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 […]

18 March 1496 – Birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France at Richmond Palace

| March 18, 2015

18 March 1496 – Birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France at Richmond Palace

On this day in 1496, Henry VIII’s beloved sister, Princess Mary Tudor, was born at Richmond Palace. She was the youngest of Henry VII’s and Elizabeth of York’s children to survive infancy, and was sister to Prince Arthur, Princess Margaret and Prince Henry. Mary was renowned for her beauty, being described as “a Paradise – […]

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 […]

In Celebration of International Women’s Day

| March 8, 2015

In Celebration of International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I wanted to draw attention to some articles on this site about Henry VIII’s wives and some other high-profile women of the Tudor period. Catherine of Aragon – The Boring One? Anne Boleyn – The Mysterious and Maligned One Jane Seymour – The Meek and Mild One? Anne of Cleves […]

Wolf Hall – The Real Cast

| March 4, 2015

Wolf Hall – The Real Cast

I’ve been receiving lots of questions about the historical personalities featured in the recent BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies so I’m currently working on some special articles on some of these characters, helped by Clare Cherry, Olga Hughes, Teri Fitzgerald and Beth von Staats. These articles will […]

11 February – Elizabeth of York’s Birth and Death

| February 11, 2015

11 February – Elizabeth of York’s Birth and Death

11 February is the date of both the birth and death of Elizabeth of York, consort of King Henry VII. Elizabeth was born on this day in 1466 and she died on this day in 1503. Elizabeth was the eldest child of King Edward IV and his consort Elizabeth Woodville and was born on 11 […]

7 February 1478 – Birth of Sir Thomas More

| February 7, 2015

7 February 1478 – Birth of Sir Thomas More

This day in history, 7 February 1478 (some say 1477), is the traditional birthdate of Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, in Milk Street, Cheapside, London. He was the son of Sir John More, lawyer and judge on the King’s Bench, and Agnes Graunger, daughter of Thomas Graunger, a Merchant of the Staple of […]

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII at Pembroke Castle

| January 28, 2015

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII at Pembroke Castle

On 28th January 1457, thirteen year-old Margaret Beaufort gave birth to a son at Pembroke Castle, West Wales. The infant was named Henry after his half-uncle Henry VI. Henry’s father Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, had died from the plague three months earlier (while imprisoned by Yorkists) so his mother had been taken in […]