The Act of Succession and its oath

| April 20, 2021

The Act of Succession and its oath

On this day in Tudor history, on 20th April 1534, in the reign of King Henry VIII, prominent Londoners were called to swear a special oath. Just what was the Oath of the Act of Succession? What were people swearing to? Find out the highlights in this edition of my #TudorHistoryShorts video series, and read […]

Did Henry VIII and Francis I really wrestle?

| April 15, 2021

Did Henry VIII and Francis I really wrestle?

Thank you to Leah for her excellent question regarding a scene from Showtime’s “The Tudors” series in which Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII challenges Emmanuel Leconte as Francis I to a wrestling match at the Field of Cloth of Gold meeting. Did Henry VIII and Francis I really wrestle? And, if so, what happened? […]

2 October – Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor and William Tyndale

| October 2, 2020

2 October – Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor and William Tyndale

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd October 1514, Henry VIII’s beloved youngest sister, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, set sail from Dover. She was on her way to France to marry fifty-two-year-old King Louis XII of France. She wasn’t keen on the idea, but her brother had promised that when Louis died, she could marry a […]

A court fool is rather foolish and Mary I gets married

| July 25, 2020

A court fool is rather foolish and Mary I gets married

On this day in Tudor history, 25th July 1535, the Feast of St James, the imperial ambassador wrote about a furious King Henry VIII who’d apparently been nearly driven to commit murder! What had angered the king? Well, it involved Henry VIII’s fool and some foolish name-calling. Find out more in my latest “on this […]

19 July – The Mary Rose and Mary Boleyn

| July 19, 2020

19 July – The Mary Rose and Mary Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 19th July 1545, Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, sank right in front of his eyes in the Battle of the Solent between the English and French fleets. But why did the Mary Rose sink? In today’s “on this day” video, I share the various theories on the sinking […]

Need a reason to celebrate?

| March 25, 2020

Need a reason to celebrate?

As well as being a Tudor history buff, I’m a complete Potterhead and Rufus Scrimgeour’s words from the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows part 1” have been on my mind: “These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today…”. Yes, we’re in […]

Happy New Year 2020!

| January 1, 2020

Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year to all Anne Boleyn Files followers! I hope you had a lovely time celebrating the New Year and that 2020 brings you lots of joy. Thank you for following this site and my work. How did people at the Tudor court celebrate New Year? Well, here’s my video from last year I’ve […]

Merry Christmas to you and yours

| December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas to you and yours

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours from me, my family and pets. I hope you have a wonderful festive season. I thought I’d share with you my Christmas Day “on this day” video, which explains how the Tudors would have marked this day, as well as sharing an “on this day” event concerning […]