His Dear Bedfellow – The debate over Harry Percy

| January 28, 2016

His Dear Bedfellow – The debate over Harry Percy

My dear friend, historian and author Gareth Russell, has written an article for Tudor Life magazine which I know will be of real interest to Anne Boleyn Files followers and which you can all read as it’s part of the teaser/taster of the February magazine, available at https://www.tudorsociety.com/tudor-life-february-2016-taster/. Now, most of us are very well […]

9 October 1514 – The Wedding of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor

| October 9, 2015

9 October 1514 – The Wedding of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor

On this day in history, 9th October 1514, fifty-two year-old King Louis of France married eighteen year-old Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII, at Abbeville in France. Here is a primary source account of Mary’s arrival at Abbeville and the wedding written by the Venetian ambassador: “Then followed the Queen, under a white canopy, […]

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 4th 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 […]