June 29 – The death of Henry Percy, Anne Boleyn’s former sweetheart

| June 29, 2022

June 29 – The death of Henry Percy, Anne Boleyn’s former sweetheart

On this day in Tudor history, 29th June 1537, Henry Algernon Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland, died at around the age of thirty-five. It was just over a year after he’d collapsed at the trial of his former sweetheart, Queen Anne Boleyn, But who was Henry Percy and what happened between him and Anne? Find […]

May 13 – Henry Percy gets cross and Anne Boleyn is on her way out

| May 13, 2022

May 13 – Henry Percy gets cross and Anne Boleyn is on her way out

On this day in Tudor history, 13th May 1536, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, got rather cross and exasperated with Thomas Cromwell and refused to be bullied in any way. Poor Cromwell, Percy wouldn’t play ball! Find out what Thomas Cromwell was trying to get Percy to do and why, and what it had to […]

13 May 1536 – The Earl of Northumberland refuses to be bullied – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 13, 2021

13 May 1536 – The Earl of Northumberland refuses to be bullied – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 13th May 1536, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, a man who’d once planned to marry Anne Boleyn, got rather cross and exasperated with the king’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. Northumberland refused to be bullied in any way and would not do what Cromwell wanted him to do. But what […]

Henry Percy – sweetheart of Anne Boleyn

| June 29, 2020

Henry Percy – sweetheart of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 29th June 1537, just over a year after the execution of his former sweetheart, Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry Algernon Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland, died at around the age of thirty-five. Percy had been ill for some time, and had actually collapsed after he sat in judgement on Anne […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -6

| May 13, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -6

On 13th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn’s former beau, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, got very cross and rather exasperated with Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell was trying to persuade Northumberland to help get the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn annulled, but Northumberland was not going to confess to something that he’d already sworn wasn’t true. What […]

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

| June 29, 2019

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

29th June is a busy day for “on this day in Tudor history” events, and I thought I’d share with you some information on a few of them. On this day in history, 29th June 1536, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal, an office he had held […]

Was Anne Boleyn involved with any other men? – Part 1

| April 12, 2019

Was Anne Boleyn involved with any other men? – Part 1

In today’s instalment of my video series “Questions about Anne Boleyn”, I consider the other men (apart from the obvious man, Henry VIII!) that Anne Boleyn was involved with or linked to. In Part 1, I look at the negotiations to marry Anne Boleyn off to James Butler of Ireland, and then Anne’s romance with […]

13 May 1536 – A cross Henry Percy and a queen’s household broken up

| May 13, 2018

13 May 1536 – A cross Henry Percy and a queen’s household broken up

On this day in history, Saturday 13th May 1536, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland and a man with whom Queen Anne Boleyn had been romantically involved in the 1520s, wrote a rather exasperated letter to Thomas Cromwell. It appears from the letter that the matter of an alleged pre-contract between the earl and Anne Boleyn […]