Fact? by Clare Cherry

| August 3, 2016

Fact? by Clare Cherry

Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, discusses the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. There are many ‘known’ ‘facts’ which aren’t actually facts at all. A lot of what we think we know comes from urban myth, old wives tales, mistake, assumption, exaggeration, etc. etc. There are […]

Anne Boleyn – No innocent victim, apparently

| July 27, 2016

Anne Boleyn – No innocent victim, apparently

Warning: emotive post and mini rant! Feel free to ignore if it’s not your cup of tea. With running an Anne Boleyn blog, having made videos about her and having written books on her, I come across the following views on a fairly regular basis: Anne was no innocent victim She knew exactly what she […]

8 January 1536 – Who wore yellow?

| January 8, 2016

8 January 1536 – Who wore yellow?

At this time of year, around the anniversary of Catherine of Aragon’s death in 1536, I tend to receive emails and comments regarding Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn wearing yellow to celebrate Catherine of Aragon’s death and the colour of yellow also being the colour of mourning on Spain. It’s a topic that always comes […]

O death, rock me asleep video

| September 28, 2015

O death, rock me asleep video

Thank you to Jane Moulder, the Tudor Society’s music expert and a member of the Renaissance music group Piva, for letting me know about this beautiful performance of “O death, rock me asleep”, a lament which some say that Anne Boleyn wrote while she was in the Tower of London. There is, however, as historian […]

Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower: A New Assessment available for Pre-order Now

| September 2, 2015

Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower: A New Assessment available for Pre-order Now

I know many of you were interested in what Sandra Vasoli had to say about the letter said to be written by Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII from the Tower on 6th May 1536 (click here to read that) so I just wanted to let you know that the kindle version of Sandi’s book is […]

Anne Boleyn’s head was not put on a spike

| May 19, 2015

Anne Boleyn’s head was not put on a spike

Thank you to Jen for inspiring this post. She emailed me yesterday with the question “Was Anne Boleyn’s head put on a spike” and it’s one that I’m often asked about Anne Boleyn and also her brother and the men who were executed in May 1536, and I know it’s a question I will be […]

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 […]

The slut shamed Anne Boleyn by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

| March 6, 2015

The slut shamed Anne Boleyn by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

To celebrate the release of her new book The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters on Kindle, Kyra Cornelius Kramer has written this thought-provoking guest article on Anne Boleyn for us here at The Anne Boleyn Files. I do hope you enjoy it. Over to Kyra… In 1532 a priest […]