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19 July – Mary Boleyn, a new queen, the Mary Rose and a noble imp

19 July – Mary Boleyn, a new queen, the Mary Rose and a noble imp

19th July is a very busy day in terms on “on this day in Tudor history” events, so I thought I’d give you brief details on four of the events, along with links for further reading and today’s “on this day” video. On this day in history, 19th July 1543, Mary Stafford (née Boleyn), wife […]

Boleyn or Bullen – What was Anne Boleyn’s real name?

Boleyn or Bullen – What was Anne Boleyn’s real name?

I’ve just published my latest “Questions about Anne Boleyn” video over on the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel. It’s a topic that I’ve handled before, here on the Anne Boleyn Files website, but I just had to talk about it again after receiving that message. In the video, I answer the question […]

Claire’s Anne Boleyn Tattoo

Claire’s Anne Boleyn Tattoo

Many eagle-eyed viewers have noticed that I have some “ink” on my left arm and I have been receiving lots of comments, emails and messages asking me to explain what it is and whether it has anything to do with my interest in Tudor history or Anne Boleyn. The answer is “yes”! It is an […]

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

29th June is a busy day for “on this day in Tudor history” events, and I thought I’d share with you some information on a few of them. On this day in history, 29th June 1536, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal, an office he had held […]

28 June 1491 – Henry VIII is born

28 June 1491 – Henry VIII is born

On this day in Tudor history, 28th June 1491, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to her third child and second son at the Palace of Placentia (Greenwich Palace). The little boy was baptised “Henry” at the Church of the Observant Friars, Greenwich, by Richard Foxe, Bishop of Exeter and […]

Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

King Henry VIII has gone down in history as the king who had six wives and who executed two of them, as well as having three of his marriages annulled. He had quite the marital history! But did you know that Henry was just thirteen when he broke one of his wives’ hearts for the […]

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

Today is the feast day of St John the Baptist, an important celebration in the medieval and Tudor periods, with it coinciding with Midsummer, and a day that is still important in some Catholic countries. Fairies, fires, dancing, feasting and drinking were all part of the celebrations. In today’s extra “on this day in Tudor […]

On this day in Tudor history – lots of ways to enjoy these events!

On this day in Tudor history – lots of ways to enjoy these events!

As you know – and if you don’t, where have you been?! – I’ve been doing daily “on this day in Tudor history” talks since 1 January 2019, which is keeping me nice and busy! These daily talks were inspired by my book On This Day in Tudor History, which I published back in 2012, […]