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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

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 […]

17 May 1536 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is annulled

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is annulled

On the same day that George Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were executed on Tower Hill, the marriage of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was annulled. At a special court at Lambeth Palace, in the presence of Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor; Charles Brandon, […]

13 May 1536 – A pre-contract denied and a household broken up

| May 13, 2017

On this day in history, 13th May 1536, we have two significant events in the fall of Anne Boleyn. Firstly, we have the breaking up of the queen’s household. Queen Anne Boleyn had not even been tried yet, but four men had been found guilty of high treason for having sexual relations with her and […]

29 June – A busy day in Tudor England

| June 29, 2016

29 June – A busy day in Tudor England

As far as “on this day in history” events go, 29th June is a rather busy day in Tudor England. Here are the main events with links to articles you can read to find out more about them… 1509 – Lady Margaret Beaufort, grandmother of Henry VIII, mother of the late Henry VII and a […]

His Dear Bedfellow – The debate over Harry Percy

| January 28, 2016

His Dear Bedfellow – The debate over Harry Percy

My dear friend, historian and author Gareth Russell, has written an article for Tudor Life magazine which I know will be of real interest to Anne Boleyn Files followers and which you can all read as it’s part of the teaser/taster of the February magazine, available at https://www.tudorsociety.com/tudor-life-february-2016-taster/. Now, most of us are very well […]

13 May 1536 – Henry Percy won’t play ball

| May 13, 2015

13 May 1536 – Henry Percy won’t play ball

On this day in history, 13th May 1536, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, the man Anne Boleyn had hoped to marry in around 1523, wrote to Thomas Cromwell: “I perceive by Raynold Carnaby that there is supposed a pre-contract between the Queen and me; whereupon I was not only heretofore examined upon my oath before […]

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