The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: The Family Man

| May 4, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: The Family Man

Our ‘Real Wolf Hall’ series of articles continues today with a wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell the family man by Teri Fitzgerald – thank you Teri! “Judging by the reactions to the BBC’s six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, the contest over the legacies of More and Cromwell is […]

28 December – Childermas

| December 28, 2014

28 December – Childermas

Today is Childermas (Children’s Mass) or Holy Innocents’ Day and it was part of the Twelve Days of Christmas celebrated in the Tudor period. This feast day commemorates the massacre of the baby boys which King Herod ordered in Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill the infant Jesus Christ. The innocent babies were seen by […]

2015 Anne Boleyn Files Tudor Places Calendar Now Available

| August 11, 2014

2015 Anne Boleyn Files Tudor Places Calendar Now Available

The Anne Boleyn Files 2015 Tudor Places Calendar is now available to purchase on Lulu.com! It’s $11.99 (US shop price) and can be shipped worldwide. Click here to order now The calendar measures 11 inches by 17 inches when open, it is spiral bound in the middle and is printed on gloss stock. It features […]

29 June 1509 – Death of Margaret Beaufort, the Tudor matriarch

| June 29, 2014

29 June 1509 – Death of Margaret Beaufort, the Tudor matriarch

On this day in 1509, Lady Margaret Beaufort, grandmother of Henry VIII, mother of the late Henry VII and a woman known as the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty, died at Cheyneygates, the Abbot of Westminter’s house. Margaret died just four days after enjoying the coronation celebrations of her grandson Henry VIII, and Henry Parker, […]

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 21, 2014

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

Today I will be remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was burned at the stake on 21st March 1556 after being found guilty of heresy and treason. Martyrologist John Foxe recorded his execution in his Book of Martyrs: “With thoughts intent upon a far higher object than the empty threats of man, he reached […]

Mary Tudor, Queen of France – Factfile

| March 18, 2014

Mary Tudor, Queen of France – Factfile

As today is the anniversary of Mary Tudor, Queen of France’s birth, I thought it would be good to make a Mary Tudor ‘factfile’. I’ve written quite a few articles on Mary so it’s good to do something different. Motto La volenté De Dieu me suffit (The will of God is sufficient for me) Date […]

Tudors = Fascinating

| February 21, 2014

Tudors = Fascinating

As it’s Friday, and I definitely need something light-hearted after this rather tiring week, here’s an article written by a regular visitor to The Anne Boleyn Files. A bit of fun… Why is there such an enduring interest in the Tudors? We had the Plantagenets and the House of York, and later we had the […]

Elizabeth of York – 11 February 1466 to 11 February 1503

| February 11, 2014

Elizabeth of York – 11 February 1466 to 11 February 1503

On 11th February 1466, Elizabeth Woodville, wife of King Edward IV, gave birth to the couple’s first child at Westminster Palace. The baby girl was baptised in St Stephen’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, with the Earl of Warwick standing as godfather and her grandmothers, the Duchesses of York and Bedford, standing as godmothers. The little […]