Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 4 – 1 June 1533 – Anne Boleyn is crowned

On Whitsunday 1533, 1st June, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned queen by her good friend, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Anne’s marriage to Henry VIII had only been proclaimed valid on 28th May 1533, but the couple had been waiting over […]

Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 3 – 31 May 1533 – The Coronation Procession

On this day in history, Saturday 31st May 1533, the eve of her coronation, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, made her way in a huge procession from the Tower of London, throught the streets of London, to Westminster Hall. This is another day I’d like to see – I really need a time machine! […]

Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 2 – 30 May 1533 – Knights of the Bath

On this day in history, on the night of 30th/31st May 1533, in the lead-up to Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath at the Tower of London. The list of men dubbed that knight includes Sir Francis Weston, who would be executed in May 1536 accused of sleeping with […]

Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Day 1 – 29 May 1533 – A fire-breathing dragon, monsters, wild men, and a queen

On this day in Tudor history, 29th May 1533, just a day after the marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had been proclaimed valid, the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation began in earnest. This is one of those days that, if I had the Tardis or Doc’s DeLorean, I would definitely visit. […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII wastes no time…

If I could go back in time and give Henry VIII a piece of mind, I would… well, perhaps not. It might not be safe to do that! The speed of events in May 1536 never fails to shock me, and the speed with which Henry VIII moved on to wife number 3 disgusts me. […]

Anne Boleyn novel special offer

Anne Boleyn novel special offer

To celebrate the release of her second Anne Boleyn novel and to commemorate the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, Natalia Richard’s The Falcon’s Rise: A Novel of Anne Boleyn is a kindle countdown deal at 99c or 99p from now until 22nd May. Kindle countdown deals are available on and and you […]

These bloody days have broken my heart

These bloody days have broken my heart

Today, I will be raising a glass to Queen Anne Boleyn, who was executed on the morning of 19th May 1536, and also to all those caught up in those awful days in May 1536. Poet and diplomat Thomas Wyatt the Elder was friends with a few of those who lost their lives that May, […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: The end

It’s the 19th May and we’ve come to the day Queen Anne Boleyn’s life ended at the hands of the Swordsman of Calais, but really at the hands of her husband, King Henry VIII. ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’ was executed by beheading on a newly built scaffold within the confines of the Tower of […]