17 April 1534 – Sir Thomas More is sent to the Tower

17 April 1534 – Sir Thomas More is sent to the Tower

On this day in history, 17th April 1534, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor and good friend, was sent to the Tower of London. He wasn’t sent there to see a prisoner, he was sent there as a prisoner. Sir Thomas More had been called to Lambeth four days earlier, on 13th April, to […]

Easter Sunday – He is risen from death

Easter Sunday – He is risen from death

Today is Easter Sunday and Christians around the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Tudor times, an Easter sepulchre had been prepared on Good Friday. This sepulchre represented the sealed tomb Christ had been laid to rest in following his crucifixion. It consisted of a stone or wooden niche filled with […]

13 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s last Maundy Thursday

This day in history, 13th April 1536, was Maundy Thursday – as it is this year – the day which commemorates the Last Supper, that final meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples before his arrest. It was to be the last time that Anne Boleyn would carry out the traditional duties of a […]

Was Anne Boleyn in love with Henry Norris?

Was Anne Boleyn in love with Henry Norris?

Yes, you read that right! That is the question I’m posing today – Was Anne Boleyn in love with her husband’s friend and groom of the stool, Henry Norris? It’s an article that I’ve been working on, on and off for a while, but decided to finish it after it was brought up on a […]

12 April 1533 – A spectacle at Greenwich Palace

On this day in history, Saturday 12th April, Easter eve, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, attended mass in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. This was her first public appearance since her husband had informed his council that Anne was to be accorded royal honours, and Anne went all out to show the court […]

11 April 1533 – Royal honours for Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 11th April 1533, Good Friday, King Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise his second wife, Anne Boleyn, as his rightful wife and queen, and to accord her royal honours. While the king was ordering his council to do this, his new Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was working on […]

2017 Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference – September 2017

Thank you to author Wendy J. Dunn for letting me know about this event that will be of interest to our Australian followers. The 2017 Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference is taking place in Melbourne from 8-10 September. Here is information on it from the HNSA: “This celebration of the historical fiction genre will showcase […]

7 April 1538 – Lady Wiltshire, mother of Anne Boleyn, is buried

On this day in history, 7th April 1538, Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond and mother of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, was laid to rest at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth, in the chancel. She had died four days earlier at the Abbot of Reading’s home near Baynard’s Castle in London. In a letter […]