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The Clonony Boleyn Girls

| March 17, 2014

The Clonony Boleyn Girls

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day I tend to write about Anne Boleyn’s links to Ireland, but today I’m going to focus on the legend that links George Boleyn to Clonony Castle in County Offaly, Ireland, a castle that was built by the MacCoghlan clan in the early 1500s. The following article is based on part […]

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, What they Did and Didn’t Say

| February 13, 2014

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, What they Did and Didn’t Say

Today marks the anniversary of the executions of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, one of Catherine’s ladies. The two women had been found guilty of treason by bill of attainder, Catherine for not having a “pure and honest living before her marriage” and wanting “to return to her […]

Boleyn or Bullen – The Spelling of Boleyn and the Myth that Anne Boleyn Changed It

| November 27, 2013

Boleyn or Bullen – The Spelling of Boleyn and the Myth that Anne Boleyn Changed It

It has been claimed, on various occasions, that Anne Boleyn ‘frenchified’ her name by changing it from ‘Bullen’ to ‘Boleyn’, making it less common and more ‘upmarket’ – “Anne Boleyn” versus “Nan Bullen”. This is a myth, however, and is actually to do with the fact that there was no standardized spelling in England at […]

Live Halloween Social Media Tour of the Tower of London

| October 31, 2013

Live Halloween Social Media Tour of the Tower of London

Tonight between 8 and 9pm London time (GMT), Yeoman Warder Phil Wilson is going to be leading a LIVE social media tour of the Tower of London’s historic haunted hotspots on the Tower of London’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Here is the blurb from the Historic Royal Palaces website: This Halloween, join Beefeater Phil […]

Did Anne Boleyn Have a Stepmother?

| June 20, 2013

Did Anne Boleyn Have a Stepmother?

I’m writing this article to banish the myth that Anne Boleyn had a stepmother because, for some reason, I have received three emails in the past two weeks all asking me about Elizabeth Boleyn’s apparent death in 1512. All three emails referred to novels which give Anne a stepmother, for example Jean Plaidy’s “Lady in […]

Was Elizabeth I a Man?

| June 10, 2013

Was Elizabeth I a Man?

Last Friday The Daily Mail published an article with the title “Is this proof the Virgin Queen was an imposter in drag? Shocking new theory about Elizabeth I unearthed in historic manuscripts”. The article was about “a controversial new book” by Steve Berry who believes that when Elizabeth I told the troops at Tilbury that […]

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the Marmalade Cupboard and Dead Men’s Shoes

| April 29, 2013

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the Marmalade Cupboard and Dead Men’s Shoes

It sounds like a weird game of Cluedo doesn’t it? Well, the spring of 1536 was a bit like a game of cluedo or a crime novels, lots of twists and turns, and alleged dirty deeds. According to Anne Boleyn, in a conversation she had with Mrs Stoner in the Tower, she had a run-in […]

The Incest Question by Clare Cherry

| March 15, 2013

The Incest Question by Clare Cherry

Today we have a guest article from Clare Cherry who has been researching the Boleyns, in particular George Boleyn, for many years. Thanks Clare! Why do so many people still accept the incest allegation against Anne and George Boleyn as being true? Come to that, why do so many people believe the other allegations against […]