Anna, Tochter von Kleve by Heather R. Darsie

| July 16, 2015

Anna, Tochter von Kleve by Heather R. Darsie

Thank you to Heather Darsie for sharing this article on Anne of Cleves with us today. Heather is busy researching Anne at the moment and is finding her a fascinating woman. By the way, “Anna, Tochter von Kleve” means “Anne, daughter of Cleves”. July 16, 2015 marks the 458th anniversary of Anna von Kleve’s death. […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

| July 11, 2015

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

On 11 Pope Clement VII declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was null, as was the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and threatened the King with excommunication if he did not abandon the pregnant Anne and return to Catherine. Read more… Also on this day in history… 1536 – Death […]

32 Londoners: Anne Boleyn commemorated on the London Eye – 11 June

| June 1, 2015

32 Londoners: Anne Boleyn commemorated on the London Eye – 11 June

One of the curators behind 32 Londoners of the London Eye has contacted to let me know that Anne Boleyn has been chosen as one of their iconic 32 Londoners in 2015. Historian Tracy Borman, who is also Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, will be talking about Anne Boleyn on 11th June and pointing […]

Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and a Magna Carta Baron by Marilyn Roberts

| May 20, 2015

Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and a Magna Carta Baron by Marilyn Roberts

Thank you to author and historian Marilyn Roberts for sharing her knowledge with us today… The Epworth Magna Carta 800th Society was founded in the autumn of 2014 with the joint aims of bringing together the local community to celebrate the anniversary of the original version of Magna Carta while at the same time raising […]

From the Tudor Royals to “A Royal Night Out”… by Emma Connell

| May 19, 2015

From the Tudor Royals to “A Royal Night Out”… by Emma Connell

Today, on the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution in 1536, we have a guest post from actress Emma Connell. I was honoured to see Emma play Anne Boleyn in the play “Fallen in Love: The Secret Heart of Anne Boleyn” at the Tower of London on 19th May 2013. Emma was perfect as Anne and […]

May Tudor Life Magazine – An Anne Boleyn Special!

| April 27, 2015

May Tudor Life Magazine – An Anne Boleyn Special!

May 2015’s Tudor Life magazine is out now and it’s an Anne Boleyn special with 57 out of its 106 pages dedicated to Henry VIII’s second wife who was, of course, executed in May 1536. The Anne Boleyn special section includes articles from Elizabeth Norton, Kyra Kramer, Gareth Russell, Roland Hui, Marilyn Roberts, Clare Cherry, […]

25 April 1544 – Queen Catherine Parr’s first work is published

| April 25, 2015

25 April 1544 – Queen Catherine Parr’s first work is published

On this day in history, 25th April 1544, Queen Catherine Parr’s English translation of John Fisher’s Latin work Psalms or Prayers was published. The book was published anonymously by the King’s printer, Thomas Berthelet, but Janel Mueller, editor of Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence points out there is “considerable circumstantial evidence” to point to […]

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 […]