Happy Halloween! Some Hallowtide resources for you

| October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween! I hope you have a lovely and safe Hallowtide. This year, things are so very different, aren’t they? Here, where we are, our local townhall has had to ban trick or treating in our village and instead give out wrapped sweets in sealed bags to local children who dress up and attend the […]

Tudor Nobility

| September 15, 2020

In this latest edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, I explain the Great Chain of Being, the hierarchical structure of society, and the different levels of the nobility in the Tudor period. I also explain why there could be numerous 1st Dukes, e.g. Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and his son-in-law, Henry Grey, 1st Duke […]

A very Happy Easter to you all!

| April 12, 2020

It’s a very different Easter this year, isn’t it? But for me, as someone who has a faith, the Easter message is even more important. It’s one of complete unconditional love, and love something we definitely need to be spreading right now. I send you bucket loads of love and hope you are safe and […]

Good Friday

| April 10, 2020

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, unless you’re a member of the Orthodox Churches, the day that Christians around the world remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. It is an important day in the church calendar and was also important in Tudor times. As I have written about it many times over […]

Need a reason to celebrate?

| March 25, 2020

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 […]

Ash Wednesday and Lent in Tudor times

| February 26, 2020

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which in Tudor times was a time of fasting and prayer. In the latest edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, Claire tells Teasel (and you!) all about what Tudor people did on Ash Wednesday and how Lent was marked in Tudor times.

Shrove Tuesday and Shrovetide in Tudor times

| February 25, 2020

It’s Shrove Tuesday today, the third day of Shrovetide, so I’ve been explaining to Teasel what’s behind the tradition of “Pancake Day”. Teasel thought this information would be just perfect for her “Teasel’s Tudor Trivia” series, so she persuaded me, with those lovely puppy dog eyes, to do this video with her. I do hope […]

Happy New Year 2020!

| January 1, 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 […]