29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio Lands at Dover

| September 29, 2014

29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio Lands at Dover

On 29th September 1528 Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate, landed at Dover on the Kent coast. He had arrived in preparation for hearing the case for the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at a special legatine court. You can read more about this in my article […]

Anne’s Most Telling Piece of Jewelry – Guest Post by Brittany Frazza

| September 23, 2014

Anne’s Most Telling Piece of Jewelry – Guest Post by Brittany Frazza

Today we have a guest article from student Brittany Frazza who is just about to embark on a PhD course – thank you Brittany! A strand of understated pearls with a gold ‘B’ pendant, adorned with three teardrop shaped pearls suspended from under the letter… It’s safe to say that Anne Boleyn is synonymous with […]

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

| September 17, 2014

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

The Tudors series would have us believe that Henry VIII first noticed Anne Boleyn at the Château Vert Pageant, just after Anne had made her debut at the English court, but the first solid evidence we have of Henry VIII being in love with Anne is Henry’s request to the Pope in August 1527 for […]

26 August 1533 – Anne Boleyn takes to her Chamber

| August 26, 2014

26 August 1533 – Anne Boleyn takes to her Chamber

One of the rituals associated with childbirth was called “taking her chamber”. A Tudor woman usually “took to her chamber”, or went into confinement, four to six weeks before her due date. Anne Boleyn took to her chamber on 26th August 1533, less than two weeks before Elizabeth was born. Elizabeth may have been premature, […]

Anne Boleyn and the French Court 1514-1521

| August 14, 2014

Anne Boleyn and the French Court 1514-1521

In the fifth article of my “Anne Boleyn’s Life” series, I’m going to look at Anne’s time in France… Anne Boleyn had left her home of Hever Castle in Kent to travel to Margaret of Austria’s court in Mechelen (in present day Belgium) in the summer of 1513. It is not known how long her […]

Anne Boleyn’s Education and her time at Margaret of Austria’s Court

| August 8, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Education and her time at Margaret of Austria’s Court

We don’t know anything about Anne Boleyn’s first few years. She wasn’t a royal princess so her early childhood and education are not documented in any way, but we know from the woman and queen that she became that her humanist father ensured she had the best education a Tudor girl could hope for. Anne […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part Two – The Howards

| August 1, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part Two – The Howards

Last week I wrote about Anne Boleyn’s paternal family, the Boleyns and Butlers, so today I’m going to look at Anne’s maternal family, the Howards. Apologies for the long article, there were quite a few prominent Howards! The Howards were one of the premier families in England and were of royal blood, being descended from […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part One – The Boleyns

| July 24, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part One – The Boleyns

In the second part of my series on Anne Boleyn’s life, I want to take a look at her family and extended family. I’m going to give some brief bios of some of the people she was related to with links to where you can find out more about them. Apologies for some repetition from […]