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Jacquetta Woodville and Witchcraft by Susan Higginbotham

| July 5, 2013

Jacquetta Woodville and Witchcraft by Susan Higginbotham

The airing of the BBC adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen has sparked off many discussions regarding the Woodville women and their use of witchcraft. There has been a lot of confusion about it, particularly as Gregory said in one interview that Elizabeth Woodville’s mother, Jacquetta Woodville, was tried and found guilty of witchcraft, […]

The Other Boleyn Girl Effect

| June 3, 2013

The Other Boleyn Girl Effect

As you probably know, British TV channel BBC2 has been rather Tudor themed recently, airing some wonderful documentaries about Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VII, but what you may not know is that Saturday night (1st June) was a major Tudor ‘fest’. It started with A Tudor Feast at Christmas, then we had Henry […]

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

| May 24, 2013

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

I thought I’d write a review (well, more of a rundown) of the BBC2 programme The Last Days of Anne Boleyn for those of you who missed it or are unable to see it. I sat scribbling notes as fast as I could and I hope this makes sense! The programme flitted between a narrator […]

Richard Roose Boiled to Death – 5 April 1531

| April 5, 2011

Richard Roose Boiled to Death – 5 April 1531

On this day in history, 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), Bishop John Fisher’s cook, was boiled to death after confessing to poisoning the soup* that was served to the Bishop and his guests. Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester, survived but some of his guests, who’d eaten more of the soup, died. People were […]

Anne Boleyn and The Other Boleyn Girl

| September 22, 2010

Anne Boleyn and The Other Boleyn Girl

My inspiration for this article comes from a discussion we’ve been having on The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page, regarding the inaccuracies of the movie and novel “The Other Boleyn Girl”, and from the many emails I receive asking me my thoughts on Philippa Gregory’s portrayal of Anne Boleyn. What concerns me about the emails […]

The Sexualization of Anne Boleyn

| August 25, 2010

The Sexualization of Anne Boleyn

sexualize, sexualise vb 1. to make or become sexual or sexually aware 2. to give or acquire sexual associations sexualization , sexualisation n1 This post has been inspired by my good friends at the History Police Facebook Group2 (thanks, Lauren!) and a discussion thread on that page regarding the sexualization of historical characters, characters such […]

****NEWSFLASH – “The White Queen” is Book of the Month” – NEWSFLASH****

| August 5, 2009

****NEWSFLASH – “The White Queen” is Book of the Month” – NEWSFLASH****

Just to let you know that Philippa Gregory’s new novel “The White Queen”, due out on 18th August, is The Anne Boleyn Files “Book of the Month”. Click here to read my review of this book which tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville and her marriage to Edward IV. The publisher of “The White Queen”, […]

Book of the Month August

| August 5, 2009

Book of the Month August

August’s Book of the Month is the long awaited Philippa Gregory novel “The White Queen” which I’ve had the pleasure to read and review, courtesy of Simon and Schuster UK – thanks! The White Queen by Philippa Gregory – Out 18th August! Historical fiction fans all round the world are eagerly awaiting publication of this […]