Boleyn or Bullen – The Spelling of Boleyn and the Myth that Anne Boleyn Changed It

| November 27, 2013

Boleyn or Bullen – The Spelling of Boleyn and the Myth that Anne Boleyn Changed It

It has been claimed, on various occasions, that Anne Boleyn ‘frenchified’ her name by changing it from ‘Bullen’ to ‘Boleyn’, making it less common and more ‘upmarket’ – “Anne Boleyn” versus “Nan Bullen”. This is a myth, however, and is actually to do with the fact that there was no standardized spelling in England at […]

The Anne Boleyn Collection II Coming Soon!

| September 20, 2013

The Anne Boleyn Collection II Coming Soon!

Those of you on The Anne Boleyn Files list of email subscribers will already know this piece of news, but I wanted to let everyone know – my next book, The Anne Boleyn Collection II, will be released on Amazon (worldwide) next week! If you’ve noticed that I’ve been a bit quieter than usual – […]

Did Anne Boleyn Have a Stepmother?

| June 20, 2013

Did Anne Boleyn Have a Stepmother?

I’m writing this article to banish the myth that Anne Boleyn had a stepmother because, for some reason, I have received three emails in the past two weeks all asking me about Elizabeth Boleyn’s apparent death in 1512. All three emails referred to novels which give Anne a stepmother, for example Jean Plaidy’s “Lady in […]

The Boiling of Richard Roose – 5th April 1531

| April 5, 2013

The Boiling of Richard Roose – 5th April 1531

On this day in 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), Bishop John Fisher’s cook, was boiled to death after confessing to poisoning the soup (or porridge) that was served to the Bishop and his guests. Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester, survived, but some of his guests, who’d eaten more of the soup, died. People were quick […]

The Incest Question by Clare Cherry

| March 15, 2013

The Incest Question by Clare Cherry

Today we have a guest article from Clare Cherry who has been researching the Boleyns, in particular George Boleyn, for many years. Thanks Clare! Why do so many people still accept the incest allegation against Anne and George Boleyn as being true? Come to that, why do so many people believe the other allegations against […]

Anne Boleyn, Nanny McPhee and Nicholas Sander

| March 5, 2013

Anne Boleyn, Nanny McPhee and Nicholas Sander

Thank you to Baroness, a regular commenter on The Anne Boleyn Files, for inspiring today’s post. I’ve been meaning to write another article on the myths surrounding Anne Boleyn’s appearance for some time so when I read Baroness’ words, “Henry fell in love with her because she was a stunning, smart women, not because she […]

Boleyn Myth 1 – Anne Boleyn’s Arms are Evidence that Anne was Ashamed of Her Boleyn Roots

| January 25, 2013

Boleyn Myth 1 – Anne Boleyn’s Arms are Evidence that Anne was Ashamed of Her Boleyn Roots

The arms of four of Henry VIII’s wives have always been controversial in the world of heraldry because Henry VIII granted Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr augmentations, going against the ‘norms’ of heraldry. In “A Treatise on Heraldry, British and Foreign: With English and French Glossaries”, John Woodward and George Burnett […]

New Anne Boleyn Series of Posts Coming Soon!

| January 23, 2013

New Anne Boleyn Series of Posts Coming Soon!

As you may remember, I posted here a couple of weeks ago about how I was going to be researching and writing a series of posts on the myths, lies, inaccuracies, legends and assumptions surrounding Anne Boleyn. I asked you for ideas on what you wanted to see covered and you came up with some […]