Did Mark Smeaton father Anne Boleyn’s baby?

| November 11, 2016

Yes, that is the question that I find myself answering today. I’ve never actually had someone ask me that or even argue about it with me, but while I was researching Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s 1535 royal progress I came across an article that put forward the theory that Mark Smeaton fathered the baby […]

Correcting the myths

| August 11, 2016

Correcting the myths

Last week, I published a guest article, Fact, by Clare Cherry in which she talked about the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. The article received lots of comments and I also received a fair few emails about it. One Anne Boleyn Files follower asked me “but why are these “notions” not […]

Tudor Places of Great Britain – Tall Tales, Ghost Stories and a Giveaway

| November 30, 2015

Tudor Places of Great Britain – Tall Tales, Ghost Stories and a Giveaway

My book tour for my latest book, Tudor Places of Great Britain, kicks off today with a stop at Nerdalicious where I share with you some of the tall tales and ghosts I read about while researching my book. From Anne Boleyn’s ghost(s) to huge black dogs, from the Holy Grail to phantom bears, you […]

O death, rock me asleep video

| September 28, 2015

O death, rock me asleep video

Thank you to Jane Moulder, the Tudor Society’s music expert and a member of the Renaissance music group Piva, for letting me know about this beautiful performance of “O death, rock me asleep”, a lament which some say that Anne Boleyn wrote while she was in the Tower of London. There is, however, as historian […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

| January 29, 2015

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

On 29 January 1536, tragedy struck King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage, losing “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. This miscarriage was a huge blow for the couple, who desperately wanted and needed a son, but it also had devastating consequences for Anne because it […]

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 […]