The Birth of Margaret of Austria – 10 January 1480

| January 10, 2012

The Birth of Margaret of Austria – 10 January 1480

On this day in history, 10th January 1480, Margaret of Austria (Princess of Asturias and Duchess of Savoy) was born to her parents Maximilian of Austria and Mary of Burgundy. Margaret was their second child and was named after her maternal stepgrandmother, Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy and third wife of Charles the Bold […]

The Scandalous and Corrupt Anne Boleyn?

| October 11, 2011

The Scandalous and Corrupt Anne Boleyn?

Apologies for the absence of Anne Boleyn articles recently but I’ve been busy immersing myself in Letters and Papers and the Calendar of State Papers for Spain trying to find something that has been bugging me for the past few weeks. When something bugs me, I’m like a dog with a bone and I just […]

Anne Boleyn, the Butler, the Chaplain and other such Poppycock!

| July 4, 2011

Anne Boleyn, the Butler, the Chaplain and other such Poppycock!

Claire is angry – watch out! Claire has got her soap box in hand and is about to get on to her high horse and is writing in the third person so something must have really ‘got her goat’, as they say in England. OK, so back to first person… I am soooooo annoyed. Eliza […]

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Seven – The Butler, Chaplain, Courtier and Poet

| November 10, 2010

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Seven – The Butler, Chaplain, Courtier and Poet

In Part Six, I wrote about how the first recorded sighting of Anne Boleyn at the English Court was on the 1st March 1522, at the Château Vert Shrovetide pageant. Contrary to the scene in “The Tudors”, Henry VIII did not fall in love with Anne at this pageant, he was actually having an affair love […]

Early Life of Anne Boleyn

| November 6, 2010

You can find out more about Anne Boleyn’s early life in the following articles:- The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part One – Beginnings The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Two – The Court of Margaret of Austria The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Three – Anne Boleyn Goes to France The Early […]

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Five – The Boleyns and Butlers

| October 28, 2010

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Five – The Boleyns and Butlers

In 1521, after spending 8 years on the continent, Anne Boleyn was recalled to England. Although Francis I, King of France, was worried that the recall of his wife’s lady-in-waiting and various English students in Paris “seemed to indicate an English intention to make war on France”1, Cardinal Wolsey assured the French King that Anne […]

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Four – The French Influence

| October 20, 2010

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Four – The French Influence

As I said in Part Three, it wasn’t just the Renaissance culture of her surroundings which influenced the young Anne Boleyn, she was also heavily influenced by the women she saw and spent time with in France. Let us look at some of the amazing women she met in France… Claude of France Claude was […]

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Three – Anne Boleyn Goes to France

| October 13, 2010

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Three – Anne Boleyn Goes to France

As I wrote in “The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Two – The Court of Margaret of Austria”, Anne Boleyn was sent to the court of Margaret of Austria in the Low Countries in 1513 to finish her education. However, she only remained at Mechelen for around 15 months because, in August 1514, Anne […]