7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

| February 7, 2016

7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

On this day in history, 7th February 1526, the traditional Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The joust’s theme was unrequited love. Henry Courtenay, Marquess of Exeter, and his team of men wore green velvet and crimson satin embroidered with burning hearts. Above these hearts, a lady’s hand was depicted coming out of a […]

His Dear Bedfellow – The debate over Harry Percy

| January 28, 2016

His Dear Bedfellow – The debate over Harry Percy

My dear friend, historian and author Gareth Russell, has written an article for Tudor Life magazine which I know will be of real interest to Anne Boleyn Files followers and which you can all read as it’s part of the teaser/taster of the February magazine, available at https://www.tudorsociety.com/tudor-life-february-2016-taster/. Now, most of us are very well […]

I am Henry Review

| January 12, 2016

I am Henry Review

I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review the British short film “I am Henry” which has recently won six awards at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. I’d been desperate to see it since viewing the trailer. The setting for “I am Henry” is Syon Abbey. Henry VIII’s body is resting […]

This Other Eden Book Tour – Who was Anne Boleyn?

| December 13, 2015

This Other Eden Book Tour – Who was Anne Boleyn?

I’m delighted to welcome Margaret M. Williams, author of the historical novel This Other Eden which has just been published by Spartan Publishing, to The Anne Boleyn Files today. Over to Margaret… Anne Boleyn. Who was she? Ask any schoolchild with even the most mediocre grasp of the Tudor period of history, and the immediate […]

8 December 1538 – Death of William Coffin, Anne Boleyn’s Master of the Horse

| December 8, 2015

8 December 1538 – Death of William Coffin, Anne Boleyn’s Master of the Horse

On this day in history, 8th December 1538, Sir William Coffin, courtier and Master of the Horse to Queens Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, died at Standon in Hertfordshire. It is thought that he died of the plague because his wife Margaret wrote to Thomas Cromwell saying that Coffin had “died of the great sickness, […]

30 November 1529 – Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn get cross with Henry VIII

| November 30, 2015

30 November 1529 – Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn get cross with Henry VIII

On 30th November 1529, Henry VIII was reproached by the two women in his life: his wife, Catherine of Aragon, and the woman he wanted to marry, Anne Boleyn. An angry Catherine of Aragon confronted her husband regarding his treatment of her, which she considered “the pains of Purgatory on earth”, and then when the […]

26 November 1533 – The wedding of Henry Fitzroy and Mary Howard

| November 26, 2015

26 November 1533 – The wedding of Henry Fitzroy and Mary Howard

On 26th November 1533, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset and the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, married Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, at Hampton Court Palace. They were both fourteen years of age. The wedding appears to have been rather low-key, so much so that it is […]

Catherine Carey book tour – Creating your own primary sources

| November 19, 2015

Catherine Carey book tour – Creating your own primary sources

Today’s book tour stop sees Adrienne Dillard, author of the new non-fiction book Catherine Carey in a Nutshell and the historical novel Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, discussing creating our own primary sources in a wonderful article over at Expats Post. It’s a thought-provoking article and a big thank you to Adrienne for […]