26 May 1536 – Mary hopes for a reconciliation with her father

Posted By on May 26, 2017

On this day in history, Friday 26th May 1536, exactly a week after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, her stepmother, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, the Lady Mary, wrote to Thomas Cromwell. Mary wanted Cromwell, the king’s right-hand man, to intercede with her father on her behalf and she wanted permission to write to the king.

Mary was hoping that her relationship with her father could be mended now that her stepmother was out of the way, as she held Anne Boleyn responsible for her ill-treatment. She was wrong.

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Researching Anne Boleyn for “Falcon’s Rise” by Natalia Richards

Posted By on May 24, 2017

Thank you to author Natalia Richards for sharing this guest article with us today. Natalia is author of Falcon’s Rise: The Early Years of Anne Boleyn, a novel focusing on Anne Boleyn’s very early life and her time at the court of Margaret of Austria. It is clear from this guest article just how much research Natalia put into her book.

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As a museum curator, research has always been a large part of my life, and over the years I have spent many hours poring over documents, (white protective gloves on of course!) sitting in archives and reading rooms researching everything from chamber pots to ceramics. However, I was once advised by a very sage curator at the V&A museum that I must be very, very cautious of what I might read. To remember that ‘it ain’t necessarily so’. And those words have always stuck with me. I must look at everything from all sides and then make a judgement, since the writer often had an agenda depending on who they were writing for!

When it came to writing my novel, I wanted to make my book to be as factual as possible as I love to learn, even from novels. The more accurate the research, I find, the more believable and enjoyable the book. However, actually sitting down to write does not come easily to me as I like to be active – anything but sit still! Weekdays were out as I was working, and Saturday was my chores day, but somehow, miraculously, I managed to sit down and write every Sunday. It was a slow process, laptop on knee, and I would much rather have been out in the sunshine particularly as I then lived very close to the sea and a beautiful beach in the south of England. However, I did find I could lose myself in writing, and it was very therapeutic to put day to day concerns on hold, even for a few hours.

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The Destruction of the Boleyn Family

The Destruction of the Boleyn Family

Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat for writing this guest article for us today. Over to Clare… In 1536 five members of the Boleyn family had their lives destroyed, or at the very least fundamentally damaged. Anne and George were put to death on trumped up charges […]

How to catch up on Anne Boleyn Day 2017

How to catch up on Anne Boleyn Day 2017

Friday was a busy day for us here at the Anne Boleyn Files as it was our annual Anne Boleyn Day. I like to pay tribute to the life of Queen Anne Boleyn on the anniversary of her execution by bringing us all together with special events like videos, articles and giveaways. This year, I […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

I’ve written about this many times but it still gets to me every time! I still get very cross. On the day after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, his second wife, Henry VIII became betrothed to Jane Seymour, sister of Edward and Thomas Seymour. The dispensation for their marriage had even been issued on […]

Adrienne Dillard reads an extract from The Raven’s Widow

Adrienne Dillard reads an extract from The Raven’s Widow

As part of our commemoration of the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution on this day in 1536, historical novelist Adrienne Dillard has kindly shared this extract from her best-selling novel The Raven’s Widow: A Novel of Jane Boleyn. Thank you so much to Adrienne for taking the time to read this to us, she’s […]

60 second history – Anne Boleyn

60 second history – Anne Boleyn

Sixty seconds is such a short time to try and give a biography of a historical person. I so wanted to do justice to Anne, but there was only time to give the bare minimum, just a few facts. If I’d had more time, I would have talked about her faith, her part in the […]

The Turbulent Crown: Anne Boleyn’s execution

The Turbulent Crown: Anne Boleyn’s execution

As part of Anne Boleyn Day 2017, our commemoration of Anne Boleyn’s execution on this day in 1536, art historian and author Roland Hui is sharing an excerpt from his book The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens about Anne’s execution. Roland’s publisher, MadeGlobal Publishing, is doing a special giveaway of two hand-painted […]