Day 2 of Anne Boleyn, the Woman behind the Myths – Anne Boleyn: Pawn or Predator

| December 14, 2021

Day 2 of Anne Boleyn, the Woman behind the Myths – Anne Boleyn: Pawn or Predator

It’s Day 2 of my special online event Anne Boleyn, the Woman behind the myths! I’m going LIVE simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube today at 11pm GMT/ 6pm EST/ 3pm PST The topic is “Anne Boleyn – Pawn or Predator?” In this live talk, I’ll examine the two opposing views of Anne Boleyn that seem […]

Talking Tudors – Anne Boleyn’s Execution & Final Resting Place with Claire Ridgway

| May 19, 2020

Talking Tudors – Anne Boleyn’s Execution & Final Resting Place with Claire Ridgway

Thank you so much to Natalie Grueninger for inviting me to take part in her “All Things Boleyn” series of podcasts for Talking Tudors. Natalie is a dear friend and my favourite subject is Anne Boleyn, so I very much enjoyed this interview – some great questions. The interview is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, […]

The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

| October 3, 2019

The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

In this latest instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series, I look at Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, which was also turned into a movie and adapted for television. “The Other Boleyn Girl” has brought Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn’s stories to life for many people, and provoked an interest in […]

Did Mark Smeaton father Anne Boleyn’s baby?

| November 11, 2016

Did Mark Smeaton father Anne Boleyn’s baby?

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 […]

Tudor Places of Great Britain – Tall Tales, Ghost Stories and a Giveaway

| November 30, 2015

Tudor Places of Great Britain – Tall Tales, Ghost Stories and a Giveaway

My book tour for my latest book, Tudor Places of Great Britain, kicks off today with a stop at Nerdalicious where I share with you some of the tall tales and ghosts I read about while researching my book. From Anne Boleyn’s ghost(s) to huge black dogs, from the Holy Grail to phantom bears, you […]

O death, rock me asleep video

| September 28, 2015

O death, rock me asleep video

Thank you to Jane Moulder, the Tudor Society’s music expert and a member of the Renaissance music group Piva, for letting me know about this beautiful performance of “O death, rock me asleep”, a lament which some say that Anne Boleyn wrote while she was in the Tower of London. There is, however, as historian […]

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 […]