Welcome to the Anne Boleyn Files – Find Anne Boleyn Resources

Posted By on November 23, 2022

The NPG Portrait of Anne Boleyn

The famous NPG portrait

I’ve been posting on the Anne Boleyn Files since February 2009, so there are many thousands of posts on here and an incredible amount of information on Anne Boleyn, her life, times as queen and her fall in 1536, as well as lots of information about Tudor times and other Tudor characters.

Sometimes, with such a busy site, it can be hard to find things, although you can use the search box and look at the categories, so I thought I’d highlight some Anne Boleyn resources for you.

Anne Boleyn Primary Sources

You may not be able to visit the British Library or National Archives, or even get to the UK, but did you know that lots of contemporary accounts, letters, ambassadors’ dispatches and chronicles have been transcribed and digitised?

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Everyday Life in Medieval London from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors by Toni Mount

Posted By on September 24, 2023

Ignore the back cover blurb on Everyday Life in Medieval London from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors, which makes it sound like a book which examines history trivia questions like “How should you use an owl to cure gout?” etc., this is not that kind of book at all. Such questions are answered, but within a book which is a detailed history of the city of London from AD 400 to 1500.

History teacher Toni Mount knows her stuff and, more importantly, knows how to convey her knowledge in an interesting way, bringing history to life. Everyone should have a history teacher like her. I have a tendency to turn down corners of pages in books – sacrilege I know – so that I can go back to them later, either for research reasons or because there’s one of those golden nuggets that I want to share with my husband and kids. Well, by page 172 of this book, I had turned down 19 corners – so many interesting facts!

I thoroughly enjoyed Toni Mount’s book. Although the focus is on London, the reader gets to learn about medieval life in general – religion (from paganism to the acceptance of Christianity), financial aspects such as taxation, disease and health, shopping, food (brewing ale etc.), the religious calendar, sports, laws, fashion and clothing, books and printing… all sorts. Although I’ve read books on medieval life before – I love social history – they didn’t go into as much detail as this and Mount has done extensive research, referencing all the primary sources she used in her chapter notes. One of my favourite parts of the book is the section of “The Real Dick Whittington”. Dick Whittington is one of those characters from childhood fairytales and pantomimes, the boy who left country life to make his fortune in London, with its streets paved with gold. Mount tells us about the real Dick Whittington, Richard Whittington who left rural Gloucestershire and rose to become a wealthy mercer in London, with one of his best customers being Henry IV. Whittington became Lord Mayor of London and was a popular man who was known as just and a helper of the poor. He didn’t squander his wealth, he gave back to London and its citizens. I found it fascinating that the money he gave to the Bridge Wardens of Rochester in Kent is still paying for the upkeep of Rochester Bridge today, 600 years later – what a legacy and impact!

Everyday Life in Medieval London from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors by Toni Mount is the perfect book for anyone interested in the medieval era, and particularly its social history, and the detailed notes and bibliography mean that readers can check things for themselves or do further research. It would also be a fantastic book for teachers who want to bring the period to life for their students, and for historical novelists depicting this period in their books.

I can’t say enough good things about this book and I hope that Toni Mount will write more. Her skill is conveying a huge amount of detail in a readable way. It was never a chore to read this book, I loved it.

Book Details

Our capital city has always been a thriving and colourful place, full of diverse and determined individuals developing trade and finance, exchanging gossip and doing business. Abandoned by the Romans, rebuilt by the Saxons, occupied by the Vikings and reconstructed by the Normans, London would become the largest trade and financial centre, dominating the world in later centuries. London has always been a brilliant, vibrant and eclectic place Henry V was given a triumphal procession there after his return from Agincourt and the Lord Mayor s river pageant was an annual medieval spectacular. William the Conqueror built the Tower, Thomas Becket was born in Cheapside, Wat Tyler led the peasants in revolt across London Bridge and Chaucer s Canterbury Tales was the first book produced on Caxton s new printing press in Westminster. But beneath the colour and pageantry lay dirt, discomfort and disease, the daily grind for ordinary folk. Like us, they had family problems, work worries, health concerns and wondered about the weather.

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Amberley Publishing (6 Mar 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 144561541X
ISBN-13: 978-1445615417
ASIN US: B00L3PILMU (This is my affiliate link for Amazon.com and I may receive a small payment if you buy the book through this link).

Available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and your usual bookstore.


Originally posted on July 4, 2014.

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Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

I found Elizabeth Fremantle’s first book The Queen’s Gambit a riveting read so I was looking forward to diving into Sisters of Treason. I enjoyed Fremantle’s first novel but this one was even better and I found it hard to put down. Sisters of Treason was inspired by Leanda de Lisle’s non-fiction book The Sisters Who Would be Queen, which […]

#FridayFun – Six Wives Places Crossword Puzzle

#FridayFun – Six Wives Places Crossword Puzzle

For this week’s #FridayFun, I thought I’d test your knowledge of places linked to Henry VIII’s six wives with this crossword puzzle.

How much do you know about places linked to Henry VIII’s six queens consort?

Find out with this fun crossword puzzle.

#WednesdayFact – Elizabeth Boleyn acted as a chaperone for Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

#WednesdayFact – Elizabeth Boleyn acted as a chaperone for Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

Did you know that Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard), Anne Boleyn’s mother, acted as a chaperone when the king was courting her daughter?

It’s true.

We know from the records that Elizabeth accompanied the king and Anne on their 1529 visit to inspect York Place, which the king had taken from Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, and that she also lived there with Anne before Anne became queen.

The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

The tagline of The May Bride is “Marrying the King was Jane Seymour’s destiny and her revenge” which leads readers to believe that this novel will be about Jane Seymour’s marriage to Henry VIII – wrong! The novel is actually about Katherine Filiol’s marriage to Jane Seymour’s brother Edward and Jane’s friendship with Katherine. The story is […]

Early Bird Offer for A Very Tudor Christmas Online Event!

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Sorry to mention the ‘C word’ already, but I wanted to tell you about my new online event, A Very Tudor Christmas, which I’m so excited about! I love Christmas and I love history, so I’m combining these two passions in a six-day online event which will run from 30th November to 5th December 2023. […]

#PortraitTuesday – Henry VIII’s first interview with Anne Boleyn

#PortraitTuesday – Henry VIII’s first interview with Anne Boleyn

Today’s #PortraitTuesday treat is a 19th century painting by Irish artist Daniel Maclise (1806-1870).

The oil painting is called “Henry VIII’s first interview with Anne Boleyn” and it was painted in 1835.

Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill

Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill

I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Clinard Barnhill’s last Tudor novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, and so jumped at the chance of reviewing Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I. Don’t worry, the novel doesn’t claim that Elizabeth had a daughter, it’s actually about her ward Mary Shelton. Mary Shelton was a real person. She was […]