What did Anne Boleyn look like and does it really matter?

| February 23, 2015

What did Anne Boleyn look like and does it really matter?

Historian and author Conor Byrne discusses Anne Boleyn’s physical appearance, primary source descriptions of Anne and the controversy over her appearance in an article over on The Tudor Society website. Here’s an excerpt and you can just click on “more” to read the rest of the article. Every aspect of Anne Boleyn’s life is controversial. […]

Update on Nidd Hall Portrait and 1534 Anne Boleyn Medal – The Press articles are not correct

| February 17, 2015

Update on Nidd Hall Portrait and 1534 Anne Boleyn Medal – The Press articles are not correct

I contacted the University of California yesterday regarding the news reports about how a facial recognition program had matched the 1534 Moost Happi Medal and the Nidd Hall portrait, and was very surprised to get an email back from Professor Conrad Rudolph of the Department of the History of Art, project director of FACES, who […]

The Nidd Hall Portrait matches the 1534 Anne Boleyn Medal

| February 16, 2015

The Nidd Hall Portrait matches the 1534 Anne Boleyn Medal

It has always been frustrating to me that the only contemporary likeness we have on Anne Boleyn is the Moost Happi medal which was struck in 1534 and which is now housed at the British Museum. There is controversy over all the other images said to be of Anne because they are all so different […]

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 […]

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Podcast

| December 13, 2012

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Podcast

Thank you so much to Denise Hansen for letting me know about the wonderful podcast, “Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: clothing, courtship and consequences” by Professor Maria Hayward, the historian who compiled “The Great Wardrobe Accounts of Henry VII and Henry VIII”. Click here to listen to it or download it. There is a collection […]

The Reconstruction of The Moost Happi Medal by Lucy Churchill

| November 29, 2012

The Reconstruction of The Moost Happi Medal by Lucy Churchill

I’ve just listed Lucy Churchill’s amazing Anne Boleyn Moost Happi Medal on The Anne Boleyn Files shop, so I thought it would be good for Lucy to explain how this beautiful replica came to be made. Over to Lucy… The original Moost Happi medal is a single issue lead prototype of what is believed to […]

The John Hoskins Miniature of Anne Boleyn

| February 22, 2012

The John Hoskins Miniature of Anne Boleyn

As today is the anniversary of the death of miniaturist John Hoskins in 1665, I thought it was only right to share with you his beautiful miniature of Anne Boleyn. This miniature, although painted in the 17th century, is said to have been based on “an ancient original” and Anne Boleyn’s biographer, historian Eric Ives, […]

The Holbein Sketch – Is it Anne Boleyn?

| December 15, 2011

The Holbein Sketch – Is it Anne Boleyn?

Bendor Grosvenor, historian and art dealer, has just published an interesting article on his Art History News blog entitled Anne Boleyn regains her head in which he discusses research he and David Starkey carried out a few years ago on the Holbein drawing inscribed “Anna Bollein Queen”. He has actually reproduced the article he wrote […]