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

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 […]

The Turbulent Crown: Anne Boleyn’s execution

| May 19, 2017

The Turbulent Crown: Anne Boleyn’s execution

As part of Anne Boleyn Day 2017, our commemoration of Anne Boleyn’s execution on this day in 1536, art historian and author Roland Hui is sharing an excerpt from his book The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens about Anne’s execution. Roland’s publisher, MadeGlobal Publishing, is doing a special giveaway of two hand-painted […]

Wendy J Dunn reads from The Light in the Labyrinth

| May 19, 2017

Wendy J Dunn reads from The Light in the Labyrinth

Author Wendy J Dunn reads a chapter from her historical novel The Light in the Labyrinth to us as part of Anne Boleyn Day 2017. It is a wonderful novel telling of Anne Boleyn’s last days through the eyes of her niece. Would you like to win a copy of Wendy’s book? Simply leave a […]

19 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is executed

| May 19, 2017

19 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is executed

On this day in history, 19th May 1536, the feast day of St Dunstan, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London. Here at the Anne Boleyn Files and on our Facebook page, we are commemorating the 481st anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution with a special Anne Boleyn Day of events in association […]

Anne Boleyn Day 2017 – Schedule of events

| May 18, 2017

Anne Boleyn Day 2017 – Schedule of events

It’s that time of year again! Doesn’t time fly? Here at the Anne Boleyn Files, we always pay tribute to Queen Anne Boleyn on the anniversary of her execution, 19th May 1536. While her execution is not something to be celebrated, I do like to commemorate her life by bringing together the Tudor history community, […]