To Justify or Not to Justify, That is the Theory

| April 28, 2017

To Justify or Not to Justify, That is the Theory

Thank you to Clare Cherry for writing this guest article for us today. I know Clare is very concerned about how some theories and myths crop up so regularly that they are taken as facts, and yet many of them have very little basis. Goodness knows how many times I’ve had to correct the idea […]

George Cavendish and George Boleyn

| February 17, 2017

George Cavendish and George Boleyn

Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat for writing this guest post on George Cavendish and his poetry, Metrical Visions, which has been used by some historians and authors to paint a rather black picture of George Boleyn. If you don’t know, George Cavendish was Cardinal Thomas Wolsey’s […]

Did Mark Smeaton father Anne Boleyn’s baby?

| November 11, 2016

Yes, that is the question that I find myself answering today. I’ve never actually had someone ask me that or even argue about it with me, but while I was researching Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s 1535 royal progress I came across an article that put forward the theory that Mark Smeaton fathered the baby […]

Correcting the myths

| August 11, 2016

Correcting the myths

Last week, I published a guest article, Fact, by Clare Cherry in which she talked about the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. The article received lots of comments and I also received a fair few emails about it. One Anne Boleyn Files follower asked me “but why are these “notions” not […]

Fact? by Clare Cherry

| August 3, 2016

Fact? by Clare Cherry

Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, discusses the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. There are many ‘known’ ‘facts’ which aren’t actually facts at all. A lot of what we think we know comes from urban myth, old wives tales, mistake, assumption, exaggeration, etc. etc. There are […]

The slut shamed Anne Boleyn by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

| March 6, 2015

The slut shamed Anne Boleyn by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

To celebrate the release of her new book The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters on Kindle, Kyra Cornelius Kramer has written this thought-provoking guest article on Anne Boleyn for us here at The Anne Boleyn Files. I do hope you enjoy it. Over to Kyra… In 1532 a priest […]

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

| February 2, 2015

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

If you haven’t read Hilary Mantel’s novels, don’t know the history surrounding the farce “Cardinal Wolsely going down to Hell” and haven’t watched episode 2 of Wolf Hall, then you might not want to read this article – SPOILERS! Last week’s episode of “Wolf Hall” closed with Cardinal Wolsey’s death and Cromwell watching a performance […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

| January 29, 2015

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

On 29 January 1536, tragedy struck King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage, losing “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. This miscarriage was a huge blow for the couple, who desperately wanted and needed a son, but it also had devastating consequences for Anne because it […]