Happy 12th Birthday to us!

Happy 12th Birthday to us!

I wrote the very first post here on the Anne Boleyn Files on 17th February 2009. That was at the very beginning of my journey of research into Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, and I could never have predicted where it would lead. A dream […]

My new book – The Tudor Puzzle Book: Word Searches, Crosswords and Fiendish Questions

I was aiming to get this book out in time for Christmas, but life got in the way! It’s just in time to keep you occupied (and your mind off chocolate!) for Lent though! It’s called The Tudor Puzzle Book: Word Searches, Crosswords and Fiendish Questions. I’m sure you’ll agree that the very best fun […]

Shrovetide, Shrove Tuesday, Pancakes and more

Happy Shrove Tuesday! Yes, it’s time to enjoy those rich foods before Lent, if you do abstain or fast. I thought I’d help you enjoy this day with some interesting videos and yummy recipes… In this video, my faithful canine friend, Teasel, helps me to explain Shrovetide and how medieval and Tudor people celebrated it: […]

Happy birthday to me and presents for you!

On this day in history, 11th February 1971, I was born, meaning that I’m celebrating the big 50 today! Happy 50th birthday to me! I’m spreading the birthday love with some presents for you, so do watch the video to find out more. Tudor history and books, two of my very favourite things! Yoiu can […]

Did Charles Brandon have a French mistress?

In this edition of “Fan Questions”, questions asked by my YouTube viewers, I answer a question about Showtime’s “The Tudors” series. Annette from Michigan, US, wanted to know about a storyline concerning Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, in Season 4 of The Tudors. Did Charles Brandon really have a French mistress who accompanied him back […]

Which colours did Anne Boleyn like?

In this edition of my series on “Questions about Anne Boleyn”, I consider which colours Anne Boleyn liked. It’s impossible to say what Anne Boleyn’s favourite colour was, but we do know the colours Anne chose to wear and the colours she chose for fabrics for Elizabeth’s nursery and clothes. Find out which colour fabrics […]

Mary Boleyn resources

Today is the anniversary of Mary Boleyn’s marriage to William Carey in the Chapel Royal at Greenwich Palace on 4th February 1520. Their wedding was attended by King Henry VIII and his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon. To celebrate Mary’s wedding anniversary, I though I’d share with you some articles and videos on her. Let’s […]

11 things you might not know about George Boleyn

I fell under George Boleyn’s ‘spell’ when I started working with Clare Cherry on our book, George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat. Clare had told me that George was just as fascinating as his sister, Anne Boleyn, and she was right! His life may have been cut short, but he packed lots into it, […]

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