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

These bloody days…

On the morning of Wednesday, 17th May 1536 George Boleyn, Henry Norris, Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were led out of the Tower under close guard and beheaded on a high scaffold on Tower Hill. Large crowds had gathered to see the bloody end of these once great men- among the onlookers stood a number of courtiers. Anne Boleyn and Thomas Wyatt were witnesses to these gruesome acts from the window of their prison cells within the Tower. It seems likely that Wyatt watched from … [Read More...]

Roses at the Tower of London

On my visit to the Tower of London last year I spoke with a Yeoman Warder about the roses that are said to be anonymously delivered  to the Tower of London to commemorate the anniversary of the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn. He confirmed that every May 19th roses are indeed sent to the Tower and believed this to be happening since Victorian times. Interestingly, he also added that due to security reasons they were forced to enquire as to the identity of the person or persons sending the roses … [Read More...]

Raise a glass to Henry VIII at Hampton Court

How I would love to be able to visit the recently unveiled recreation of a Tudor wine fountain at Hampton Court Palace. This is already one of my favourite places on Earth and the addition of the wine fountain where visitors can enjoy a glass of  red or chilled white wine on weekends just makes it all the more spectacular. Hampton Court was well known in its day as a place where Henry VIII would lavishly entertain his guests with festivities, revels and copious amounts of beer and wine- hence … [Read More...]

Berkeley Castle- Host to a Royal honeymoon?

I have been busy updating my 'Tudor Trail' page on my website: On the Tudor Trail I now have 14 houses, castles, parks and churches with a connection to Anne Boleyn and will be adding more in the near future. They are all places that Anne Boleyn visited and that are still in existence today! My latest addition is the historic Berkeley Castle. The same family has inhabited the amazing Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire for 900 years! The castle was built in the 12th century to keep … [Read More...]

Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey Exhibition at the National Gallery

For those of you lucky enough to live nearby, the National Gallery in London is currently exhibiting Delaroche's famous painting depicting the moment prior to Lady Jane Grey's execution. She was only 16 years old and Queen for a mere 9 days when she was sent to the Tower and executed on February 12th 1554. View preparatory drawings and sketches and discover how this painting evolved into such a powerful and moving piece. For more information visit the National Gallery . … [Read More...]

Q & A with Hilary Mantel

It's taken me a while to add this post but it's better late than never I say! Last year my sister was lucky enough to interview the very talented Hilary Mantel for an article published in Australia's Who Weekly Magazine. I thought it might be nice to share with you the insights she offers. Why are readers insatiable when it comes to the Tudor period? And what drew you to it? Henry’s story has all the ingredients of great soap opera, but it’s also a deeply interesting era in English … [Read More...]

Ghost of Anne Boleyn?

Last September, after dreaming about this moment for a decade, I visited Hever Castle. Being in Anne Boleyn's childhood home; a place that was so dear to her was beyond belief. I kept imagining her walking through the gardens and into the castle, it was amazing to think that she'd been here and that only time separated us now. This was a wonderful thought- we were finally sharing the same space! Entering Anne's bedroom was a very surreal moment. A person's bedroom is so personal, so private and … [Read More...]

Haunted Gallery Hampton Court

A reader recently wrote in to share with me a paranormal experience she had in 1987 at Hampton Court and this got me thinking about my recent visit. In September last year I was lucky enough to spend the day wandering the corridors of Hampton Court and was even able to take part in the preparations for Henry VIII's wedding to Catherine Parr- more to come on this soon! My hopes of something 'paranormal' happening were of course increased as I approached the Haunted Gallery as one always hopes to … [Read More...]

Medieval treasures on display in Winchester exhibition

A copy of the petition that urged the Pope to allow Henry VIII to divorce Catherine of Aragon is currently on display at The Gallery Winchester Discovery Centre as part of the Treasures of Hyde Abbey exhibition. For more information visit: Visit Winchester … [Read More...]

Haunted Portrait of Anne Boleyn!

A reader recently wrote in to share with me a strange experience she had at Hampton Court in 1987. I find this a fascinating occurrence as I've never heard of an experience quite like it. Here is her story in her own words: "I will share with you a true experience that happened to me at Hampton Court in 1987. I came upon a portrait of Anne Boleyn (but instead of the traditional pose), she had a big grin on her face - I thought it was a caricature of the famous portrait we all know. I went … [Read More...]

A room with a view!

On my visit to Hever Castle last year, I was very surprised by how small and humble Anne's bedroom was as I had imagined it larger. But what was memorable was the lovely view from her window. I stood and wondered what Anne had seen when she looked out her window all those centuries ago. What had she been thinking of as she took in the beautiful castle surrounds? What I am sure of is that during her imprisonment in the Tower she must have dreamed and longed to be home at Hever in the picturesque … [Read More...]

Hever Castle- Kent

The very mention of the name ‘Hever Castle’ immediately sparks images of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.  This fairy tale castle, in the beautiful Kent countryside, was her childhood home but was not the setting of her birth as is so often thought. The oldest part of the castle, built by William de Hever in 1270 as a defensive fortress, consists of a gatehouse and walled Bailey.  In 1451, Anne Boleyn’s great-grandfather purchased the castle and converted it into a comfortable private … [Read More...]