14 November 1541 – The inventories of the possessions of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford

| November 14, 2017

14 November 1541 – The inventories of the possessions of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford

By 14th November 1541, things were not looking good for Thomas Culpeper, a member of the king’s privy chamber and a man who Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, had claimed “had succeeded him in the Queen’s affections”. It was on this day that an inventory was taken “of the goods and chattels, lands […]

The Destruction of the Boleyn Family

| May 23, 2017

The Destruction of the Boleyn Family

Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat for writing this guest article for us today. Over to Clare… In 1536 five members of the Boleyn family had their lives destroyed, or at the very least fundamentally damaged. Anne and George were put to death on trumped up charges […]

Adrienne Dillard reads an extract from The Raven’s Widow

| May 19, 2017

Adrienne Dillard reads an extract from The Raven’s Widow

As part of our commemoration of the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution on this day in 1536, historical novelist Adrienne Dillard has kindly shared this extract from her best-selling novel The Raven’s Widow: A Novel of Jane Boleyn. Thank you so much to Adrienne for taking the time to read this to us, she’s […]

10 Facts about Jane Boleyn by Adrienne Dillard

| April 4, 2017

10 Facts about Jane Boleyn by Adrienne Dillard

I’m honoured to host my dear friend and fellow MadeGlobal Publishing author, Adrienne Dillard, on the Anne Boleyn Files today. I’ve known Adrienne for a few years now, due to our mutual fascination with the Boleyn and Carey families, and I’m so excited for her about the recent release of The Raven’s Widow: A Novel […]

In the Footsteps of Jane Boleyn

| February 13, 2017

In the Footsteps of Jane Boleyn

To commemorate the anniversary of the execution of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, along with Queen Catherine Howard, and to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Raven’s Widow: A Novel of Jane Boleyn, we have a guest article from the lovely Adrienne Dillard today. Welcome to the Anne Boleyn Files, Adrienne, it’s a real […]

13 February 1542 – Lady Rochford and Queen Catherine Howard died repentant

| February 13, 2017

On this day in history, 13th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard and her lady-in-waiting, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, “died repentaunt” at the executioner’s hands within the confines of the Tower of London. Catherine Howard was the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, having married him on 28th July 1540, and Lady Rochford was the widow […]

11 February 1542 – No hope for Lady Rochford and Catherine Howard

| February 11, 2017

On this day in history, 11th February 1542, the bill of attainder against Queen Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, which had been introduced into the House of Lords on 21st January 1542, received royal assent. According to the bill of attainder, Catherine and Jane were guilty of high treason and could be punished, […]

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is escorted to the Tower

| February 10, 2017

On 10th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard was taken from Syon House, where she’d been kept since November 1541, to the Tower of London in preparation for her execution. Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), who was accused of helping Catherine with her treachery, had been taken to the Tower the previous night, having been nursed back […]