12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn dies

12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn dies

“My good lord and master is dead. He made the end of a good Christian man. Hever, 13 March.”1 So wrote Thomas Boleyn’s servant, Robert Cranwell, to Thomas Cromwell in 1539. Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond and father of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, had died at his home, Hever Castle, at the […]

10 March 1524 – King Henry VIII has an accident

10 March 1524 – King Henry VIII has an accident

On this day in history, 10th March 1524, thirty-two-year-old King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident. The king had forgotten to lower the visor of his headpiece and was struck by his good friend and brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, on the brow. It could have been a very serious accident “for the Duke’s […]

Rose Lok’s Tale by Lissa Chapman

Rose Lok’s Tale by Lissa Chapman

Thank you to Lissa Chapman, author of Anne Boleyn in London, for sharing this guest article with us today. Rose Lok lived to be a very old lady. For a Londoner born in the reign of Henry VIII, to attain the age of eighty-six was in itself an extraordinary achievement. And Rose lived an extraordinary […]

International Women’s Day 2017 – #beboldforchange

International Women’s Day 2017 – #beboldforchange

Today is International Women’s Day, a day that “celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women”. This year’s campaign theme is “#BeBoldForChange”. The International Women’s Day website explains: “For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world […]

60 Second History – Henry VIII

60 Second History – Henry VIII

My third “60 Second History” video is on King Henry VIII, the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty and the king people either seem to love or hate. As I’ve said before, the idea of this series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. My first two videos were on the […]

6 March 1536 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries

6 March 1536 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries

In February 1536, a parliament which has become known as “The Reformation Parliament” was recalled and met until it was dismissed on 14th April 1536. It had first sat in October 1529 and is referred to as the Reformation Parliament because it was responsible for passing the legislation which led to the break with Rome […]

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn takes part in a pageant

4 March 1522 – Anne Boleyn takes part in a pageant

On Shrove Tuesday 1522, 4th March, Anne Boleyn took part in the pageant of “The Château Vert” at York Place, a property owned by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. This was her first recorded public appearance at court since her return from France in late 1521. The pageant was part of the Shrovetide celebrations which began on […]

60 second history – Henry VII

60 second history – Henry VII

I’ve just recorded the second video in my “60 second history” series and this one is on King Henry VII. If you missed my post on the first video, the idea of this series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Everyone’s got a minute to spare! I plan to go […]