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24 August 1572 – The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

| August 24, 2014

24 August 1572 – The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

On this day in 1572, the St Bartholmew’s Day Massacre took place. An estimated 3,000 French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in Paris, and a further estimated 7,000 in the provinces. According to tradition, Catherine de’ Medici persuaded her son, King Charles IX of France, to order the assassination of key Huguenot leaders who had gathered […]

A Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis – Guest Post by Yann Kergourlay

| January 27, 2014

A Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis – Guest Post by Yann Kergourlay

Thank you so much to Yann Kergourlay for writing this post on the Basilica of Saint Denis in Paris and for sharing these beautiful photographs. If you’re confused as to what this has to do with the Tudors, Mary Tudor, Queen of France, was crowned at St Denis, Anne Boleyn served Mary Tudor and Queen […]

Anne of Brittany

| January 9, 2014

Anne of Brittany

Thank you so much to Yann Kergourlay for writing this guest post on Anne of Brittany. Over to Yann… 500 years ago, on January 9th, 1514, around 6 o’clock, Anne of Brittany died, aged 37 years old at the Castle of Blois, France. During her short and eventful life, she had accumulated honors and titles […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – France by Sarah Bryson

| February 21, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – France by Sarah Bryson

Following on from her previous three posts on Mary Boleyn, Sarah Bryson considers Mary’s time in France… It is most commonly accepted that during her time in France Mary Boleyn became the mistress of King Francis I. During her time at the French court she reportedly gained a reputation for being a woman of loose […]

Mary Boleyn – Was She really the Mistress of Francis I?

| October 30, 2011

Mary Boleyn – Was She really the Mistress of Francis I?

As many of you know, I led a webinar on Thursday night for members of The Anne Boleyn Fellowship. The webinar, which was the second in my series on “The REAL Boleyns”, consisted of an hour long talk and slideshow on Mary Boleyn, based on my research into her life. I obviously won’t be sharing […]

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 […]

Margaret of Navarre

| December 21, 2010

Margaret of Navarre

On this day in history, 21st December 1549, Margaret of Navarre (also known as Marguerite de Navarre, Marguerite of Angoulême and Marguerite de France) died aged 57. You can read more about her in the following articles:- The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Four – The French Influence Anne Boleyn’s Faith Holbein’s The Ambassadors: […]

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