Were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard pawns of their families

| November 7, 2020

In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I consider whether Anne Boleyn and her cousin, Catherine Howard, were pawns of their families and whether the Boleyns and Howards deserve to be blamed for their subsequent executions. Did Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, and Elizabeth’s brother, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, force […]

Did Anne Boleyn survive and is there a new King of England?

| June 19, 2020

I can’t quite believe that I’m even handling these two questions, but this is 2020 after all! Yes, my inbox, my Messenger box and my YouTube channel are full of emails regarding a ‘theory’ (see how polite I’m being there!) that Anne Boleyn survived her execution and that a man is claiming to be descended […]

The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

| October 3, 2019

The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

In this latest instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series, I look at Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, which was also turned into a movie and adapted for television. “The Other Boleyn Girl” has brought Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn’s stories to life for many people, and provoked an interest in […]

Did Anne Boleyn steal Henry Carey from Mary Boleyn?

| August 26, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn steal Henry Carey from Mary Boleyn?

You might have been wondering where I am. Well, I’m still here, but we’re having technical issues with the site after a server upgrade. We’re working hard to resume normal service though. Last week, I did another of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” videos. It’s a subject I’ve handled before, but it’s one I keep […]

Boleyn or Bullen – What was Anne Boleyn’s real name?

| July 5, 2019

Boleyn or Bullen – What was Anne Boleyn’s real name?

I’ve just published my latest “Questions about Anne Boleyn” video over on the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel. It’s a topic that I’ve handled before, here on the Anne Boleyn Files website, but I just had to talk about it again after receiving that message. In the video, I answer the question […]

Was Anne Boleyn a wicked stepmother?

| June 18, 2019

Was Anne Boleyn a wicked stepmother?

In today’s instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series, I consider the relationship between Anne Boleyn and her stepdaughter, Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Anne Boleyn is often blamed for the ill-treatment Mary received in the 1530s, being painted as a wicked stepmother, so I look at how Mary […]

Was Anne Boleyn sent abroad because of her scandalous behaviour?

| April 4, 2019

Was Anne Boleyn sent abroad because of her scandalous behaviour?

Yes, you read that right! The question that I am answering in the latest video of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series is “Was Anne Boleyn sent abroad because of her scandalous behaviour?” In my video, I explain what provoked people to send me emails asking me this question, where the idea that Anne Boleyn […]

Anne Boleyn Questions – Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers?

| February 11, 2019

Anne Boleyn Questions – Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers?

The question “Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers?” always makes me smile, although I know that the asker means six fingers on one hand! The idea that Anne Boleyn had an extra finger is so prevalent. I see it coming up all the time on social media and it also appears in historical novels, as […]