are transported in Victorian carriages has caused some historians to heavily criticise the show. One such critic is Dr David Starkey, who describes the show as "gratuitously awful". I myself am a big fan of the show, although I have to admit that the 'creative license' the writers have used at times has … [Read More...]

List of useful Tudor resources

For those of you that are interested in learning more about Tudor history, I've compiled a list of some of the books that I've used when writing articles for my website and posts for the blog. Only non-fiction books are included for now but I do plan to expand the list to include useful websites etc. Feel free to contact me about any resources that you think are useful and should be added. Link to list NG … [Read More...]

King Edward VI buried at Westminster

On this day, 8th August, 456 years ago (1553) King Edward VI was buried in the Henry VII Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey. He was only 15 years old and King for 6 years. It is said that at the same time as his burial, Queen Mary attended mass for his soul at the Tower where Lady Jane Grey was already imprisoned. The cause of Edward's death is not certain but Tuberculosis is one cause suggested by some historians. … [Read More...]