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When did Anne Boleyn say yes to Henry VIII?

| August 16, 2018

When did Anne Boleyn say yes to Henry VIII?

I’ve just come back from a two week holiday travelling through Spain and France to the UK, and while I was in the UK I was lucky enough to attend David Starkey’s talk “Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer” at the Festival Theatre at Hever Castle. It was a wonderful talk, both entertaining and educational, and […]

Valentine’s Day – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: A great love?

| February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: A great love?

Today is Valentine’s Day, the traditional day of romance. You can read all about Valentine’s Day itself in an article I wrote for the Tudor Society – click here – but here at the Anne Boleyn Files I want to ask you for your thoughts on Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. I want to ask […]

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

| February 14, 2015

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

If you haven’t noticed (quick, buy a card!), today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Contrary to what many people believe, Valentine’s Day was celebrated in Tudor England. Alison Sim, in her excellent book Pleasures & Pastimes in Tudor England writes of how it is mentioned three times in the Paston Letters (a collection […]

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

| September 17, 2014

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

The Tudors series would have us believe that Henry VIII first noticed Anne Boleyn at the Château Vert Pageant, just after Anne had made her debut at the English court, but the first solid evidence we have of Henry VIII being in love with Anne is Henry’s request to the Pope in August 1527 for […]

Henry VIII the Romantic Soul

| February 14, 2012

Henry VIII the Romantic Soul

Romance may not be something you associate with King Henry VIII – tyranny: yes, romance: no – but Henry could be very romantic at times. How do I know? Well, I’ve read the love letters that he sent to Anne Boleyn and they are beautiful. Here are some lovey dovey extracts from the King of […]

The Vatican Love Letters of Henry VIII – Linda Holds Them!

| February 3, 2012

The Vatican Love Letters of Henry VIII – Linda Holds Them!

Anne Boleyn Fellowship member Dr Linda Saether shares her experience visiting the Vatican Archives and actually holding the real love letters written by Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn. The Da Vinci Code has nothing on this! The Vatican Love Letters of Henry VIII by Dr Linda Saether In Henry VIII’s letters to Anne Boleyn I […]

Valentine’s Day in Tudor England

| February 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day in Tudor England

In her book, “Pleasures & Pastimes in Tudor England”, Alison Sim writes of how the Tudors obviously did celebrate St Valentine’s Day because it is mentioned three times in the Paston Letters* in the 1470s. Apparently, “valentines were chosen by lot from among a group of friends, who then had to buy their valentine a […]

Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn

| December 1, 2010

Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn

We do not know exactly how Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s relationship began but Henry’s letters to Anne, written in 1527 and 1528, offer us a unique insight into their relationship and although we do not have Anne’s replies we can guess the content from Henry’s letters. There is some debate regarding the exact order […]