7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to a daughter

| September 7, 2015

On 7th September 1533, at three o’clock in the afternoon and less than two weeks after she had taken to her chamber, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, gave birth to her first child at Greenwich Palace (Palace of Placentia). The baby was a daughter and was “a beautiful infant with natural coloring […] beautiful […]

Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

| August 14, 2015

On 29th July I received news that my best friend of thirty-three years had died. I was devastated, particularly as I was actually on my way to spend a few days with her and her family. Su was the best friend a girl could have, and an amazing woman, and I miss her like crazy. […]

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: The Family Man

| May 4, 2015

Our ‘Real Wolf Hall’ series of articles continues today with a wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell the family man by Teri Fitzgerald – thank you Teri! “Judging by the reactions to the BBC’s six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, the contest over the legacies of More and Cromwell is […]

28 December – Childermas

| December 28, 2014

Today is Childermas (Children’s Mass) or Holy Innocents’ Day and it was part of the Twelve Days of Christmas celebrated in the Tudor period. This feast day commemorates the massacre of the baby boys which King Herod ordered in Bethlehem, in an attempt to kill the infant Jesus Christ. The innocent babies were seen by […]

2015 Anne Boleyn Files Tudor Places Calendar Now Available

| August 11, 2014

The Anne Boleyn Files 2015 Tudor Places Calendar is now available to purchase on Lulu.com! It’s $11.99 (US shop price) and can be shipped worldwide. Click here to order now The calendar measures 11 inches by 17 inches when open, it is spiral bound in the middle and is printed on gloss stock. It features […]

29 June 1509 – Death of Margaret Beaufort, the Tudor matriarch

| June 29, 2014

On this day in 1509, Lady Margaret Beaufort, grandmother of Henry VIII, mother of the late Henry VII and a woman known as the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty, died at Cheyneygates, the Abbot of Westminter’s house. Margaret died just four days after enjoying the coronation celebrations of her grandson Henry VIII, and Henry Parker, […]

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 21, 2014

Today I will be remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was burned at the stake on 21st March 1556 after being found guilty of heresy and treason. Martyrologist John Foxe recorded his execution in his Book of Martyrs: “With thoughts intent upon a far higher object than the empty threats of man, he reached […]

Mary Tudor, Queen of France – Factfile

| March 18, 2014

As today is the anniversary of Mary Tudor, Queen of France’s birth, I thought it would be good to make a Mary Tudor ‘factfile’. I’ve written quite a few articles on Mary so it’s good to do something different.   Motto La volenté De Dieu me suffit (The will of God is sufficient for me) […]