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 […]

19 May 1536 – The Execution of Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2013

19 May 1536 – The Execution of Anne Boleyn

To commemorate Anne Boleyn’s execution, which took place on this day in 1536, I’m going to share the preface of my book on Anne’s fall… Dressed in an ermine-trimmed, grey damask robe, with an English style gable hood and a crimson kirtle underneath, the slight, dark-haired woman took her final walk. She went out of […]

18 May – Anne Boleyn’s Execution is Postponed

| May 18, 2013

18 May – Anne Boleyn’s Execution is Postponed

Most people know that Anne Boleyn was executed on 19th May 1536, but what not many people realise is that her execution was actually scheduled for 18th May and 9am. Anne had prepared for her death. She had been praying since 2am with her almoner1 and she celebrated mass with Archbishop Cranmer just after dawn. […]

18 April 1587 – Death of John Foxe, Martyrologist

| April 18, 2013

18 April 1587 – Death of John Foxe, Martyrologist

On this day in 1587, John Foxe, the English historian, reformer and martyrologist, died aged around seventy. He is known for his book Actes and Monuments, commonly known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, an account of Christian martyrs throughout history, with particular emphasis on the Protestant martyrs who died during the reign of Mary I. […]

The Mystery of Anne Boleyn’s Message to Henry VIII

| August 10, 2012

The Mystery of Anne Boleyn’s Message to Henry VIII

I’ve recently been corresponding with a reader of my book on the fall of Anne Boleyn regarding a message that Anne Boleyn was said to have sent Henry VIII on 19th May 1536. The reader had seen the words of this message on a few websites and wanted to know the source of them and […]

Executed Queens Tour Day 6 Diary Entry

| June 16, 2012

Executed Queens Tour Day 6 Diary Entry

Here is Tim’s diary entry for the last full day of the Executed Queen’s Tour… Our last day trip on the Executed Queens tour was a visit to the Tower of London. Although I hadn’t thought about it at the time, this was actually the perfect ending to the tour. All week we had been […]