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 […]

Anne Boleyn’s Background and Birth

| July 15, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Background and Birth

I’m kicking off our series about Anne Boleyn’s life with a look at her background and birth… Anne Boleyn was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn and Elizabeth Howard, who had married in around 1499. Her mother Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey and later, from 1514, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. The […]

Mary Boleyn: A Reassessment by Conor Byrne

| June 26, 2014

Mary Boleyn: A Reassessment by Conor Byrne

Today we have a guest post from Conor Byrne, history student, historical blogger and author of an upcoming biography of Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife. Here, Conor takes a look at Mary Boleyn… Few Tudor women have been as misrepresented and fictionalised as Mary Boleyn, sister of Henry VIII’s second wife Anne. Few had […]

1st March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

| March 1, 2014

1st March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

On the evening of Shrove Tuesday, 1st March 1522, Anne Boleyn played the part of Perseverance at the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France. Edward Hall records the pageant in his chronicle: “On shrouetewesdaie at night, thesaid Cardinall to the kyng […]

Margaret of Austria

| January 10, 2014

Margaret of Austria

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Margaret of Austria, Princess of Asturias, Duchess of Savoy and daughter of Maximilian of Austria and Mary of Burgundy, on 10th January 1480. You may be wondering why I’m mentioning Margaret here on The Anne Boleyn Files. Well, while Margaret was Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands the […]

13 October 1499 – Birth of Queen Claude of France

| October 13, 2013

13 October 1499 – Birth of Queen Claude of France

On 13th October 1499, Claude of France, wife of Francis I, was born in Romorantin-Lanthenay. She was the eldest daughter of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany. Salic law prevented Claude from acceding to the throne of France on the death of her father in January 1515, but her husband and cousin, Francis, […]

Anne Boleyn’s Norfolk

| May 2, 2013

Anne Boleyn’s Norfolk

Just a quick post to alert you to an article that historian Elizabeth Norton has written for Suffolk Norfolk Life Magazine on “Anne Boleyn’s Norfolk”. The article can be read online click here. It’s on pages 54 and 55.

Anne Boleyn, Margaret of Austria and Queen Claude

| November 13, 2012

Anne Boleyn, Margaret of Austria and Queen Claude

Since a new book by Sylwia Zupanec1 is claiming that there is new evidence to prove that “Anne Boleyn simply could not have had served Margaret of Austria [or] the Queen Claude”, and I’ve been asked my thoughts on it, I wanted to share why I believe that Anne did serve them and what evidence […]