60 second history – Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2017

60 second history – Anne Boleyn

Sixty seconds is such a short time to try and give a biography of a historical person. I so wanted to do justice to Anne, but there was only time to give the bare minimum, just a few facts. If I’d had more time, I would have talked about her faith, her part in the […]

Anne Boleyn and the Lady in the Garter image: The Arguments

| May 4, 2017

Anne Boleyn and the Lady in the Garter image: The Arguments

Phew! It’s been an exciting few days! My scheduled work has gone out of the window and I’ve been debating a 16th-century image and doing research related to it. Schedule be gone! This is much more exciting! If you’ve missed it all, this story all started on Tuesday 25th April when art historian and author […]

An update on Anne Boleyn and the Lady of the Garter image

| May 3, 2017

An update on Anne Boleyn and the Lady of the Garter image

You may remember that last week I shared an article by art historian and author Roland Hui regarding an image from The Black Book of the Garter attributed to Lucas Horenbout, which Roland Hui believed might well be Anne Boleyn. Roland made the following points: The Black Book was created in 1534, while Henry VIII […]

Another contemporary image of Anne Boleyn?

| April 26, 2017

Thank you to art historian Roland Hui for letting me know about an article he has just written on his blog. The article is about an image in the Black Book of the Garter, a beautiful illumination of a queen consort presiding over a meeting of the Order of the Garter. As Roland says, in […]

12 April 1533 – A spectacle at Greenwich Palace

| April 12, 2017

On this day in history, Saturday 12th April, Easter eve, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, attended mass in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. This was her first public appearance since her husband had informed his council that Anne was to be accorded royal honours, and Anne went all out to show the court […]

11 April 1533 – Royal honours for Anne Boleyn

| April 11, 2017

On this day in history, 11th April 1533, Good Friday, King Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise his second wife, Anne Boleyn, as his rightful wife and queen, and to accord her royal honours. While the king was ordering his council to do this, his new Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was working on […]

23 March 1534 – The Pope versus Henry VIII

| March 23, 2017

23 March 1534 – The Pope versus Henry VIII

On this day in history, 23rd March 1534, Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon “always hath stood, and still doth stand, firm and canonical […] and that the aforesaid Henry king of England is and shall be bound and obstrict to the matrimonial society and cohabitation with […]

Rose Lok’s Tale by Lissa Chapman

| March 9, 2017

Rose Lok’s Tale by Lissa Chapman

Thank you to Lissa Chapman, author of Anne Boleyn in London, for sharing this guest article with us today. Rose Lok lived to be a very old lady. For a Londoner born in the reign of Henry VIII, to attain the age of eighty-six was in itself an extraordinary achievement. And Rose lived an extraordinary […]