Lady Bergavenny turns into Anne Boleyn?

| April 14, 2016

Lady Bergavenny turns into Anne Boleyn?

On Sunday 10th April 2016 Anne Boleyn hit the news with articles in the Sunday Times and Mail Online claiming that a copy of a lost portrait of Anne Boleyn had been found by Alison Weir.1 Now, this wasn’t news to everyone as Weir had shared her eBay find on her Facebook page and that […]

31 March 1532 – A displeasing sermon for Henry VIII

| March 31, 2016

31 March 1532 – A displeasing sermon for Henry VIII

31st March 1532 was Easter Sunday and Henry VIII attended a service at the chapel of the Observant Friars at Greenwich. There, he listened to a sermon by Friar William Peto, Provincial of England (leader of the Observant Friars in England) and a man who acted as confessor to Queen Catherine of Aragon and Princess […]

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

| March 17, 2016

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all those in Ireland or with Irish ancestry, or to anyone who celebrates the feast day of St Patrick. Have a wonderful day! To celebrate, here are some articles about the Boleyns’ links to Ireland: The Clonony Boleyn Girls Anne Boleyn’s Irish Roots – Lady Margaret Butler and the Butlers […]

12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn made the end of a good Christian man

| March 12, 2016

12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn made the end of a good Christian man

On 12th March 1539, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, and father of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, died at Hever Castle, Kent. Thomas was buried at St Peter’s Church, Hever, and his memorial brass, which depicts him dressed in the full robes and insignia of a Knight of the Garter, including the badge […]

International Women’s Day 2016

| March 8, 2016

International Women’s Day 2016

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to “Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women”. This year’s theme is gender parity and you can find out more about the campaign at International Women’s Day. While this day should make us think about issues facing women around the world today, it always makes […]

7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

| February 7, 2016

7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

On this day in history, 7th February 1526, the traditional Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The joust’s theme was unrequited love. Henry Courtenay, Marquess of Exeter, and his team of men wore green velvet and crimson satin embroidered with burning hearts. Above these hearts, a lady’s hand was depicted coming out of a […]

His Dear Bedfellow – The debate over Harry Percy

| January 28, 2016

His Dear Bedfellow – The debate over Harry Percy

My dear friend, historian and author Gareth Russell, has written an article for Tudor Life magazine which I know will be of real interest to Anne Boleyn Files followers and which you can all read as it’s part of the teaser/taster of the February magazine, available at https://www.tudorsociety.com/tudor-life-february-2016-taster/. Now, most of us are very well […]

I am Henry Review

| January 12, 2016

I am Henry Review

I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review the British short film “I am Henry” which has recently won six awards at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. I’d been desperate to see it since viewing the trailer. The setting for “I am Henry” is Syon Abbey. Henry VIII’s body is resting […]