30 November – Cross Ladies and a Golden Speech

| November 30, 2016

On this day in history, 30th November 1529, St Andrew’s Day, the two women in King Henry VIII’s life got rather cross with him. Queen Catherine of Aragon, who was still Henry’s wife at this time, confronted the king regarding his treatment of her, which she said was causing her “the pains of Purgatory on […]

Imagining the Butterflies of the Alhambra – Wendy J. Dunn

| November 28, 2016

Imagining the Butterflies of the Alhambra – Wendy J. Dunn

A big welcome to historical novelist Wendy J. Dunn who is joining us today on the first stop of her book tour for Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters, Book 1 in Katherine of Aragon Story. It’s a wonderful book. MadeGlobal Publishing is offering a paperback copy to one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower. […]

6 November – A meeting, a procession and an abandoned queen

| November 6, 2016

6th November was quite a busy day in Tudor history! We have Mary Tudor’s entry into Paris, following her coronation on this day in 1514; we have the first meeting of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, on this day in 1501; and then we have Henry VIII abandoning Catherine Howard at Hampton Court Palace […]

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon leaves her native Spain

| September 27, 2016

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon leaves her native Spain

On this day in history, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon of the 27th September 1501, Catherine of Aragon set sail for England from Laredo in Spain to marry Henry VII’s son and heir to the throne, Prince Arthur. Catherine had originally set sail from Coruna on the 17th August, but strong storms in the […]

Falling Pomegranate Seeds – A Katherine of Aragon novel is available now!

| August 20, 2016

Falling Pomegranate Seeds – A Katherine of Aragon novel is available now!

I know many of you will join me in congratulating historical novelist Wendy J. Dunn on the release today of her book Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters, which is Book 1 in the Katherine of Aragon story. Wendy is someone I’ve got to know through running the Anne Boleyn Files and she is […]

31 January 1510 – A stillbirth for Queen Catherine of Aragon

| January 31, 2016

31 January 1510 – A stillbirth for Queen Catherine of Aragon

On this day in history, 31 January 1510, Queen Catherine of Aragon went into premature labour and gave birth to a still-born daughter. Her confessor, Fray Diego, reported that the birth had occurred “without any other pain except that one knee pained her the night before.” Read more…

Catherine of Aragon – Right to fight?

| January 29, 2016

Catherine of Aragon – Right to fight?

Today is the anniversary of Catherine of Aragon’s burial at Peterborough Abbey in 1536, so I just wanted to pose a question: “Was Catherine of Aragon right in fighting for her marriage and not accepting the annulment?” I’d love to hear your views on this so please do leave a comment. Allow me first to […]

29 January 1536 – A miscarriage and a burial

| January 29, 2016

29 January 1536 – A miscarriage and a burial

On 29th January 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”.1 As well as being a huge blow for both Anne and the king, this miscarriage was to have devastating consequences for Anne, her brother, some of their friends and Anne’s daughter, Elizabeth. […]