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 […]

1 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2015

1 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

In 1522, 1st March was Shrove Tuesday and was the day of the special Shrovetide pageant, “The Château Vert”, which took place at York Place in London. This pageant was Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Henry VIII’s court following her return from France, where she had been serving Queen Claude, consort of Francis I. […]

Anne Boleyn and the fire in her chamber

| February 28, 2015

Anne Boleyn and the fire in her chamber

Thank you to Phillipa Vincent-Connolly for asking me about this event and for suggesting that I write a post about it. It is, of course, an event which was shown recently in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall. In the series, just after the death of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, played by Claire Foy, […]

What did Anne Boleyn look like and does it really matter?

| February 23, 2015

What did Anne Boleyn look like and does it really matter?

Historian and author Conor Byrne discusses Anne Boleyn’s physical appearance, primary source descriptions of Anne and the controversy over her appearance in an article over on The Tudor Society website. Here’s an excerpt and you can just click on “more” to read the rest of the article. Every aspect of Anne Boleyn’s life is controversial. […]

The Nidd Hall Portrait matches the 1534 Anne Boleyn Medal

| February 16, 2015

The Nidd Hall Portrait matches the 1534 Anne Boleyn Medal

It has always been frustrating to me that the only contemporary likeness we have on Anne Boleyn is the Moost Happi medal which was struck in 1534 and which is now housed at the British Museum. There is controversy over all the other images said to be of Anne because they are all so different […]

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

| February 14, 2015

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

If you haven’t noticed (quick, buy a card!), today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Contrary to what many people believe, Valentine’s Day was celebrated in Tudor England. Alison Sim, in her excellent book Pleasures & Pastimes in Tudor England writes of how it is mentioned three times in the Paston Letters (a collection […]