March 31 – John Donne, the bell tolls for thee and King Henry VIII as King Ahab, Anne Boleyn as Jezebel

| March 31, 2022

March 31 – John Donne, the bell tolls for thee and King Henry VIII as King Ahab, Anne Boleyn as Jezebel

On this day in history, 31st March 1631, the Tudor and Stuart metaphysical poet, satirist, lawyer and clergyman John Donne died. Donne had an amazing career, going on voyages, serving as a royal chaplain and diplomat, and writing sermons, songs, satires and poetry, including an erotic poem, “The Flea”. Find out more about John Donne […]

30 November – Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech, and Henry VIII gets told off by Catherine of Aragon AND Anne Boleyn

| November 30, 2021

30 November – Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech, and Henry VIII gets told off by Catherine of Aragon AND Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 30th November 1601, sixty-eight-year-old Queen Elizabeth I delivered her famous Golden Speech to the House of Commons. In this final speech to Parliament, Elizabeth spoke of her position as Queen and her love and respect for her realm, her people, and for her members of Parliament. It was a […]

15 November – The death of Katherine of York and the Pope threatens Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| November 15, 2021

15 November – The death of Katherine of York and the Pope threatens Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 15th November 1527, a woman who called herself “the excellent Princess Katherine, Countess of Devon, daughter, sister and aunt of kings”, died at Tiverton Castle in Devon. Katherine of York, Countess of Devon, daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, was just forty-nine when she died and had […]

7 February 1526 – Declare I dare not

| February 7, 2019

7 February 1526 – Declare I dare not

On this day in Tudor history, 7th February 1526, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the annual Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The king jousted that day and he wore an interesting motto: “declare je n’ose”, or “declare I dare not”. What did this motto mean? Was the king in love? Was […]

Anne Boleyn Questions – Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn?

| January 18, 2019

Anne Boleyn Questions – Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn?

A few months ago, I asked you for questions about Anne Boleyn that you would like me to answer. Thank you for coming up with so many, and also for asking such interesting ones. I knew I could count on you! I decided that I’d do a series of videos answering a question at a […]

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, […]

25 April 1536 – A hopeful king

| April 25, 2017

25 April 1536 – A hopeful king

On this day in history, 25th April 1536, a day after the commissions of oyer and terminer had been set up by Thomas Audley, his Lord Chancellor, King Henry VIII wrote letters to his ambassadors abroad: Richard Pate in Rome, and Stephen Gardiner and John Wallop in Paris. In these letters, he referred to Anne […]

Valentine’s Day – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: A great love?

| February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: A great love?

Today is Valentine’s Day, the traditional day of romance. You can read all about Valentine’s Day itself in an article I wrote for the Tudor Society – click here – but here at the Anne Boleyn Files I want to ask you for your thoughts on Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. I want to ask […]