Anne Boleyn, Mother of Elizabeth I

| March 30, 2014

Anne Boleyn, Mother of Elizabeth I

As it is Mothering Sunday in the UK, I wanted to share with you snippets from my chapter “Anne Boleyn the Mother” from The Anne Boleyn Collection II. The chapter goes into detail on the rituals and traditions associated with pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times, but today I want to concentrate on what we […]

Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History – Rundown

| February 21, 2014

Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History – Rundown

I know that many of you were unable to watch last night’s programme, Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History, so I took notes for you. My TV did go wrong a couple of times, so I missed a few minutes – sorry! The programme opened with Anne Boleyn preparing herself for her execution […]

The Spitefully Ambitious Anne Boleyn

| January 14, 2014

The Spitefully Ambitious Anne Boleyn

Earlier today, Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn, drew attention on her Facebook wall to a review of the RSC stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.1 The review by Morning Star includes the comment “Lydia Leonard’s spitefully ambitious Anne Boleyn – a wife who one feels […]

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St Anne and Anne Boleyn

| December 8, 2013

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St Anne and Anne Boleyn

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church, which dates back to the 7th century when Eastern churches began celebrating the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That is the origin of the feast, but the feast day as we know it today in the West dates back to around the […]

Me, Edmond Bapst and George Boleyn – Am I mad?

| November 4, 2013

Me, Edmond Bapst and George Boleyn – Am I mad?

As many of you will know, I have just published an English translation I commissioned of Edmond Bapst’s 19th century French biography of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey: Deux Gentilhommes-Poètes de la Cour de Henry VIII. I want to take this opportunity to explain why I commissioned this project, particularly […]

My Novel “Betrayal” – Guest Post by Author Michele Kallio

| October 29, 2013

My Novel “Betrayal” – Guest Post by Author Michele Kallio

Today we have a guest article from Michele Kallio, author of Betrayal, which is a novel featuring Anne Boleyn. I am a seeker of truths. I have never been a person to take anything on face value. When I took a creative writing course many years ago, I wrote a short story in which a […]

Was Anne Boleyn Nice?

| October 21, 2013

Was Anne Boleyn Nice?

My old English literature teacher would be appalled by that question, not because she had any strong opinion about Anne but because she hated the word “nice” with a vengeance. She viewed it as weak and inadequate, a word that just didn’t describe anything properly. However, this question is one I get asked on a […]

The Other Boleyn Girl Effect

| June 3, 2013

The Other Boleyn Girl Effect

As you probably know, British TV channel BBC2 has been rather Tudor themed recently, airing some wonderful documentaries about Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VII, but what you may not know is that Saturday night (1st June) was a major Tudor ‘fest’. It started with A Tudor Feast at Christmas, then we had Henry […]