Did Mark Smeaton father Anne Boleyn’s baby?

| November 11, 2016

Yes, that is the question that I find myself answering today. I’ve never actually had someone ask me that or even argue about it with me, but while I was researching Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s 1535 royal progress I came across an article that put forward the theory that Mark Smeaton fathered the baby […]

11 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are Calais bound

| October 11, 2016

11 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are Calais bound

On this day in history, 11 October 1532, at just before dawn, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Dover in the King’s ship The Swallow. Their destination was Calais and the purpose of their trip was to gain King Francis I of France’s support for their relationship and their quest […]

9 October 1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, gets married

| October 9, 2016

9 October 1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, gets married

On this day in history, 9th October 1514, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and daughter of the late Henry VII, married fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville in France. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded Mary’s entry into Abbeville on 8th October and then the marriage on 9th: “[…she was with great […]

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII at Whitehall

| May 19, 2016

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII at Whitehall

Philip Roberts, author of the forthcoming Whitehall Palace in a Nutshell, has joined us today for Anne Boleyn Day 2016 to talk about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace. Do head over to www.madeglobal.com/3286/philip-roberts-anne-henry-whitehall/ to enter the giveaway for a copy of Phil’s new book. Don’t worry if you’ve only just got up […]

The Tudor London Anne Boleyn would have known

| May 19, 2016

The Tudor London Anne Boleyn would have known

My dear friend Natalie Grueninger, co-author of In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII and In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn has done this wonderful talk for us on the London that Anne Boleyn would have known. Make sure you head over to www.madeglobal.com/3277/natalie-grueninger-glimpse-tudor-london/ to enter the giveaway for the winner’s choice […]

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

| March 17, 2016

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all those in Ireland or with Irish ancestry, or to anyone who celebrates the feast day of St Patrick. Have a wonderful day! 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 […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn in masking apparel

| October 27, 2015

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn in masking apparel

On 25th October 1532, Henry VIII and Francis I, King of France, arrived at Calais, which was English territory at the time to continue their talks and to meet with Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, Henry’s queen-in-waiting. After his arrival in Calais, Francis sent Anne Boleyn a diamond via the Provost of Paris, but Anne […]

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 […]