August 12 – Death of Ursula Pole, Baroness Stafford, daughter of Magart Pole

| August 12, 2022

August 12 – Death of Ursula Pole, Baroness Stafford, daughter of Magart Pole

On this day in Tudor history, 12th August 1570, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Lady Ursula Stafford died. Ursula was the daughter of the late Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, former governess to Princess Mary. Margaret was famously executed in Henry VIII’s reign. Ursula was also the sister of Cardinal Reginald Pole and […]

Which colours did Anne Boleyn like?

| February 5, 2021

Which colours did Anne Boleyn like?

In this edition of my series on “Questions about Anne Boleyn”, I consider which colours Anne Boleyn liked. It’s impossible to say what Anne Boleyn’s favourite colour was, but we do know the colours Anne chose to wear and the colours she chose for fabrics for Elizabeth’s nursery and clothes. Find out which colour fabrics […]

Rose Lok’s Tale by Lissa Chapman

| March 9, 2017

Rose Lok’s Tale by Lissa Chapman

Thank you to Lissa Chapman, author of Anne Boleyn in London, for sharing this guest article with us today. Rose Lok lived to be a very old lady. For a Londoner born in the reign of Henry VIII, to attain the age of eighty-six was in itself an extraordinary achievement. And Rose lived an extraordinary […]

15 January 1569 – Death of Lady Catherine Knollys (nee Carey)

| January 15, 2013

15 January 1569 – Death of Lady Catherine Knollys (nee Carey)

On this day in history, 15th January 1569, Lady Catherine Knollys (née Carey), wife of Sir Francis Knollys, daughter of Mary Boleyn and mother of Lettice Dudley, died at Hampton Court Palace. Catherine had been taken ill with a fever at Christmas and her husband, who was at Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots […]

Halloween Competition 2011 Results

| November 7, 2011

Halloween Competition 2011 Results

Thank you to all those who sent me photos for the Halloween Competition, we had such a hard time judging it as you all looked wonderful. You’re all so creative and beautiful! And the winner of the Anne Boleyn Files Halloween Competition 2011 Competition is…drumroll…fanfare… Sheena Reekie as Queen Elizabeth I, with her trusty sidekick […]

The Tudors Courtly Couture Collection Back at Mary Rose Museum

| June 7, 2011

The Tudors Courtly Couture Collection Back at Mary Rose Museum

Just to let you know that The Tudors Courtly Couture Collection is now back on view at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth. Here are the details:- The Tudors – Courtly Couture Collection Monday 6th June – Friday 30th September Royal gowns worn in the hit TV series “The Tudors” are now back on display […]

The Tudors Costumes

| March 31, 2011

The Tudors Costumes

In an article entitled “Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill” in the fashion section of today’s Telegraph newspaper, Joan Bergin, costumer designer for “The Tudors” TV series, discusses how she “looked to Holbein, Degas and the Rolling Stones to create more than 2,000 lavish outfits for the hit series”, as well as studying the reports of […]

Anne Boleyn Dress Hits the Stage!

| March 31, 2011

Anne Boleyn Dress Hits the Stage!

Our Anne Boleyn Pembroke Dress, Pembroke Hood and gold-plated B Necklace have just hit the stage in a play called “Tower Ghosts” by Tom Marcello and performed by the Case High Theatre Company. The play was performed at the preliminary and semi-final levels of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild competition and won many awards so […]