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A couple of years ago, I made a video as one of my “Claire Chats” weekly talks for the Tudor Society on Holy Trinity Church. I had just been to visit this church, specifically to visit the resting places of William Shakespeare, his wife Anne Hathaway, his daughter Susannah and other members of the family. It’s a lovely church and well worth a visit.
I’ll be visiting there again (yay!) when Philippa and I lead the Discover the Tudors tour in September and I’m so looking forward to going home (I grew up 12 miles from Stratford). If you’d like to join us on the tour then you can find out more at https://www.britishhistorytours.com/history-tours/discover-the-tudors. We’re visiting 12 historic venues!
But for now, here is the talk I did and photos that Tim and I took.
Mondays come round all too quickly don’t they?! If you have that awful Monday feeling then this photo may just bring a smile to your face.
Anne Boleyn Files follower Mark Gladwell ran the Hampton Court Half Marathon yesterday and he had a running vest printed especially for it with the logo “Team Boleyn 1533” on the front and Anne Boleyn’s falcon crest on the back. Then, when his race number came through he couldn’t believe his luck! Just look at the photo, isn’t it funny?!
Congratulations to Mark, not only on running the half-marathon but also on breaking his personal best.
As I looked at my diary this morning, it suddenly dawned on me that it was on this day in 2009 that I wrote the very first post on this blog. The post’s title was “In Search of Anne Boleyn” and it explained my purpose in starting The Anne Boleyn Files: “My purpose in starting […]
Something which came up on my Facebook feed this morning because it was shared on several Tudor history pages was the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. being criticised for their “major mistake”. The Queen Catherine Parr Facebook page shared a photo from the gallery’s Facebook page and stated that the “portrait of Catherine […]
On this day in history, Monday 13th February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife and queen of King Henry VIII, and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, were executed at the Tower of London after being found guilty of treason by attainder. An eye-witness, London merchant Otwell Johnson recorded that the two women “made the moost […]
On Sunday 12th February 1542, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was informed that she should “dispose her soul and prepare for death, for she was to be beheaded next day”. Clergyman Dr John White, later Bishop of Lincoln then Winchester, visited Catherine to hear her last confession. Catherine “confessed the miscarriages of her former […]
On this day in history, 11th February 1542, the bill of attainder against Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford “received the king’s assent, given in absentia by letters patent”. The bill had been introduced into Parliament on 21st January 1542 and you can read the full bill in my article […]
On this day in history, on the night of 9th February 1542, four days before her execution, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was rowed to the Tower of London. While her mistress, Catherine Howard, was confined at Syon, Jane had been residing at the home of Sir John Russell, Lord Admiral, on the Strand. Jane had […]