September 1 – Anne Boleyn is elevated to the peerage

| September 1, 2022

September 1 – Anne Boleyn is elevated to the peerage

On this day in Tudor history, 1st September 1532, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was elevated to the peerage in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle. The king made Anne Marquess of Pembroke. This was a hugely significant act because he made Anne a marquess in her own right, granted the […]

July 11 – Pope Clement VII has had all he can take of King Henry VIII!

| July 8, 2022

July 11 – Pope Clement VII has had all he can take of King Henry VIII!

April 28 – Hope for the Lady Mary, the funeral of Elizabeth I, and more…

| April 28, 2022

April 28 – Hope for the Lady Mary, the funeral of Elizabeth I, and more…

Something was definitely going on at the court of Henry VIII by 28th April 1536! Long council meetings, experts consulted, the Lady Mary being given hope for the future… Anne Boleyn was definitely in danger. Find out what the primary sources tell us about what was going on at court… On this day in 1603, […]

April 9 – A queen is demoted and the death of Richard Bertie

| April 9, 2022

April 9 – A queen is demoted and the death of Richard Bertie

On this day in Tudor history, 9th April, Catherine of Aragon, who’d been banished from the royal court after opposing her husband King Henry VIII’s plans to annul their marriage, received a visit from a delegation of the king’s councillors. They were there to inform her that she was no longer queen. Catherine was a […]

Dr Owen Emmerson and Kate McCaffrey will be talking about how Anne created her image

| February 22, 2022

Dr Owen Emmerson and Kate McCaffrey will be talking about how Anne created her image

There are just 3 days until doors close for tickets for my 10-day Anne Boleyn online event! REGISTER TODAY DOORS CLOSE 25th FEBRUARY What made Anne Boleyn the woman she was is what we’re exploring for the ten days of the online “Anne Boleyn, the Woman who Changed England” event, and here are Owen and […]

16 January – Thomas Howard breaks his promise about Mary, Queen of Scots and, Thomas Seymour, a kidnap attempt

| January 10, 2022

On this day in Tudor history, 16th January 1572, Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, eldest son of the late Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, was tried and found guilty of treason at Westminster Hall. Norfolk had promised Queen Elizabeth I that he would not get involved with Mary, Queen of Scots, ever again, but […]

13 November – Robert Packington was shot to death and Lady Jane Grey was tried for treason

| November 13, 2021

13 November – Robert Packington was shot to death and Lady Jane Grey was tried for treason

On this day in Tudor history, 13th November 1536, mercer and member of Parliament Robert Packington (Pakington, Pakyngton) was shot to death by an unknown assailant while he was on his way to mass at St Thomas of Acre Chapel. He was shot with a wheellock pistol. Robert Packington has gone down in history as […]

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – Find out more about the Boleyns

| August 18, 2021

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – Find out more about the Boleyns

Episode 1 of BBC Two’s new three-part series on the Boleyn family – The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – aired on Friday 13th August, and episodes 2 and 3 have already been released on BBC iPlayer. It is a wonderful series and well worth watching because it introduces a very different Boleyn family. Gone are […]