20 July 1524 – Queen Claude of France dies

| July 20, 2015

20 July 1524 – Queen Claude of France dies

On 20th July 1524, Queen Claude of France, wife of Francis I, died at Blois at the age of just twenty-four. She was temporarily laid to rest in the chapel there, but then moved to the royal abbey of Saint-Denis just outside Paris in 1527. At Easter, Tim and I visited Saint-Denis and I was […]

29 June 1537 – Death of Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland

| June 29, 2015

29 June 1537 – Death of Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland

On 29th June 1537, Henry Algernon Percy died at around the age of thirty-five. He was buried at Hackney Parish Church, and his will appointed the King as Supervisor and Edward Fox, Bishop of Hereford, and Thomas Cromwell as executors. Henry Percy was the eldest son of Henry Algernon Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland, and […]

Anne Boleyn’s Love Life prior to Henry VIII: Henry Percy and Thomas Wyatt

| September 19, 2014

Before Anne Boleyn became romantically involved with Henry VIII, her name was linked to two courtiers: Henry Percy, son of the Earl of Northumberland and a member of Cardinal Wolsey’s household, and Thomas Wyatt the Elder, the famous Tudor poet. I want to share with you today two videos I did as sample “Claire Chats” […]

The Negotiations for Anne Boleyn to marry James Butler

| September 2, 2014

The Negotiations for Anne Boleyn to marry James Butler

In today’s part of my series on Anne Boleyn’s life, I’m going to examine the negotiations which aimed to marry Anne Boleyn off to James Butler, son of Sir Piers Butler, and to settle the dispute over the title of Earl of Ormond. This article is based on a chapter of my book The Anne […]

Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance – March 1522

| August 22, 2014

Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance – March 1522

The next part in my Anne Boleyn’s Life series… As I mentioned in my article Anne Boleyn and the French Court 1514-1521, Anne Boleyn was recalled from France in late 1521. We don’t know when she arrived back in England or when she arrived at Henry VIII’s court, but she was there by 1st March […]

Anne Boleyn and the French Court 1514-1521

| August 14, 2014

Anne Boleyn and the French Court 1514-1521

In the fifth article of my “Anne Boleyn’s Life” series, I’m going to look at Anne’s time in France… Anne Boleyn had left her home of Hever Castle in Kent to travel to Margaret of Austria’s court in Mechelen (in present day Belgium) in the summer of 1513. It is not known how long her […]

Anne Boleyn’s Education and her time at Margaret of Austria’s Court

| August 8, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Education and her time at Margaret of Austria’s Court

We don’t know anything about Anne Boleyn’s first few years. She wasn’t a royal princess so her early childhood and education are not documented in any way, but we know from the woman and queen that she became that her humanist father ensured she had the best education a Tudor girl could hope for. Anne […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part One – The Boleyns

| July 24, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part One – The Boleyns

In the second part of my series on Anne Boleyn’s life, I want to take a look at her family and extended family. I’m going to give some brief bios of some of the people she was related to with links to where you can find out more about them. Apologies for some repetition from […]