29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn is punished

| June 29, 2017

On this day in history, 29th June 1536, just over a month after the executions of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal. Three days later, the office was granted to Thomas Cromwell, the man who had been […]

7 June 1536 – Celebrations for a new queen

| June 7, 2017

On this day in history, 7th June 1536, there were celebrations for the new queen, Queen Jane. Henry VIII had married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall, Wiltshire, and former lady-in-waiting to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, on 30th May 1536. Their relationship caused a bit of a stir, with Anne Boleyn […]

30 May 1536 – Henry VIII marries his third wife, Jane Seymour

| May 30, 2017

30 May 1536 – Henry VIII marries his third wife, Jane Seymour

On this day in history, 30th May 1536, just eleven days after the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII married for the third time. In the Queen’s Closet at Whitehall Palace, formerly known as York Place, the king married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour of Wulfhall, Wiltshire, and a woman […]

26 May 1536 – Mary hopes for a reconciliation with her father

| May 26, 2017

On this day in history, Friday 26th May 1536, exactly a week after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, her stepmother, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, the Lady Mary, wrote to Thomas Cromwell. Mary wanted Cromwell, the king’s right-hand man, to intercede with her father on her behalf and she wanted permission to write to the […]

How to catch up on Anne Boleyn Day 2017

| May 21, 2017

How to catch up on Anne Boleyn Day 2017

Friday was a busy day for us here at the Anne Boleyn Files as it was our annual Anne Boleyn Day. I like to pay tribute to the life of Queen Anne Boleyn on the anniversary of her execution by bringing us all together with special events like videos, articles and giveaways. This year, I […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

| May 20, 2017

I’ve written about this many times but it still gets to me every time! I still get very cross. On the day after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, his second wife, Henry VIII became betrothed to Jane Seymour, sister of Edward and Thomas Seymour. The dispensation for their marriage had even been issued on […]

The Turbulent Crown: Anne Boleyn’s execution

| May 19, 2017

The Turbulent Crown: Anne Boleyn’s execution

As part of Anne Boleyn Day 2017, our commemoration of Anne Boleyn’s execution on this day in 1536, art historian and author Roland Hui is sharing an excerpt from his book The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens about Anne’s execution. Roland’s publisher, MadeGlobal Publishing, is doing a special giveaway of two hand-painted […]

George Boleyn with Clare Cherry

| May 19, 2017

George Boleyn with Clare Cherry

George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, was executed on 17th May 1536 after being found guilty of high treason. He was charged with committing incest with his sister, Queen Anne Boleyn, and of plotting with her to kill the king. He is remembered for his part in the bloody events of May 1536, but he was far […]