31 July 1544 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother

31 July 1544 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother

On this day in history, 31st July 1544, ten-year-old Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, wrote a letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife. It’s the earliest surviving letter written by the future Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Anne Everett Green, editor of Letters of […]

28th July 1540 – Two executions and a wedding

28th July 1540 – Two executions and a wedding

This day in history, 28th July 1540, was a rather busy one. Thomas Cromwell, the king’s former right-hand man, and Walter, Lord Hungerford of Heytesbury, a client of Cromwell, were executed by beheading and King Henry VIII married for the fifth time. On 28th July 1540, at Oatlands Palace, in Surrey, King Henry VIII married […]

The Life of Anne Boleyn online course – save 50%

The Life of Anne Boleyn online course – save 50%

Just a quick post to let you know that my 15 unit (18 video lessons) course “The Life of Anne Boleyn” is in the MedievalCourse.com summer flash sale at the moment and has 50% off until the end of 28th July. Course blurb: Anne Boleyn is the most popular and also the most divisive of […]

25 July 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth are called names

With his letter written on the Feast of St James (25th July) 1535, to Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, who was Charles V’s advisor, Eustace Chapuys included an interesting post script. It was written in cipher, but said: “P.S.—He the other day nearly murdered his own fool, a simple and innocent man, because he happened to […]

19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn

19 July 1543 – The death of Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 19th July 1543, Mary Stafford (née Boleyn, other married name Carey), died. She was in her early 40s1. Mary was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, and Elizabeth Howard, and the grandaughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. She was also the sister of Queen […]

Do you want some Tudor goodies?

Do you want some Tudor goodies?

Read on if you do! As you probably know, as well as running the Anne Boleyn Files I also run the Tudor Society. My aim in founding it was to create a community of Tudor history lovers and also to put Tudor history at members’ fingertips wherever they were in the world. I started the […]

Tudor Calendar Photography Competition – don’t forget!

A few weeks ago I launched our annual photography competition and just wanted to write this post to remind you to remember to get snapping over the summer. What is this competition? I hear you ask. Well, each year we produce The Anne Boleyn Files Tudor Calendar. This is a printed wall calendar and each […]

We have a winner!

Huge congratulations to Peyton R whose comment was picked at random as the winning comment in our Anne Boleyn Portrait Pendant Competition. Peyton won one of Tiffini’s beautiful grandioso sterling silver pendants featuring a collage of the lovely Anne Boleyn Rose portrait with pieces of antique anemone botanical and ornamental papers and bookplates. I have […]