Helen Castor’s Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death – Episode 1: A Good Birth

| October 10, 2013

Helen Castor’s Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage, Death – Episode 1: A Good Birth

Last night, I watched the first episode of Helen Castor’s three part series on birth, marriage and death in medieval times and I made notes so that I could share them with those who are unable to get BBC4. It really was an excellent programme. Helen Castor set the scene for the episode by talking […]

When was Anne Boleyn Born?

| April 13, 2010

When was Anne Boleyn Born?

Anne Boleyn is such a puzzle isn’t she? And that’s what fascinates us, the fact that she is an enigma, a puzzle to solve, a code to break. But, isn’t it frustrating when we can’t even be sure when she was born?! The two dates put forward by historians are 1501 and 1507, with most […]

Death in Tudor England

| August 13, 2009

This video from the Historic Royal Palaces examines how the Tudors thought of death and their belief in ghosts.

Anne Boleyn’s Final Resting Place

| June 18, 2009

Anne Boleyn’s Final Resting Place

As you all know, Anne Boleyn, second wife and Queen Consort to Henry VIII, was executed on 19th May 1536 at the Tower of London after being convicted of treason, adultery and incest. I’ve already written a blog post on her final resting place at the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower […]

Anne Boleyn’s Execution Speech and Death

| February 25, 2009

Did anyone else cry when they watched the execution scene in The Tudors? I know I did, and it still makes me cry now. Whatever your thoughts on Anne Boleyn, history shows that she was courageous, noble and loyal to the King even in the face of death. A Brave and Bloody End For those […]