Video – 26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

| August 26, 2019

Video – 26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

On this day in Tudor history, 26th August 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, prepared for the birth of her first child by “taking her chamber” at Greenwich Palace. This child was of course the future Queen Elizabeth I. “Taking her chamber” was common practice in Tudor England, and in today’s […]

Did Anne Boleyn have much to do with Elizabeth?

| March 29, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn have much to do with Elizabeth?

In this instalment of my series “Questions about Anne Boleyn”, I answer the question “Did Anne Boleyn have much of a relationship with Elizabeth?” I consider whether Anne Boleyn was disappointed with her daughter’s birth, whether there is evidence that she didn’t bond with Elizabeth, and how she was involved with the princess’s early life […]

7 September 1533 – Birth of Queen Elizabeth I

| September 7, 2016

7 September 1533 – Birth of Queen Elizabeth I

483 years today, on the afternoon of 7th September 1533, Henry VIII’s second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, gave birth to a baby girl at the Palace of Placentia (Greenwich Palace). Chronicler Edward Hall recorded the royal birth: “The vii. day of September beyng Sondaie, betwene thre and foure of the Clocke at after noone, the […]

Anne Boleyn, Mother of Elizabeth I

| March 30, 2014

Anne Boleyn, Mother of Elizabeth I

As it is Mothering Sunday in the UK, I wanted to share with you snippets from my chapter “Anne Boleyn the Mother” from The Anne Boleyn Collection II. The chapter goes into detail on the rituals and traditions associated with pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times, but today I want to concentrate on what we […]