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21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

| April 21, 2016

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

On 21st April 1509, at 11pm, King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, died at Richmond Palace. He had ruled for over twenty-three years, since defeating Richard III and his troops at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485. Click here to read about his death. Henry VII’s death was kept secret for a […]

1 March – The Feast Day of St David, Dewi Sant

| March 1, 2016

1 March – The Feast Day of St David, Dewi Sant

Happy St David’s Day! Yes, 1st March is the feast day of St David (Dewi Sant), the patron saint of Wales. Why am I posting about that on the Anne Boleyn Files? I hear you ask. Well, one reason is that I’m half Welsh and my Welsh roots are important to me, but the main […]

All About Henry VII by Amy Licence

| February 22, 2016

All About Henry VII by Amy Licence

Following on from her wonderful children’s book on Richard III (All About Richard III), historian Amy Licence has just released All About Henry VII, a children’s book aimed at the 7-11 age group. I’ve had a play with the interactive kindle book and it’s great – you can just look at the illustrations or you […]

18 January 1486 – Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

| January 18, 2016

18 January 1486 – Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

On 18th January 1486, just under five months after his victory at the Battle of Bosworth, twenty-nine year-old King Henry VII married twenty year-old Elizabeth of York, daughter and eldest child of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Westminster Abbey. The service was conducted by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry had been crowned on […]

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Winchester

| September 20, 2015

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Winchester

“Afore one o’clock after midnight” on 20th September 1486, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to a son at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester. The royal court had arrived in Winchester in early September. They had travelled there because Henry VII had wanted his first child to be born in […]

22 August 1485 – Battle of Bosworth

| August 22, 2015

22 August 1485 – Battle of Bosworth

On this day in history, the 22nd August 1485, in rural Leicestershire near Market Bosworth, the armies of King Richard III and Henry Tudor faced each other in a battle that would see the death of the King and the beginning of a new dynasty: the Tudor dynasty. You can read more about the battle […]

9 May 1509 – Henry VII’s body was taken to St Paul’s

| May 9, 2015

9 May 1509 – Henry VII’s body was taken to St Paul’s

On this day in 1509, the body of Henry VII was taken from Richmond Palace to St Paul’s. Here’s an account by James Peller Malcolm (1767-1815) in Londinium redivivum:- “On the 9th of May, 1509, the body of Henry VII. was placed in a chariot, covered with black cloth of gold, which was drawn by […]

Writing about the Tudors by Judith Arnopp

| March 3, 2015

Writing about the Tudors by Judith Arnopp

Thank you to historical novelist Judith Arnopp for stopping by The Anne Boleyn Files to share news of her latest book release and to tell us more about her writing. I loved Judith’s The Winchester Goose, so I’m looking forward to reading this one. Over to Judith… I’ve read about the Tudors since I was […]