The Trial of Anne Boleyn

| September 30, 2016

The Trial of Anne Boleyn

I’m so excited! My article “The Trial of Anne Boleyn” is the feature article in Issue 7 of History of Royals magazine! Yay! In the article, I explain the context to Anne’s fall, the events leading up to her arrest, trial and execution, and the charges listed in the indictments. I also look at the […]

Matthew Parker, a man “so much bound” to Anne Boleyn

| August 6, 2016

Matthew Parker, a man “so much bound” to Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich, East Anglia. He was born the son of a worsted weaver but his destiny wasn’t weaving, Parker was destined for the Church and for royal service too. In around 1520, Parker began his studies at Corpus […]

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

| June 8, 2016

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, the sixth Parliament of the reign of Henry VIII met. It went on to pass the second Act of Succession removing Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession and declaring them bastards. Mary had already been declared illegitimate in the First Act of […]

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

| June 4, 2016

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

Following her marriage to Henry VIII on 30th May 1536 and her first public apearance as queen on 2nd June, Jane Seymour was proclaimed Queen at Greenwich on Sunday 4th June 1536, Whitsun. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded it: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane Seymor was proclaymed […]

2 June 1536 – Queen Jane Seymour’s first public appearance

| June 2, 2016

2 June 1536 – Queen Jane Seymour’s first public appearance

On Friday 2nd June 1536, according to Sir John Russell, Queen Jane Seymour made her first public appearance since her marriage to King Henry VIII on 30th May. She appeared at Greenwich Palace. Here is an extract from Sir John Russell’s letter to Lord Lisle, Lord Deputy of Calais: “On Friday last [2nd June] the […]

20 May 1536 – King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour become betrothed

| May 20, 2016

20 May 1536 – King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour become betrothed

On 20th May 1536, at nine o’clock in the morning, King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour became secretly betrothed. Read more…

The men who died in 1536 video

| May 19, 2016

The men who died in 1536 video

Queen Anne Boleyn was, of course, not the only victim of her fall in 1536, five men were executed on 17th May 1536. Clare Cherry, my co-author (George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat), pays tribute to these men in this video talk. Remember to head over to www.madeglobal.com/3292/clare-cherry-men-died-may-1536/ and enter the giveaway for a […]

Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower Video

| May 19, 2016

Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower Video

The 6th May 1536 is the date on a letter which was allegedly found in Thomas Cromwell’s papers and which was addressed to Henry VIII from “Your most Loyal and ever Faithful Wife, Anne Bullen. From my doleful Prison the Tower, this 6th of May.” Many historians have dismissed this letter as a fake, but […]