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 […]

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 […]