Googling Anne Boleyn – Oh Dear!

| January 16, 2013

Googling Anne Boleyn – Oh Dear!

Thank you to my husband, Tim, for finding this and making me chuckle. Just a few minutes ago, Tim interrupted me to ask “How many children did Anne Boleyn have?”. I gave him a rather scathing look, thinking to myself “Where have I gone wrong with this man?”, when he asked me to bear with […]

Can We Really Know Anyone – Guest Article by Clare Cherry

| November 23, 2012

Can We Really Know Anyone – Guest Article by Clare Cherry

There is an enormous diversity of opinion when it comes to the characters of historical people. We take extant records, written nearly five-hundred years ago, often by those with a grudge, and try to establish what someone was like from sources which are often highly biased and prejudiced. Our opinions are sometimes formed by a […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – France by Sarah Bryson

| February 21, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – France by Sarah Bryson

Following on from her previous three posts on Mary Boleyn, Sarah Bryson considers Mary’s time in France… It is most commonly accepted that during her time in France Mary Boleyn became the mistress of King Francis I. During her time at the French court she reportedly gained a reputation for being a woman of loose […]

Mary Boleyn – Was She really the Mistress of Francis I?

| October 30, 2011

Mary Boleyn – Was She really the Mistress of Francis I?

As many of you know, I led a webinar on Thursday night for members of The Anne Boleyn Fellowship. The webinar, which was the second in my series on “The REAL Boleyns”, consisted of an hour long talk and slideshow on Mary Boleyn, based on my research into her life. I obviously won’t be sharing […]

Is History Being Re-written?

| September 30, 2011

Is History Being Re-written?

Further to my article last week about how historical characters are being shrouded in myth and the real facts are being lost, Anne Boleyn Files visitor, Jenny Brown, has just shared a very interesting BBC article with me. Entitled Is the internet re-writing history?, this article looks at the impact of online propaganda and conspiracy […]

Anne Boleyn, the Butler, the Chaplain and other such Poppycock!

| July 4, 2011

Anne Boleyn, the Butler, the Chaplain and other such Poppycock!

Claire is angry – watch out! Claire has got her soap box in hand and is about to get on to her high horse and is writing in the third person so something must have really ‘got her goat’, as they say in England. OK, so back to first person… I am soooooo annoyed. Eliza […]

An Homage to Historical Fiction – A Boleyn Spoof

| March 25, 2011

An Homage to Historical Fiction – A Boleyn Spoof

As we have been discussing representations of Anne Boleyn and also discussing historical fiction recently, one Anne Boleyn Files visitor wrote the following spoof featuring Anne and her brother, George, and poking fun at some of what has been written about them or seen on TV. Please share your thoughts on it. A Boleyn Spoof […]

The Imagined Face of Anne Boleyn

| February 17, 2011

The Imagined Face of Anne Boleyn

When considering a historical figure’s impact, we customarily look toward large, sweeping changes and try to sort out that person’s special role. Thanks to the painstaking work of Tudor historians, it is now certain that Anne Boleyn was a major catalyst for the cause of religious Reformation in England, that she helped introduce a new […]