These bloody days have broken my heart

| May 19, 2020

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

| May 19, 2020

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 […]

Talking Tudors – Anne Boleyn’s Execution & Final Resting Place with Claire Ridgway

| May 19, 2020

Talking Tudors – Anne Boleyn’s Execution & Final Resting Place with Claire Ridgway

Thank you so much to Natalie Grueninger for inviting me to take part in her “All Things Boleyn” series of podcasts for Talking Tudors. Natalie is a dear friend and my favourite subject is Anne Boleyn, so I very much enjoyed this interview – some great questions. The interview is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, […]

The Final Days of Anne Boleyn – My article for History Extra

| June 5, 2019

I’m very honoured to be featured on the History Extra website, the official website for BBC History Magazine and BBC World Histories Magazine, with my article on “The final days of Anne Boleyn”. In this article, I talk about why Anne Boleyn was executed on 19th May 1536, how she was executed and what happened […]

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 […]