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The Aftermath of the Events of May 1536

| May 21, 2014

The Aftermath of the Events of May 1536

Today I want to share with you an extract from The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown about the aftermath of the executions of May 1536, the reactions of some people on hearing the news… Although Cromwell’s propaganda machine had been working flat out, spreading the salacious and shocking news that the King of England […]

Queen Anne Boleyn, 19th of May 1536

| May 19, 2014

Queen Anne Boleyn, 19th of May 1536

“Queen Anne Boleyn, 19th of May 1536″ is the wording on the card that accompanies the basket of red roses delivered to the Tower of London each year on 19th May and placed on Anne Boleyn’s memorial tile in the chancel of the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. Whenever I go to the Tower […]

And Whereas the crowned, the Most Happy Falcon was no more, a Phoenix was rising

| May 19, 2014

And Whereas the crowned, the Most Happy Falcon was no more, a Phoenix was rising

The 19th May 1536 saw the end of Anne Boleyn “The Most Happy” and the next day Henry VIII became betrothed to Jane Seymour. It was the end of the white falcon (Anne’s badge), but the phoenix (Jane’s badge) was rising. Thank you so much to Yann Kergourlay for putting it so well: “And Whereas […]

19 May 1536 – The Execution of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London

| May 19, 2014

19 May 1536 – The Execution of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London

Today I will be raising a glass to Queen Anne Boleyn, a woman whose life was cut short by an awful miscarriage of justice on this day in 1536 when she was beheaded by “the Sword of Calais” at the Tower of London. She had been condemned to death for high treason on 15th May […]

18 May 1536 – Postponement, Preparation and Prayer

| May 18, 2014

18 May 1536 – Postponement, Preparation and Prayer

On the night of 17th May 1536, while the carpenters built her scaffold within the grounds of the Tower of London, Anne Boleyn prepared herself for her execution, which had been scheduled for 9am on the 18th. At 2am, her almoner John Skip (some say her confessor Father Thirwell) arrived to pray with her. She […]

Why I think Henry VIII was ultimately responsible for Anne Boleyn’s downfall

| May 31, 2013

Why I think Henry VIII was ultimately responsible for Anne Boleyn’s downfall

First off, I’d like to explain that this is about my opinion and I am certainly not telling you what to think or who you should ‘blame’ for Anne Boleyn’s fall and execution. As Suzannah Lipscomb said in “The Last Days of Anne Boleyn” TV programme, “there’s just enough evidence to keep historians guessing but […]

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

| May 24, 2013

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

I thought I’d write a review (well, more of a rundown) of the BBC2 programme The Last Days of Anne Boleyn for those of you who missed it or are unable to see it. I sat scribbling notes as fast as I could and I hope this makes sense! The programme flitted between a narrator […]

My Visit to the Tower of London on 19 May 2013

| May 22, 2013

My Visit to the Tower of London on 19 May 2013

The Tower of London is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year, being jam-packed with history and historical artefacts, but there’s nothing quite like visiting it on 19th May, the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution, and I was lucky to be able to go this year with Tim and our children. We […]