The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

| May 27, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

A big thank you to Olga Hughes, editor of Nerdalicious and regular contributor to Tudor Life magazine, for writing this wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn. There is something distinctly discomfiting about Henry VIII’s judicial murder of his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. It is not only the terrible tragedy that befell her at […]

From the Tudor Royals to “A Royal Night Out”… by Emma Connell

| May 19, 2015

From the Tudor Royals to “A Royal Night Out”… by Emma Connell

Today, on the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution in 1536, we have a guest post from actress Emma Connell. I was honoured to see Emma play Anne Boleyn in the play “Fallen in Love: The Secret Heart of Anne Boleyn” at the Tower of London on 19th May 2013. Emma was perfect as Anne and […]

Wolf Hall – A Guide to Characters and Events

| April 5, 2015

Wolf Hall – A Guide to Characters and Events

Wolf Hall starts tonight in the US on PBS Masterpiece so over the next few weeks I’m going to be publishing some articles on the real historical characters and events featured in the TV series and the books by Hilary Mantel that it’s adapted from. But, for now you can read more about some of […]

The slut shamed Anne Boleyn by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

| March 6, 2015

The slut shamed Anne Boleyn by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

To celebrate the release of her new book The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters on Kindle, Kyra Cornelius Kramer has written this thought-provoking guest article on Anne Boleyn for us here at The Anne Boleyn Files. I do hope you enjoy it. Over to Kyra… In 1532 a priest […]

The Nidd Hall Portrait matches the 1534 Anne Boleyn Medal

| February 16, 2015

The Nidd Hall Portrait matches the 1534 Anne Boleyn Medal

It has always been frustrating to me that the only contemporary likeness we have on Anne Boleyn is the Moost Happi medal which was struck in 1534 and which is now housed at the British Museum. There is controversy over all the other images said to be of Anne because they are all so different […]

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

| February 2, 2015

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

If you haven’t read Hilary Mantel’s novels, don’t know the history surrounding the farce “Cardinal Wolsely going down to Hell” and haven’t watched episode 2 of Wolf Hall, then you might not want to read this article – SPOILERS! Last week’s episode of “Wolf Hall” closed with Cardinal Wolsey’s death and Cromwell watching a performance […]

8 January 1536 – Joyful Yellow and Triumphant Parading

| January 8, 2015

8 January 1536 – Joyful Yellow and Triumphant Parading

I’ve written about this subject before but I received so many questions about it yesterday that I thought I’d write another article on the wearing of yellow after Catherine of Aragon’s death and ‘who wore what when’. As I mentioned yesterday, on 7th January 1536 Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton […]

Henry XXVIII and Anne Boleyn by Dr Josepha Josephine Wilkinson

| December 19, 2014

Henry XXVIII and Anne Boleyn by Dr Josepha Josephine Wilkinson

Thank you so much to author and historian Dr Josepha Josephine Wilkinson, author of The Princes in the Tower, Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII’s Favourite Mistress and Anne Boleyn: The Young Queen to Be, for sharing this article with us today. And we haven’t made a typo, it really is Henry XXVIII! […]