23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

| March 23, 2015

23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

On the very same day that the Pope pronounced sentence on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, ruling in Catherine’s favour and pronouncing it valid, Parliament in England passed the First Act of Succession declaring the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and recognising the rights of their issue to inherit the […]

21 March 1556 – The Burning of Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 21, 2015

21 March 1556 – The Burning of Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury

Every year on 21st March, I spare a thought (or actually quite a few!) for Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, who was burnt at the stake on 21st March 1556 at Oxford. He has gone down in history as one of the Oxford Martyrs, along with […]

Henry VIII’s Last Love Blog Tour Day 7 and Giveaway – Sanctuary in Poland

| March 15, 2015

Henry VIII’s Last Love Blog Tour Day 7 and Giveaway – Sanctuary in Poland

Today I am honoured to be the final stop on David Baldwin’s blog tour for his book Henry VIII’s Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady-in-Waiting to the Tudors. Amberley Publishing is also offering one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower a copy of David’s book too – see further down for details. Over […]

Giveaway – God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

| March 5, 2015

Giveaway – God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

World Book Day seems a fitting day for the release of the UK paperback edition of God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs. I reviewed the hardback edition back in May 2014 and said “This is the best history book I’ve read in the last few months. I just can’t say […]

11 February 1531 – Henry VIII becomes Supreme Head of the English Church.

| February 11, 2015

11 February 1531 – Henry VIII becomes Supreme Head of the English Church.

On this day in history, 11 February 1531, Convocation granted Henry VIII the title of “singular protector, supreme lord, and even, so far as the law of Christ allows, supreme head of the English church and clergy”, and it was George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Anne Boleyn, who played a prominent role in […]

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Final Day – Life in Exile

| January 25, 2015

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Final Day – Life in Exile

For the final day of the virtual book tour for her book Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, Adrienne is visiting The Tudor Society with a guest article about what life in exile was like for people like Catherine Carey and her husband Francis Knollys in the reign of Mary I. Click here to […]

Christmas Day – What Anne Boleyn would have read

| December 25, 2014

Christmas Day – What Anne Boleyn would have read

During Advent I have been sharing readings from French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ book Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an (Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year) because this was a work that Anne Boleyn owned and read. Anne was given a beautiful illuminated manuscript of Lefèvre’s […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

| December 21, 2014

The Fourth Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

If you’ve read my previous three Sunday articles, you’ll know that I have been sharing readings from French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ book Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an, or “Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year”. Anne Boleyn owned an illuminated manuscript of Lefèvre’s work, a […]