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 […]

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 […]