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19 May 1536 – The end of Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2018

19 May 1536 – The end of Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, Friday 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was beheaded by a swordsman within the confines of the Tower of London. Anne had been queen for just over three years when she was arrested on 2nd May 1536 at […]

Wendy J Dunn reads from The Light in the Labyrinth

| May 19, 2017

Wendy J Dunn reads from The Light in the Labyrinth

Author Wendy J Dunn reads a chapter from her historical novel The Light in the Labyrinth to us as part of Anne Boleyn Day 2017. It is a wonderful novel telling of Anne Boleyn’s last days through the eyes of her niece. Would you like to win a copy of Wendy’s book? Simply leave a […]

19 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is executed

| May 19, 2017

19 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is executed

On this day in history, 19th May 1536, the feast day of St Dunstan, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London. Here at the Anne Boleyn Files and on our Facebook page, we are commemorating the 481st anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution with a special Anne Boleyn Day of events in association […]

Anne Boleyn – No innocent victim, apparently

| July 27, 2016

Anne Boleyn – No innocent victim, apparently

Warning: emotive post and mini rant! Feel free to ignore if it’s not your cup of tea. With running an Anne Boleyn blog, having made videos about her and having written books on her, I come across the following views on a fairly regular basis: Anne was no innocent victim She knew exactly what she […]

Anne Boleyn’s Execution Video – Derek Wilson

| May 19, 2016

Anne Boleyn’s Execution Video – Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson is one of my favourite historians and authors so I’m very excited about him being a part of Anne Boleyn Day 2016. In this video, Derek reads from his first historical novel, The First Horseman, in which his protagonist, Thomas Treviot, witnesses Anne Boleyn’s execution. He then talks about what it would be […]

Anne Boleyn’s Execution and Resting Place Video

| May 19, 2016

Anne Boleyn’s Execution and Resting Place Video

Today’s first Anne Boleyn Day 2016 video talk is from yours truly and it’s on Anne Boleyn’s execution and resting place. Do head over to the MadeGlobal website at www.madeglobal.com/3150/claire-ridgway-execution-resting-place/ to be in with a chance of winning a copy of my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown.

19 May 1536 – A queen is executed

| May 19, 2016

On this day in history, 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed within the confines of the Tower of London. Afterwards, her remains were laid to rest in the chancel of the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London. I thought I’d share with you some contemporary accounts of Anne’s […]

18 May 1536 – This lady has much joy and pleasure in death

| May 18, 2016

18 May 1536 – This lady has much joy and pleasure in death

Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution had been scheduled for 18th May 1536, so carpenters worked through the night of the 17th building a new scaffold “before the House of Ordnance”1 and Anne Boleyn prepared herself for death by praying with her almoner.2 At dawn, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer arrived to hear her final confession and to celebrate […]