2nd April 1536 – John Skip’s Controversial Sermon

| April 2, 2014

2nd April 1536 – John Skip’s Controversial Sermon

The following is an excerpt from my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown… On the 2nd April 1536, Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached an incredibly controversial sermon on the Old Testament story of Queen Esther. This sermon did not help Anne’s already troubled relationship with Cromwell. As well as serving as a […]

Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History Episode 2 – Rundown

| February 28, 2014

Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History Episode 2 – Rundown

I made notes from last night’s programme for those of you who were unable to watch it. Apologies if I’ve missed anything out but I have no way of pausing it so had to scribble rather quickly! The programme opened by taking the viewer back to 31st May 1533. Suzannah Lipscomb explained that Henry was […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn “Miscarried of her Saviour”

| January 29, 2014

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn “Miscarried of her Saviour”

On 29th January 1536, the same day that Catherine of Aragon was buried, Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. You can read more about this miscarriage, my examination of the primary sources and my thoughts on the deformed foetus theory in my article Anne Boleyn’s […]

24 January 1536 – A Serious Jousting Accident for Henry VIII

| January 24, 2014

24 January 1536 – A Serious Jousting Accident for Henry VIII

On 24th January 1536, at Greenwich Palace, the forty-four year-old King Henry VIII suffered a serious acccident while jousting. We have three main contemporary reports of the accident: one from Eustace Chapuys, Emperor Charles V’s ambassador in England, another from Dr Pedro Ortiz, Charles V’s ambassador in Rome, and a further one from chronicler and […]

The King’s Niece and the Fall of Anne Boleyn – Guest Article by Leanda de Lisle

| August 29, 2013

The King’s Niece and the Fall of Anne Boleyn – Guest Article by Leanda de Lisle

In the spring of 1536, King Henry’s niece, the ‘beautiful and highly esteemed’ twenty-one year old Lady Margaret Douglas, would sneak into the chamber of her friend, Mary Fitzroy. Mary’s uncle, Lord Thomas Howard, would then follow. He and Margaret had become lovers and met regularly to talk privately, kiss and exchange gifts. But there […]

Upcoming Q&A with Leanda de Lisle – Your Chance to Ask a Question

| August 23, 2013

Upcoming Q&A with Leanda de Lisle – Your Chance to Ask a Question

Author and historian Leanda de Lisle has kindly offered to do a Q&A session here at The Anne Boleyn Files, so this is your chance to ask her a question. Leanda has written three Tudor history books and her latest book, Tudor: The Family Story (US title: Tudor: Passion. Manipulation. Murder. The Story of England’s […]

8 June 1536 – The Lady Mary Writes to Her Father and the Second Act of Succession is Passed

| June 8, 2013

8 June 1536 – The Lady Mary Writes to Her Father and the Second Act of Succession is Passed

On 8th June 1536, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, Mary, continued in her quest to reconcile with her father following the death of Anne Boleyn. Letters and Papers has a record of her letter: “Begs his daily blessing. Though she understands, to her inestimable comfort, that he has forgiven all her offences and withdrawn his displeasure […]

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 […]