Replay of Anne Boleyn’s Fall and Execution talk and Q&A session with Claire Ridgway

| May 20, 2021

Replay of Anne Boleyn’s Fall and Execution talk and Q&A session with Claire Ridgway

To commemorate the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution, I did a live talk and Q&A session yesterday on the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube Channel. It went really well and there were lots of excellent questions, so if you missed it then please do catch up with this replay: Please do subscribe to […]

Anne Boleyn’s Execution Speech on 19th May 1536 – What did she say?

| May 19, 2021

Anne Boleyn’s Execution Speech on 19th May 1536 – What did she say?

On 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed for high treason at the Tower of London. As was customary, Anne addressed the crowd and she kept to the usual execution speech format: An acknowledgement of the spectators’ presence. An acknowledgement that she had been condemned to death by the law. A confession of her […]

19 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is beheaded at the Tower of London

| May 19, 2021

19 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is beheaded at the Tower of London

Today is the anniversary of the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, on 19th May 1536. Anne was beheaded within the Tower of London confines by a swordsman ordered from Calais. There were just seventeen days between her arrest and execution. In this video, I explain exactly what happened on this day […]

Questions about Anne Boleyn’s Execution

| August 9, 2020

Questions about Anne Boleyn’s Execution

In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I answer questions that I’m regularly asked about Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, which took place 19th May 1536. What were the charges against Anne Boleyn? When was Anne Boleyn executed? Where was Anne Boleyn executed? Who was at Anne Boleyn’s execution? Which ladies attended […]

These bloody days have broken my heart

| May 19, 2020

These bloody days have broken my heart

Today, I will be raising a glass to Queen Anne Boleyn, who was executed on the morning of 19th May 1536, and also to all those caught up in those awful days in May 1536. Poet and diplomat Thomas Wyatt the Elder was friends with a few of those who lost their lives that May, […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: The end

| May 19, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: The end

It’s the 19th May and we’ve come to the day Queen Anne Boleyn’s life ended at the hands of the Swordsman of Calais, but really at the hands of her husband, King Henry VIII. ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’ was executed by beheading on a newly built scaffold within the confines of the Tower of […]

19 May 1536 – The end of Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2018

19 May 1536 – The end of Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, Friday 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was beheaded by a swordsman within the confines of the Tower of London. Anne had been queen for just over three years when she was arrested on 2nd May 1536 at […]

Adrienne Dillard reads an extract from The Raven’s Widow

| May 19, 2017

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 […]