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

Tudor Authors and book reviews!

Just a quick post to let you know that I have added links to lots of Tudor authors under 'Author Websites' accessed from my homepage. I have linked to the author's official website and am hoping to add some more in the near future. If there is an author you'd like me to add or one you think I may have forgotten please let me know. I have also created a page dedicated to reviewing Tudor books and some medieval ones here and there since I'm finding myself incredibly drawn to this period as … [Read More...]

Anne Boleyn’s Lavish Banquet at Westminster Hall

With a history spanning more than 900 years, Westminster Hall is the only part of the ancient Palace of Westminster to survive in almost original form.  Built between 1097 and 1099 by William Rufus it has played host to a variety of ceremonies and events. From great feasts and banquets to Tudor disguisings and even an early form of shopping centre! Take a virtual tour of this extraordinary hall and explore the fantastic 3D reconstructed model of Westminster Hall in 1099 and 1400. But most … [Read More...]

Anne Boleyn and Windsor Castle

An ancient castle dating back to the time of William the Conqueror- Windsor Castle does not immediately spark images of Anne Boleyn like the Tower of London and Hever Castle do but it is in fact a place she visited on many occasions. Most notably, it is at Windsor Castle on the 1st September 1532 that Anne Boleyn received the title of marquis of Pembroke. It was a lavish ceremony witnessed by many members of the nobility. Whether or not Henry conferred the title on Anne as a way of … [Read More...]

On this day in 1540 Thomas Cromwell was executed

On this day in 1540 Thomas Cromwell met a gruesome end on Tower Hill. Some would say he got what he deserved after having been crucial in the demise of many others. This is what Cranmer had to say to Henry VIII after Cromwell's arrest: “Who cannot be sorrowful and amazed that he should be a traitor against your majesty? He that was so advanced by your majesty, he whose surety was only by your majesty, he who loved your majesty, as I ever thought, no less than God; he who studied always to set … [Read More...]

Possible Portrait of Mary Tudor?

I have just read a very interesting post about this portrait of an 'English Princess' dated back to 1535. Originally it was implied that the sitter was Mary Tudor but of course this presents some problems because in 1535 Mary was not yet returned to favour and so would such a portrait have been commissioned? The other obvious issue is that in 1535 Mary is assumed to have been 19 years of age and this sitter to me looks much younger. So we are left with the question, if not Mary then … [Read More...]

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The list of Tudor and Anne Boleyn related places grows!

I am very happy to say that I have just added the 16th Tudor/Anne Boleyn place to my On the Tudor Trail list! It is none other than Henry VIII's pleasure palace- Hampton Court. Hampton Court Palace is undoubtedly one of my favourite places in the world!  Although physically, little of Cardinal Wolsey’s and Henry VIII’s Hampton Court survives today, as it was either demolished, modified or modernised, you can still get a feel of what Henry’s beloved palace would have looked like when it … [Read More...]

Anne Boleyn- an indelible queen

Anne Boleyn fans often associate May with her bloody and unjust demise but we cannot for a moment forget that May was also the month in which her coronation ceremonies began and must have been a time of great triumph and joy for her. After the many years of uncertainty she endured, these four days would have been a monumental relief. A time where she could be secure in the knowledge that she was on the brink of becoming an anointed Queen and mother to the future heir to the throne- in her mind, … [Read More...]

Secrets of the Vatican revealed

I just came across this article describing how some of the documents kept in the Vatican's secret archives are soon to be opened to outsiders. Among one of the one million documents is a 2.5 kg letter with 81 wax seals sent by members of the British House of Lords to Pope Clement VII in 1530, demanding a divorce for King Henry VIII. David Starkey claims that "To understand England we need to have this document in mind." If you have a spare 50,000 Euro you can buy one of only 200 replicas of … [Read More...]

My Tudor photos

For all of you that may be interested, I have just uploaded close to 300 photos that I took on my 'Tudor pilgrimage' trip last year. I have not yet added descriptions to all of them but hopefully I will get to that soon. I have photos of the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle,  Hatfield House, Hever Castle, Penshurst Place, Rochford Hall, Burghley House, Sudeley Castle, Thornbury Castle and Stratford Upon Avon! All you need to do is visit: On the Tudor … [Read More...]

Pashley Manor- a Boleyn home

I am very happy to say that I have just added my 15th stop on the Tudor Trail! This time we must travel to the town of Ticehurst on the border of East Sussex and Kent to the beautiful Pashley Manor. Originally built in 1292 as a moated manor by the de Passele family, it was eventually sold to the Bullen family from Norfolk in 1453. The Bullens, later Boleyns, held the manor until Queen Anne Boleyn’s downfall in 1536 possibly using it as a hunting lodge. It is said that Anne Boleyn … [Read More...]

Archbishop Cranmer declares Henry and Anne’s marriage valid

Hello all! I was just thinking about Anne (as I do a lot...) and was trying to imagine what she would have been feeling on this day in 1533 because not only had Cranmer declared her marriage valid but also the next day would mark the commencement of the coronation ceremonies and Henry and Anne’s first public ceremony as a royal couple. I think that she must have felt untouchable- pregnant with the heir to the throne of England, doted on by her husband the King and soon to be an anointed … [Read More...]