Was Anne Boleyn a homewrecker?

| March 7, 2019

Was Anne Boleyn a homewrecker?

In 1533, King Henry VIII married his sweetheart Anne Boleyn, the woman he’d been pursuing for at least six years, and then had his marriage to his wife of nearly 24 years annulled – yes, he did it that way round! Some fiction would lead us to believe that this was all Anne Boleyn’s fault. […]

Did Anne Boleyn have any pets?

| March 1, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn have any pets?

In my latest “Questions about Anne Boleyn” video, I am answering the question “Did Anne Boleyn have any pets?”. In an age when exotic pets like monkeys were popular with royalty, what animals did Queen Anne Boleyn keep and what do we know about them? I look at what the contemporary sources tell us about […]

Anne Boleyn Q&A replay

| February 26, 2019

Anne Boleyn Q&A replay

On Saturday 23rd February 2019, I did a live Q&A session on Anne Boleyn via the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel. This was an opportunity for Anne Boleyn Files followers and my channel viewers to ask questions about Anne Boleyn and her family. It was good fun and there were some excellent […]

What did Anne Boleyn look like?

| February 22, 2019

What did Anne Boleyn look like?

I have just published the latest instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series on the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel. This one answers the question “What did Anne Boleyn look like?”. In my video talk, I look at Nicholas Sander’s description of her from 1585 and then look at how Anne […]

Did Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn commit incest?

| February 18, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn commit incest?

Yes, time for another question about Anne Boleyn! You lords and ladies are keeping me very busy. I thought I’d better not include the word “incest” on YouTube as it might attract the wrong kind of viewers and subscribers, or bring down the wrath of the YouTube gods on me, so I’ve used “unnatural relationship” […]

Jane Boleyn – Did she help bring down Anne Boleyn?

| February 13, 2019

Jane Boleyn – Did she help bring down Anne Boleyn?

Today is the anniversary of the execution of Jane Boleyn (née Parker), Lady Rochford, on 13th February 1542. She was executed at the Tower of London with her mistress, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII. The two women had been found guilty of high treason by an act of attainder, Catherine for her […]

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 […]

Anne Boleyn Questions – Who was Mary Boleyn?

| February 4, 2019

Anne Boleyn Questions – Who was Mary Boleyn?

Not a week goes by without me receiving at least one question about Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, so I thought it would be good to cover her in my video series on ‘questions about Anne Boleyn’, even though she isn’t Anne! Mary Boleyn is such a popular historical character, but are our ideas […]