30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

| May 30, 2015

30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

On Tuesday 30th May 1536, King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour, soldier and courtier, and of Margery Wentworth, in the Queen’s Closet at York Place (Whitehall). Henry and Jane had become betrothed on 20th May, the day after the execution of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, and chronicler Charles Wriothesley […]

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

| May 27, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

A big thank you to Olga Hughes, editor of Nerdalicious and regular contributor to Tudor Life magazine, for writing this wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn. There is something distinctly discomfiting about Henry VIII’s judicial murder of his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. It is not only the terrible tragedy that befell her at […]

Mysticism and Medicine in Tudor England and Book Giveaway

| May 20, 2015

Mysticism and Medicine in Tudor England and Book Giveaway

As part of the blog/book tour for her latest novel Phoenix Rising: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, Hunter is here again on The Anne Boleyn Files to share a guest article with us – welcome Hunter! MadeGlobal Publishing is also offering one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower the chance to win a copy of Hunter’s […]

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 […]

In Memory of Five Innocent Men – 17 May 1536

| May 17, 2015

In Memory of Five Innocent Men – 17 May 1536

I sometimes feel that Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, Mark Smeaton and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, get forgotten about. On social media, there are often pleas to get Anne Boleyn pardoned or moved from St Peter ad Vincula, and visitors take flowers to her resting place on 19th May each year, but […]