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The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

| May 24, 2013

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

I thought I’d write a review (well, more of a rundown) of the BBC2 programme The Last Days of Anne Boleyn for those of you who missed it or are unable to see it. I sat scribbling notes as fast as I could and I hope this makes sense! The programme flitted between a narrator […]

Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage – 29th January 1536

| January 29, 2011

Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage – 29th January 1536

On the same day that her predecessor, Catherine of Aragon, was laid to rest, Anne Boleyn miscarried. The Imperial ambassador reported the miscarriage to his master, Charles V:- “On the day of the interment [Catherine of Aragon’s funeral] the Concubine had an abortion which seemed to be a male child which she had not borne […]

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 […]

Sir Francis Weston – Part 1

| October 28, 2009

Sir Francis Weston – Part 1

I think we are all guilty (or perhaps you’re not!) of glossing over the men who were executed for adultery with the Queen and just concentrating on Anne Boleyn, after all, we don’t set up websites about these men, write books on them or write to the Queen asking for pardons for them, but, as […]

Mark Smeaton – Part 1

| October 20, 2009

What I loved about Alison Weir’s latest book “The Lady in the Tower” is the fact that she gives quite a lot of detail on the five men who were convicted and executed for treason and adultery with Anne Boleyn. Often, these men, who were also innocent victims of this brutal coup against Anne, are […]

Poem – Cromwell vs Anne

| August 20, 2009

Poem – Cromwell vs Anne

This is Part 30 of Esther Hyams’ wonderful series of poems on the life of Anne Boleyn. Cromwell vs. Anne Boleyn Thomas Cromwell was becoming an intelligent and dangerous man Especially to the endangered, forsaken and abandoned Queen Anne. Thomas Cromwell gave his magnificent chambers to Mistress Jane This indicated that Thomas Cromwell’s helpful favour […]

Poem – The Downfall of Queen Anne

| August 15, 2009

Poem – The Downfall of Queen Anne

“The Downfall of Queen Anne” is Part 29 of Esther Hyams’ series of poems on the life of Anne Boleyn, from childhood to her fall and execution. The Downfall of Queen Anne Spring 1536, The English court was an exciting place to be Awash with rumours of rise and fall for all to hear and […]

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 […]