12 Facts about Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford

| March 6, 2021

Most Tudor history lovers know that Jane Boleyn (née Parker), Lady Rochford, was the wife of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, the sister-in-law of Queen Anne Boleyn and that she was executed with Catherine Howard in February 1542, but in this talk, I share 12 lesser-known facts about Jane… More videos about Jane Boleyn…

10 Facts about Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn

| February 24, 2021

I just wanted to share this short video I did on Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, with you. It’s just five minutes long. Elizabeth Boleyn was, of course, the mother of Queen Anne Boleyn, aunt of Queen Catherine Howard and grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I, but she’s quite a shadowy historical figure, frustratingly […]

Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn: Were they close?

| January 23, 2021

In the latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series of videos on the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel, I consider the question that I’m often asked: “Were Anne and Mary Boleyn close?” What do we know about the Boleyn sisters’ relationship? Was it close? Do the historical sources give us […]

Were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard pawns of their families

| November 7, 2020

In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I consider whether Anne Boleyn and her cousin, Catherine Howard, were pawns of their families and whether the Boleyns and Howards deserve to be blamed for their subsequent executions. Did Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, and Elizabeth’s brother, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, force […]

Sir Christopher Hales and the Boleyns by Amanda Harvey Purse

| August 25, 2020

Thank you to author Amanda Harvey Purse for sharing this article with us here today. Over to Amanda… ‘Sir Christopher Hales’ is perhaps one of those names that may feel as if they briefly pop up as a part of a historical Tudor fact within a Tudor event and then goes away again. However, the […]

On this day – Thomas Boleyn is rewarded and Mary Boleyn suffers a loss

| June 22, 2020

As you know, I’m doing daily “on this day in Tudor history” videos for the Anne Boleyn & Tudor Society YouTube channel based on research I did for my book, On This Day in Tudor History. Today, 22nd June, has two Boleyn-related events, so I thought I’d share them with you here. On this day […]

Elizabeth Boleyn’s death – 3 April 1538

| April 3, 2020

On this day in history, Wednesday 3rd April 1538, Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard), Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, died at Baynard’s Castle, home of the Abbot of Reading, in London. Elizabeth was in her early sixties and she died just less than two years after the executions of her son and daughter, George Boleyn, Lord […]

In memory of one of my very favourite Tudor personalities, Thomas Boleyn

| March 12, 2020

Today is the anniversary of the death of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, father of Queen Anne Boleyn. He died at the family home, Hever Castle, in Kent, on 12th March 1539. His servant, Robert Cranwell, informed Thomas Cromwell of Thomas’s death, writing “My good lord and master is dead. He made the end of […]