Day 5 of The Executed Queens Tour

| May 19, 2011

Day 5 of The Executed Queens Tour

Today was a strange mixture of sadness, happiness, poignancy and excitement – conflicting emotions. After a wonderful cooked English breakfast (yum!), we headed off to the Tower of London to explore the Tower and its amazing history, and also to pay our respects at the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula on the 475th anniversary […]

Tudor Tours 2011

| June 2, 2010

Tudor Tours 2011

They’re here! The Executed Queens Tour 2011 and The Anne Boleyn Experience 2011 are now taking bookings over at http://tour.theanneboleynfiles.com/ As I write this, there are only 10 places left on the May Executed Queens Tour and 21 places on the July Anne Boleyn Experience, so please be quick if you want to join us […]

Did Anne Boleyn Commit Incest with Her Brother?

| February 23, 2010

Did Anne Boleyn Commit Incest with Her Brother?

If you’re like me, you are eagerly awaiting the publication of G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions” which comes out in April (May in the USA). Why? Because this is one historian who believes that Anne could actually have been guilty of adultery and worse, incest. Most historians these days are sympathetic to Anne’s […]

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey – Part Two

| February 12, 2010

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey – Part Two

As Guildford Dudley’s body was brought back from Tower Hill, his wife Lady Jane Grey waited with the Lieutenant of the Tower, Sir John Brydges, his brother and deputy – Thomas Brydges, her two ladies and John Feckenham, Mary I’s chaplain and confessor, who had been sent to Jane to prepare her for her death. […]

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey – Part One

| February 12, 2010

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey – Part One

On this day in history, 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey and her husband Guildford Dudley were executed for treason after being imprisoned in the Tower of London from the end of July 1553 when Mary successfully assumed the crown and was proclaimed Mary I of England. The Nine Days Queen Lady Jane Grey is […]

Was Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage Responsible for Her Fall?

| January 29, 2010

Was Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage Responsible for Her Fall?

On this day in history, 29th January 1536 Catherine of Aragon was interred at Peterborough Cathedral and her successor Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage, a huge blow to both Anne and Henry VIII who were desperate for a son. As I said in my post a couple of week’s ago, there are many possible reasons […]

Friday Round Up

| October 16, 2009

Friday Round Up

Either I’m getting old or time is flying at the moment – it always seems to be Friday! Before I round up what’s going on here at The Anne Boleyn Files and in the history world, I must apologise for the The Anne Boleyn Files being offline for a few hours yesterday. Obviously, being in […]

The Cardinal and the Concubine

| September 30, 2009

The Cardinal and the Concubine

Over the past few weeks, I have been considering Anne Boleyn’s relationships with those around her and today I want to look at her relationship with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor and right-hand man. Anne Boleyn and the Boleyn faction are often credited with causing Wolsey’s downfall and subsequent death, and many are […]