30 May 1536 – Tudor king marries third wife soon after dispatching second wife

| May 30, 2018

30 May 1536 – Tudor king marries third wife soon after dispatching second wife

This “on this day in history” event always makes me see red! Yes, just eleven days after his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, was executed at the Tower of London on trumped up charges – I think most people would agree with me on that – King Henry VIII married for the third time. The […]

26 April 1536 – The queen meets with her chaplain

| April 26, 2018

According to Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury in Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, it was on or around this date (six days before Anne’s arrest) that he met with Queen Anne Boleyn. He was serving as one of her chaplains at the time. According to Parker, she spoke words to him that day that made him […]

25 April 1536 – Henry VIII is in hope of a son

| April 25, 2018

OnOn 24th April 1536, Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor, had set up two commissions of oyer and terminer, commissions that would be used to try four of the men accused of sleeping with Queen Anne Boleyn and conspiring to kill the king with her. Yet, on 25th April 1536, King Henry VIII wrote letters to his […]

Lord Chancellor Audley and the commissions of oyer and terminer of 1536

| April 24, 2018

On this day in history, 24th April 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer, one for the county of Middlesex and the other for Kent. These commissions were used to investigate and prosecute serious crimes, including treason. On 10th May 1536, the Grand Jury of […]

My book is number 2!

| January 9, 2018

My book is number 2!

It wouldn’t be quite right to say that I’m incredibly humbled by this – or perhaps I was but it didn’t last long – because here I am bragging about it and exploding with happiness and pride. Why? Because Lil from the Lil’s Vintage World YouTube channel, a book reviewer, has chosen my book The […]

How to catch up on Anne Boleyn Day 2017

| May 21, 2017

How to catch up on Anne Boleyn Day 2017

Friday was a busy day for us here at the Anne Boleyn Files as it was our annual Anne Boleyn Day. I like to pay tribute to the life of Queen Anne Boleyn on the anniversary of her execution by bringing us all together with special events like videos, articles and giveaways. This year, I […]

George Boleyn with Clare Cherry

| May 19, 2017

George Boleyn with Clare Cherry

George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, was executed on 17th May 1536 after being found guilty of high treason. He was charged with committing incest with his sister, Queen Anne Boleyn, and of plotting with her to kill the king. He is remembered for his part in the bloody events of May 1536, but he was far […]

Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn – A video

| May 19, 2017

Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn – A video

As part of Anne Boleyn Day 2017, a commemoration of the anniversary of the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn on 19th May 1536, I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk about Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, Earl and Countess of Wiltshire, who lost a son and a daughter in the blood events of May […]