Claire is interviewed on Times Radio about Anne Boleyn’s execution

| May 19, 2022

Claire is interviewed on Times Radio about Anne Boleyn’s execution

I was interviewed bright and early this morning for the “on this day in history” segment of the “Aasmah Mir and Stig Abell with Times Radio Breakfast” show. You can listen to the replay at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/radio/show/20220519-11330/2022-05-19 and you’ll need to go to 55.30 to listen to my bit. I hope you enjoy it!

Anne Boleyn and the Swordsman of Calais by Mickey Mayhew

| April 20, 2022

Anne Boleyn and the Swordsman of Calais by Mickey Mayhew

Thank you so much to Mickey Mayhew for sharing this chapter from his latest book House of Tudor – A grisly history with us today. You can buy the book on Amazon UK at https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1399011049/, Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/House-Tudor-History-Mickey-Mayhew/dp/1399011049/, or your usual bookstore. Over to Mickey… Anne Boleyn was executed on 19 May 1536, in the […]

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 […]