Mysticism and Medicine in Tudor England and Book Giveaway

| May 20, 2015

Mysticism and Medicine in Tudor England and Book Giveaway

As part of the blog/book tour for her latest novel Phoenix Rising: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, Hunter is here again on The Anne Boleyn Files to share a guest article with us – welcome Hunter! MadeGlobal Publishing is also offering one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower the chance to win a copy of Hunter’s […]

Anne Boleyn’s head was not put on a spike

| May 19, 2015

Anne Boleyn’s head was not put on a spike

Thank you to Jen for inspiring this post. She emailed me yesterday with the question “Was Anne Boleyn’s head put on a spike” and it’s one that I’m often asked about Anne Boleyn and also her brother and the men who were executed in May 1536, and I know it’s a question I will be […]

Tudor Medicine and Magic by Hunter S. Jones

| May 13, 2015

Tudor Medicine and Magic by Hunter S. Jones

A big welcome to Hunter S. Jones who is celebrating the forthcoming launch of her novel Phoenix Rising: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by visiting is today with a guest article on Tudor medicine and magic. Over to Hunter… The medical arts were vastly different in the Tudor era than they are today. There was […]

Tudor cats

| April 3, 2015

Tudor cats

Thank you for all the kind words regarding the death of my elderly cat Poppy, they mean such a lot to me. Beth von Staats reminded me that Cardinal Wolsey had a cat so I thought I’d write a quick post on Tudor cats, based on a talk I did on Tudor pets for the […]

Good Friday – How was it remembered in Tudor times?

| April 3, 2015

Good Friday – How was it remembered in Tudor times?

On Good Friday in the sixteenth century, people would attend a church ceremony known as “Creeping to the Cross”. Jesus Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, and what it meant, were commemorated by the clergy getting down on their hands and knees and creeping up to a crucifix held up before the altar. This “creeping” would culminate […]

Maundy Thursday

| April 2, 2015

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday, the feast day that commemorates the Last Supper, that final meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples before his arrest, so I just wanted to share with you some articles I have written on the topic: Maundy Thursday Anne Boleyn and Maundy Thursday 2 April – On this day in […]

25 March – Lady Day

| March 25, 2015

25 March – Lady Day

The Tudor tradition of Lady Day keeps Tudor historians and researchers on their toes, and causes confusion when dating events which happened between 1st January and 24th March. “Why?”, you may ask. Well, because in Tudor times the new calendar year did not start on 1st January, it started on 25th March, Lady Day or […]

Shrove Tuesday

| February 17, 2015

Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as some people call it, and it’s one of the three days which make up Shrovetide: Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday. You can read all about Lent and Shrovetide, plus get a Tudor recipe for pancakes, in my article Lent, Shrovetide, Shrove Sunday, Collop Monday and […]