Mary I – An Underappreciated Queen

Posted By 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.


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Happy Birthday to the Anne Boleyn Files and thank you!

Posted By 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.



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