13 May 1536 – The Breaking up of the Queen’s Household, and Percy Gets Cross

| May 13, 2014

13 May 1536 – The Breaking up of the Queen’s Household, and Percy Gets Cross

On 13th May 1536, four days before her trial, Queen Anne Boleyn’s royal household at Greenwich Palace was broken up and her servants were discharged. Some of her servants would be back at court in just a few weeks serving the new queen, Jane Seymour. Those who served both Anne and Jane included William Coffin, […]

13 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Household is Broken Up

| May 13, 2013

13 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Household is Broken Up

Anne Boleyn hadn’t even been tried and found guilty yet, but her household was broken up on this day in 1536. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded: “And the morrowe after, beinge Satterdaie, and the thirtenth daie of Maie, Maister Fittes-Williams [Sir William Fitzwilliam], Treasorer of the Kinges howse, and Mr. Controoler [Sir Edward Poynings], deposed and […]

The Heartbreaker: Henry Percy by Karol Freitas

| August 26, 2011

The Heartbreaker: Henry Percy by Karol Freitas

Before I start to talk about one of my favourites characters of Anne Boleyn’s time I want you, dear reader, to take a moment and join me in a deep and emotional travel. Imagine yourself living in the XVI century. You live in England. Imagine you are a 20 years old girl. Your family is […]

13 May 1536 – Cromwell’s Plans for Annulment Dashed by Henry Percy

| May 13, 2011

13 May 1536 – Cromwell’s Plans for Annulment Dashed by Henry Percy

Here at The Anne Boleyn Files we have managed to get our hands on a rather interesting letter written on this very day by Henry Percy, the Earl of Northumberland and a former suitor of Queen Anne Boleyn – yes, we have spies everywhere! Here is a transcript of the letter the Earl wrote to […]

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Seven – The Butler, Chaplain, Courtier and Poet

| November 10, 2010

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Seven – The Butler, Chaplain, Courtier and Poet

In Part Six, I wrote about how the first recorded sighting of Anne Boleyn at the English Court was on the 1st March 1522, at the Château Vert Shrovetide pageant. Contrary to the scene in “The Tudors”, Henry VIII did not fall in love with Anne at this pageant, he was actually having an affair love […]

Interview with Elizabeth Norton

| December 10, 2009

Interview with Elizabeth Norton

Elizabeth Norton is an historian and author whose books include “Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII’s Obsession”, “Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s True Love”, “Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Discarded Bride” and “She Wolves: The Notorious Queens of England”. She is presently working on a book about Catherine Parr. Elizabeth gained her first degree from the University of […]

An Interview with Dr Josephine Wilkinson

| October 26, 2009

An Interview with Dr Josephine Wilkinson

Dr Josephine Wilkinson is an historian and author who has written books on Richard III, Mary Boleyn and Anne Boleyn, and is also one of our guest speakers on The Anne Boleyn Experience 2010 in May. She has recently used primary sources to research Anne Boleyn, for her book “The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn”, […]

The Cardinal and the Concubine

| September 30, 2009

The Cardinal and the Concubine

Over the past few weeks, I have been considering Anne Boleyn’s relationships with those around her and today I want to look at her relationship with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor and right-hand man. Anne Boleyn and the Boleyn faction are often credited with causing Wolsey’s downfall and subsequent death, and many are […]