I wanted to keep this news quiet for a few days out of respect for the Ives family, but as it was leaked last night on Facebook and I’m receiving emails asking me for confirmation, Eric’s daughter has given permission for me to write this short post.
Professor Eric Ives died yesterday morning, 25th September 2012, following a severe stroke he suffered a couple of weeks ago. He was aged eighty-one.
I am deeply saddened, as I know many of you will be. I call his book, The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, my Anne Boleyn “Bible” and he was such an expert on her, the Reformation and Tudor history. I had the honour of meeting him twice and both times he allowed me to completely grill him and always had an answer to my questions. He was a lovely man, a true gentleman, an expert historian, a charismatic speaker (and preacher), and someone I admired so much. His passing is a huge loss to the history world, but he had a true faith in God.
I will be sending a card to the family on behalf of us all.
I will be writing a full obituary in a few days.