Posted By Claire on February 19, 2018
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.
Posted By Claire on February 17, 2018
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 this blog is to record and share my journey of discovery, my mission to expose the real Anne Boleyn.” It was a personal mission and I didn’t even consider the fact that other people might find my blog and interact with it!
It’s been quite a journey but my mission hasn’t changed. While I don’t believe that we can ever really “expose the real Anne Boleyn”, I try through my research and writing to challenge views that are based on suspect sources or fiction by pointing people at what the historical sources say. It is an ongoing journey and is quite a rollercoaster at times. I’ve made some wonderful friends on the way, I’ve interacted with Tudor history lovers from all over the world, I’ve visited places I never thought I would, I’ve spoken to historians and authors I’m quite frankly in awe of, I’ve written books and worked with other authors, and I’ve been able to immerse myself in historical sources for the last nine years! I am truly blessed.
Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. Thank you for contributing to this blog with your comments. Thank you for your patience with me when I get on my soapbox and have a bit of a rant. Thank you for bearing with me when I’m busy with a project. Thank you for the encouragement and support that have kept me going. Thank you for being there and caring about the woman who was Anne Boleyn.
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 […]
You can save 50% off all of MedievalCourses.com’s online history courses at the moment, until 15th February 2018, by using coupon code VALENTINE2018 at checkout. Gift certificates are also available so you can buy a course as a Valentine’s Day gift. The offer includes my “The Life of Anne Boleyn” course, Gareth Russell’s “The Six […]