Anne Boleyn – The Boleyn Family’s Meal Ticket?

| October 9, 2014

Anne Boleyn – The Boleyn Family’s Meal Ticket?

This article was inspired by lots of comments I received on The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page yesterday after I posted a link to Suzannah Lipscomb’s article 2013 BBC History Magazine article Why did Anne Boleyn have to die and a link to my article Why I think Henry VIII was Responsible for anne Boleyn’s […]

New Series of Anne Boleyn Posts

| July 14, 2014

New Series of Anne Boleyn Posts

Recently I’ve written lots of articles on Tudor events, Henry VIII and his wives, and various Tudor personalities, but as this site is called The Anne Boleyn Files I thought it was time to get back to Anne Boleyn. Obviously, I’ve written lots on Anne before, both on here and in my books, but it’s […]

1st March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

| March 1, 2014

1st March 1522 – Anne Boleyn Plays Perseverance

On the evening of Shrove Tuesday, 1st March 1522, Anne Boleyn played the part of Perseverance at the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France. Edward Hall records the pageant in his chronicle: “On shrouetewesdaie at night, thesaid Cardinall to the kyng […]

The Spitefully Ambitious Anne Boleyn

| January 14, 2014

The Spitefully Ambitious Anne Boleyn

Earlier today, Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn, drew attention on her Facebook wall to a review of the RSC stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.1 The review by Morning Star includes the comment “Lydia Leonard’s spitefully ambitious Anne Boleyn – a wife who one feels […]

8 January 1536 – The King was clad all over in yellow

| January 8, 2014

8 January 1536 – The King was clad all over in yellow

According to Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, on Sunday 8th January, the day after Catherine of Aragon’s death, Henry VIII “was clad all over in yellow, from top to toe, except the white feather he had in his bonnet” and he paraded the two-year old Princess Elizabeth to mass “with trumpets and other great triumphs”.1 […]

5 January 1531 – The Pope Forbids Henry VIII to Remarry

| January 5, 2014

5 January 1531 – The Pope Forbids Henry VIII to Remarry

On this day in history, 5th January 1531, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VIII forbidding him to remarry, and threatening him with excommunication if he took matters into his own hands and disobeyed Rome: “At the request of the Queen, forbids Henry to remarry until the decision of the case, and declares that if […]

Boleyn or Bullen – The Spelling of Boleyn and the Myth that Anne Boleyn Changed It

| November 27, 2013

Boleyn or Bullen – The Spelling of Boleyn and the Myth that Anne Boleyn Changed It

It has been claimed, on various occasions, that Anne Boleyn ‘frenchified’ her name by changing it from ‘Bullen’ to ‘Boleyn’, making it less common and more ‘upmarket’ – “Anne Boleyn” versus “Nan Bullen”. This is a myth, however, and is actually to do with the fact that there was no standardized spelling in England at […]

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Acton Court

| August 21, 2013

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Acton Court

On this day in history, 21st August 1535, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visited Nicholas Poyntz at his home, Acton Court, in South Gloucestershire, as part of their summer progress to the south-west of England. The progress also included a stay with the Walsh Family at Little Sobdury Manor. You can read more about […]