Posted By Claire on February 18, 2017
Thank you to historian and author Conor Byrne for writing this article to commemorate the anniversary of Mary I’s birth on this day in 1516.
Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, was born at Greenwich Palace on 18 February 1516. Last year marked the five hundredth anniversary of her birth, and a collection of essays was published by Palgrave Macmillan, entitled “The Birth of a Queen”. This collection is the latest in a series of works reappraising England’s first queen regnant. Judith Richards, Anna Whitelock and Linda Porter have produced sympathetic and sound biographies of Mary, while an impressive range of sources, both textual and material, have been drawn on in academic studies to improve and develop our understanding of this much-maligned figure. In 1516, although it would have been anticipated that the baby Mary would one day be a queen, perhaps as the wife of a French or Spanish king, it would not have been expected that she would actually rule in her own right as queen regnant. Yet that is exactly what she did, following in the footsteps of her celebrated maternal grandmother, Isabella of Castile.
Posted By Claire on February 17, 2017
Dear Anne Boleyn Files follower,
I can’t quite believe that it’s been 8 years since I wrote my very first post here on the Anne Boleyn Files blog! What a journey it’s been!
It’s been a wonderful eight years and I’ve made so many friends on the way. I’ve also gone from amateur blogger to author – something which I’ve wanted to be since the age of 11! – and from researching Tudor history in my spare time to being a full-time researcher and writer. I still have to pinch myself!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you Anne Boleyn Files followers for your constant support. There have been many times when I’ve felt like giving up on the whole thing, but you’ve kept me going with your feedback and encouragement. Thank you also to my fellow authors, researchers and historians for your advice and encouragement. Also big thank you to my family for allowing me to surround myself with books, for coping with me immersing myself in the 16th century and for listening to my occasional (ok, perhaps more than occasional!) historical ranting!
And finally a big thank you to Anne Boleyn for existing and for being so fascinating. I never tire of your story.
The Anne Boleyn Files only still exists on this day in 2017 because of you, dear reader. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat for writing this guest post on George Cavendish and his poetry, Metrical Visions, which has been used by some historians and authors to paint a rather black picture of George Boleyn. If you don’t know, George Cavendish was Cardinal Thomas Wolsey’s […]
Just a quick post for all of our wonderful site visitors with an announcement about TheAnneBoleynFiles website … you may have noticed that we have just gone “Secure”. What do you need to know about a secure SSL site? SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a standard security technology used to establish a secure, encrypted […]
Today is Valentine’s Day, the traditional day of romance. You can read all about Valentine’s Day itself in an article I wrote for the Tudor Society – click here – but here at the Anne Boleyn Files I want to ask you for your thoughts on Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. I want to ask […]
To commemorate the anniversary of the execution of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, along with Queen Catherine Howard, and to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Raven’s Widow: A Novel of Jane Boleyn, we have a guest article from the lovely Adrienne Dillard today. Welcome to the Anne Boleyn Files, Adrienne, it’s a real […]
On this day in history, 13th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard and her lady-in-waiting, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, “died repentaunt” at the executioner’s hands within the confines of the Tower of London. Catherine Howard was the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, having married him on 28th July 1540, and Lady Rochford was the widow […]
On this day in history, 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were executed. Guildford was beheaded on Tower Hill and Jane was beheaded withing the walls of the Tower of London. Jane was just sixteen years old and Guildford was around 18/19 years old. Here are links to read more […]