Happy Valentine’s Day!

| February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your day is filled with love and joy whatever you’re doing today. To celebrate the day of love, I thought I’d share some resources with you that are related to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and their relationship, when it was happy! Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn by […]

When did Anne Boleyn say yes to Henry VIII?

| August 16, 2018

I’ve just come back from a two week holiday travelling through Spain and France to the UK, and while I was in the UK I was lucky enough to attend David Starkey’s talk “Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer” at the Festival Theatre at Hever Castle. It was a wonderful talk, both entertaining and educational, and […]

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

| February 14, 2017

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 […]

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

| February 14, 2015

If you haven’t noticed (quick, buy a card!), today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Contrary to what many people believe, Valentine’s Day was celebrated in Tudor England. Alison Sim, in her excellent book Pleasures & Pastimes in Tudor England writes of how it is mentioned three times in the Paston Letters (a collection […]

Anne’s Most Telling Piece of Jewelry – Guest Post by Brittany Frazza

| September 23, 2014

Today we have a guest article from student Brittany Frazza who is just about to embark on a PhD course – thank you Brittany! A strand of understated pearls with a gold ‘B’ pendant, adorned with three teardrop shaped pearls suspended from under the letter… It’s safe to say that Anne Boleyn is synonymous with […]

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

| September 17, 2014

The Tudors series would have us believe that Henry VIII first noticed Anne Boleyn at the Château Vert Pageant, just after Anne had made her debut at the English court, but the first solid evidence we have of Henry VIII being in love with Anne is Henry’s request to the Pope in August 1527 for […]

Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn by Sandra Vasoli

| June 13, 2014

Today we have a guest article from author Sandra Vasoli. I’ve known Sandi for a few years through The Anne Boleyn Files and I’m delighted to welcome her here to tell us all about her experience seeing Henry VIII’s love letters to Anne Boleyn. When Sandi told me about the letter Henry wrote to Anne […]

Henry VIII the Romantic Soul

| February 14, 2012

Romance may not be something you associate with King Henry VIII – tyranny: yes, romance: no – but Henry could be very romantic at times. How do I know? Well, I’ve read the love letters that he sent to Anne Boleyn and they are beautiful. Here are some lovey dovey extracts from the King of […]