June 22 – Thomas Boleyn becomes a Knight of the Bath, and Mary Boleyn is widowed

| June 22, 2022

June 22 – Thomas Boleyn becomes a Knight of the Bath, and Mary Boleyn is widowed

On the night of 22nd June 1509, during the celebrations for the forthcoming coronation of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, the king rewarded twenty-six men for their loyal service to the crown by making them Knights of the Bath. One of these men was Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, the woman […]

Claire and Owen talk about The Boleyns of Hever Castle

| May 4, 2022

Claire and Owen talk about The Boleyns of Hever Castle

To celebrate our book The Boleyns of Hever Castle being a number 1 bestseller again on Amazon and being an Amazon Kindle offer on Amazon UK at 99p for the month of May, Owen and I decided to do an interview for Anne Boleyn Files followers because, after all, it’s through this website that we […]

April 7 – Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn, and Robert Aske, rebel leader

| April 7, 2022

April 7 – Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn, and Robert Aske, rebel leader

What do Elizabeth Boleyn and rebel leader Robert Aske have in common, you may ask? Well, the date of 7th April! On 7th April 1538, Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard), Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, was laid to rest at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth. And a year earlier, on 7th April 1537, Robert Aske and Thomas […]

The Boleyns in Who Do You Think You Are?

| October 13, 2021

The Boleyns in Who Do You Think You Are?

It was wonderful to see my dear friend and co-author, Dr Owen Emmerson (Hever’s historian and assistant curator) and some familiar faces such as Anna Whitelock, Tracy Borman, Elizabeth Goldring and Nicola Tallis, featured in last night’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”, along with my happy place (Hever Castle), and other wonderful places such […]

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – Find out more about the Boleyns

| August 18, 2021

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – Find out more about the Boleyns

Episode 1 of BBC Two’s new three-part series on the Boleyn family – The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family – aired on Friday 13th August, and episodes 2 and 3 have already been released on BBC iPlayer. It is a wonderful series and well worth watching because it introduces a very different Boleyn family. Gone are […]

YouTube Live Q&A on the Boleyn Family this Sunday – 11 July

| July 8, 2021

YouTube Live Q&A on the Boleyn Family this Sunday – 11 July

To celebrate the forthcoming release of “The Boleyns of Hever Castle”, which I have co-written with Dr Owen Emmerson of Hever Castle, I’m doing a YouTube Live Q&A session this Sunday (11th July) to answer your questions on the Boleyn family, the family of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, and his mistress, Mary […]

Coming soon – The Boleyns of Hever Castle – New book!

| May 19, 2021

Coming soon – The Boleyns of Hever Castle – New book!

Dr Owen Emmerson and I are excited to announce the release date of our forthcoming book, The Boleyns of Hever Castle! It has been a wonderful project to work on together and we are thrilled with the resulting book, which will be released as a coffee-table style book and e-book on 1st August 2021. Find […]

The Fogge Family of Ashford: Family Connections to the Tudor Dynasty via the Boleyns, Woodvilles and Parrs

| May 3, 2021

The Fogge Family of Ashford: Family Connections to the Tudor Dynasty  via the Boleyns, Woodvilles and Parrs

Thank you to author Amanda Harvey Purse for sharing this article with us today, an article which is based on research she did for her book on the Boleyns. Over to Amanda.. On 9th October 2019, The Anne Boleyn Files kindly published my article of research on Sir John Fogge and his connection with the […]