The Real Wolf Hall: Who was Walter Cromwell?

| April 20, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall: Who was Walter Cromwell?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing articles on some of the real historical characters we meet in Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and the BBC adaptation of the books. Today, we kick off the series with an article by Olga Hughes of http://nerdalicious.com.au/. Olga looks at who Walter […]

Karma and Cromwell or a Waste of a Brilliant Mind?

| July 28, 2014

Karma and Cromwell or a Waste of a Brilliant Mind?

On this day in history, 28th July 1540, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex and Henry VIII’s former right-hand man, was beheaded on Tower Hill. He had been arrested on 10th June 1540 at a council meeting, and a bill of attainder passed against him on 29th June 1540 for the crimes of corruption, heresy and […]

The Vultures Gather

| May 9, 2010

The Vultures Gather

As I read through Letters and Papers to look at primary source evidence for the events leading up to the execution of Anne Boleyn on the 19th May 1536, it sickens me to see how the vultures were gathering to ensure that they had their share of the spoils even before the trials of Anne […]

Anne Boleyn Files News

| July 28, 2009

Anne Boleyn Files News

Wow, what a week it has been and it’s only Tuesday!! I just thought I’d take the chance to do a news round up and let you know what’s new to the site and what’s been happening in the world of The Anne Boleyn Files:- On this Day in History Today, we think about Thomas […]

Was Henry VIII Merciful to Anne?

| July 27, 2009

Was Henry VIII Merciful to Anne?

If you know Anne Boleyn’s story, you will know that she was found guilty of treason of adultery and treason by a court of 26 noblemen and sentenced to death by burning at the stake or by being beheaded, whatever the King decided. You will also know that her life was cut short on 19th […]

Did Anne Boleyn Dig Her Own Grave?

| July 16, 2009

I apologise for the “inflammatory” title but blame David Starkey as it was he who got me wondering! When I watched Starkey’s recent “Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant”, the episode on Anne Boleyn really got me thinking if Anne Boleyn has to take some responsibility for her downfall and execution. In it, Starkey talked […]