21 August 1535 – Acton Court welcomes Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| August 21, 2015

21 August 1535 – Acton Court welcomes Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On 21st August 1535, Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn visited Acton Court, in Iron Acton, south Gloucestershire, as part of their progress to the south-west. Acton Court was the home of Sir Nicholas Poyntz, a man who was known for his support of religious reform. In preparation for the royal visit, Poyntz […]

32 Londoners: Anne Boleyn commemorated on the London Eye – 11 June

| June 1, 2015

32 Londoners: Anne Boleyn commemorated on the London Eye – 11 June

One of the curators behind 32 Londoners of the London Eye has contacted to let me know that Anne Boleyn has been chosen as one of their iconic 32 Londoners in 2015. Historian Tracy Borman, who is also Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, will be talking about Anne Boleyn on 11th June and pointing […]

Happy St Patrick’s Day

| March 17, 2015

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all those in Ireland or with Irish blood! I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating. To celebrate, here are some articles about the Boleyns’ links to Ireland: The Clonony Boleyn Girls Anne Boleyn’s Irish Roots – Lady Margaret Butler and the Butlers of Kilkenny Castle The Negotiations for […]

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Nicholas Poyntz

| August 21, 2014

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Nicholas Poyntz

As part of their summer progress to the south-west of England, on 21st August 1535 King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn visited courtier Nicholas Poyntz at his home, Acton Court, in south Gloucestershire.The progress also included a stay with the Walsh Family at Little Sodbury Manor on 23rd August. This royal progress was not […]

20 July 1524 – Death of Queen Claude of France

| July 20, 2014

20 July 1524 – Death of Queen Claude of France

On this day in history, 20th July 1524, Queen Claude of France, consort of Francis I, died at the age of just twenty-four. She died at Blois and was temporarily laid to rest in the chapel there, but then moved to the royal abbey of St Denis just outside Paris in 1527. Brantôme declared that […]

Tudor Calendar Photography Competition 2014 Results

| July 4, 2014

Tudor Calendar Photography Competition 2014 Results

Our judges have finally picked the winners of our Tudor Calendar Photography Competition 2014. We received 135 entries in total so it was hard work for the judges, but they managed to whittle the entries down to 62 after the first round of judging and then a final shortlist of 16. There were persuasive arguments […]

Hever Castle and Anne Boleyn – Guest Post by Katherine Longhi

| June 11, 2014

Hever Castle and Anne Boleyn – Guest Post by Katherine Longhi

Katherine Longhi is the author of Hever Castle and Anne Boleyn, a tour guide of Hever Castle with a focus on Anne’s life and legacy. Here’s a blog post that she’s written for us sharing her favourite rooms in Hever Castle. If you like this post, there’s even the chance to purchase the book at […]

Top 3 Places to Stay Where Anne Boleyn Stayed

| March 11, 2014

Top 3 Places to Stay Where Anne Boleyn Stayed

It’s wonderful to visit historic places linked to Anne Boleyn, but I know from experience that there’s nothing quite like actually staying in one and it is possible to do. Here are my top three picks for accommodation linked to Anne Boleyn. Have you stayed in one? Do share your experience in the comments section […]