8 April 1554 – The Hanged Cat

| April 8, 2015

8 April 1554 – The Hanged Cat

According to John Stow, the English historian and antiquarian, on this day in 1554 a cat dressed as a priest, a symbol of Catholicism, was found hanged on the gallows in Cheapside. Here is Stowe’s account: “The same 8. of April, being then Sunday, a cat with hir head shorn and the likenes of a […]

Wolf Hall – A Guide to Characters and Events

| April 5, 2015

Wolf Hall – A Guide to Characters and Events

Wolf Hall starts tonight in the US on PBS Masterpiece so over the next few weeks I’m going to be publishing some articles on the real historical characters and events featured in the TV series and the books by Hilary Mantel that it’s adapted from. But, for now you can read more about some of […]

Christ is our Easter Lamb

| April 5, 2015

Christ is our Easter Lamb

Happy Easter! One of my favourite books in my collection of history books is a copy of French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ book Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an (Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year). It is a special book for me because Anne Boleyn was […]

3 April 1538 – Death of Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn

| April 3, 2015

3 April 1538 – Death of Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 3rd April 1538, Elizabeth Boleyn, Lady Wiltshire, wife of Thomas Boleyn and mother of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, died in a property near Baynard’s Castle, a property that was the home of the Abbot of Reading. Thomas Warley recorded her death in a letter to Lady Lisle in Calais […]

Anne Boleyn’s dog Purkoy

| April 2, 2015

Anne Boleyn’s dog Purkoy

I’m feeling a bit ‘fragile’ today after taking our elderly cat (about 19 years old!) to the vet’s last night to be put down. I know it was the best thing to do because Poppy had kidney failure and was going downhill rapidly, but it’s a heartbreaking decision to have to make. Anyway, it made […]

Petition to give Anne Boleyn a Royal Pardon – Why I’m not signing

| March 17, 2015

Petition to give Anne Boleyn a Royal Pardon – Why I’m not signing

You may well have heard that an e-petition has been set up calling on HM Government to “Grant Anne Boleyn a royal pardon for the crimes she was wrongly accused of. Let her be re buried in Westminster Abbey with her daughter Elizabeth I. Grant her a royal funeral as she rightly deserved.” This follows […]

Happy Mothering Sunday!

| March 15, 2015

Happy Mothering Sunday!

Happy Mothering Sunday to all those celebrating this special day today. Have a wonderful day and I hope you get thoroughly pampered. I wanted to share with you snippets I shared last year from my book The Anne Boleyn Collection II regarding what we know about Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth, as mother and daughter. Click […]

Anne Boleyn Quiz

| March 6, 2015

Anne Boleyn Quiz

Our sister site The Tudor Society features a weekly quiz for members and this week’s quiz is open to everyone and is on our favourite lady, Anne Boleyn. If you can spare a few minutes to test your knowledge on Anne Boleyn then head over to https://www.tudorsociety.com/anne-boleyn-quiz/. Do leave a comment there to let me […]