New Video on Anne Boleyn’s Prison and Execution Spot

| August 29, 2011

New Video on Anne Boleyn’s Prison and Execution Spot

Recently, I have received many emails from people planning a visit to the Tower of London asking for help in identifying the part of the Tower where Anne Boleyn was imprisoned in May 1536 and the location of the scaffold. I have written about it in the past – see Anne Boleyn and the Tower […]

19 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Execution

| May 19, 2011

19 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Execution

Today is one of mourning and tragedy, our Queen is no more, having been brutally slain earlier today. Executed as a traitor within the confines of the Tower of London’s wall. Everybody is in shock, nobody is saying anything and the world is a darker and sadder place. Sir William Kingston was ordered by Thomas […]

Are You Commemorating the Execution of Anne Boleyn?

| May 19, 2011

Are You Commemorating the Execution of Anne Boleyn?

Today is the 475th anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution on the 19th May 1536.  I will be at the Tower of London paying my respects at Anne Boleyn’s memorial tile, and that of her brother, in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and also to the men who died at the scaffold site on […]

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is Sentenced to Death!

| May 15, 2011

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is Sentenced to Death!

Today, 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was tried in the King’s Hall of the Tower of London in front of an estimated 2,000 spectators. A great platform1 had been erected in the hall so that everybody could see and the Lord High Steward, the Duke of Norfolk who was representing the King, sat on […]

Anne Boleyn Day Competition 2011

| April 27, 2011

Anne Boleyn Day Competition 2011

As many of you will be aware, here at The Anne Boleyn Files we call 19th May “Anne Boleyn Day”, a day on which we not only commemorate that fateful May day in 1536 when Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London, but also a day on which we celebrate her life. I […]

Anne Boleyn’s Execution – Is there an Explanation for her Scaffold Courage?

| April 21, 2011

Anne Boleyn’s Execution – Is there an Explanation for her Scaffold Courage?

Dr Sarah Morris, who is writing a novel on Anne Boleyn, has written a guest post for the On the Tudor Trail website arguing that Anne Boleyn’s “incredible courage and profound serenity in the face of her imminent oblivion” could be the result of a phenomenon which Steve Taylor, a transpersonal psychologist, calls Suffering Induced […]

19th May 1536 – I Have a Little Neck: The Execution of Anne Boleyn

| May 19, 2010

19th May 1536 – I Have a Little Neck: The Execution of Anne Boleyn

At dawn on the 19th May 1536, Anne celebrated the Mass for the last time, receiving the Sacrament from her almoner, John Skip. She then ate breakfast at 7am and waited to hear Sir William Kingston’s footsteps outside her door. At 8am, the Constable appeared, informing Anne that the hour of her death was near […]

18th May 1536 – Postponement and Prayer

| May 18, 2010

18th May 1536 – Postponement and Prayer

On the night of the 17th/18th May 1536, while the carpenters built her scaffold within the grounds of the Tower of London, Anne prepared herself for her execution which was scheduled for 9am on the 18th. At 2am, her almoner, John Skip, arrived to pray with her and she was still in prayer when Archbishop […]