20 May 1536 – Henry VIII wastes no time…

Posted By on May 20, 2020

If I could go back in time and give Henry VIII a piece of mind, I would… well, perhaps not. It might not be safe to do that!

The speed of events in May 1536 never fails to shock me, and the speed with which Henry VIII moved on to wife number 3 disgusts me. Whatever his involvement in Anne Boleyn’s fall, to get a dispensation to marry wife number 3 on the very day Anne was executed is unseemly, and then to get betrothed the next day… Well, it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I know that I’m looking at it with my 21st century values, but 16th century people were shocked too. Henry VIII had to reassure Jane that he was taking action regarding a pamphlet that had been published deriding their relationship while Anne was still alive and imprisoned in the Tower, and Chapuys wrote of gossip about the king and Jane. It was just as unseemly to Tudor people.

Here’s my video talk on this day in 1536:

And you can read more about the king and Jane’s relationship in my article here.

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Anne Boleyn novel special offer

Posted By on May 19, 2020

To celebrate the release of her second Anne Boleyn novel and to commemorate the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, Natalia Richard’s The Falcon’s Rise: A Novel of Anne Boleyn is a kindle countdown deal at 99c or 99p from now until 22nd May.

Kindle countdown deals are available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com and you can click here to find Natalia’s book on your country’s Amazon site. If you don’t have a kindle, you can still take advantage of the offer – just download the free kindle app from Amazon. I use it all the time on my PC and tablet, and it works really well.

Book 2, The Falcon’s Flight: A Novel of Anne Boleyn is out today on kindle and in paperback, so you can completely immerse yourself in Anne’s story! I’ve read both, and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I do love how Anne Boleyn is inspiring historians and novelists over 400 years on.

Huge congratulations to Natalia on her new book. Find it here.

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