Phoenix Rising: A Novel of Anne Boleyn out today on Kindle and in paperback

| May 19, 2015

Phoenix Rising: A Novel of Anne Boleyn out today on Kindle and in paperback

Hunter S. Jones’ wonderful book Phoenix Rising: A Novel of Anne Boleyn is out today in kindle and paperback formats. Here is the blurb: The last hour of Anne Boleyn’s life… Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets of the last hour are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place […]

Anne Boleyn’s head was not put on a spike

| May 19, 2015

Anne Boleyn’s head was not put on a spike

Thank you to Jen for inspiring this post. She emailed me yesterday with the question “Was Anne Boleyn’s head put on a spike” and it’s one that I’m often asked about Anne Boleyn and also her brother and the men who were executed in May 1536, and I know it’s a question I will be […]

19 May 1536 – To Jesus Christ I commend my soul

| May 19, 2015

19 May 1536 – To Jesus Christ I commend my soul

I’m not sure whether Anne Boleyn got any sleep on the night of the 18th/19th May. She was certainly up at dawn, celebrating the Mass and receiving the sacrament from her almoner John Skip. She then ate breakfast and waited for Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, to come and collect her. […]

19 May 1536 – A terrifying vision

| May 19, 2015

19 May 1536 – A terrifying vision

Something strange happened in the early hours of the day Queen Anne Boleyn was executed. While Anne prepared herself for death by praying and celebrating the Mass with her almoner, Scottish theologian Alexander Alesius (Ales) had a terrible vision or nightmare. Alesius was in London at the time and although he was aware of the […]

Anne Boleyn and the Tower of London by Roland Hui

| May 18, 2015

Anne Boleyn and the Tower of London by Roland Hui

As we’re focusing on Anne Boleyn’s imprisonment and execution at the moment, I thought you’d all be interested in an article from our 57 page special on Anne Boleyn from May’s Tudor Life magazine, the monthly magazine of The Tudor Society. The article is by art historian and artist Roland Hui and is a fascinating […]

18 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn prepares for death

| May 18, 2015

18 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn prepares for death

On the night of 17th/18th May 1536, while the carpenters built her scaffold within the grounds of the Tower of London, Anne Boleyn prepared herself for her execution, which was scheduled for 9am on the 18th. At 2am, her almoner, John Skip (some say her confessor Father Thirwell1), arrived to pray with her. She was […]

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 […]