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Anne Boleyn’s Girdle Book by Sandra Vasoli

| November 13, 2018

Thank you so much to author Sandra Vasoli for this guest article on the beautiful British Library girdle book that has been linked to Anne Boleyn. Sandi is the author of Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower: A New Assessment and the Je Anne Boleyn novels. Snuggled on a bed of faded rose velvet lies […]

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings – Libraries Gave Us Power

| January 24, 2012

Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings – Libraries Gave Us Power

Last night was the final episode in the wonderful BBC4 series “Illuminations: The Private Lives of Kings”, in which Dr Janina Ramirez examined illuminated manuscripts from the royal collection in the British Library, and last night it was on the 15th and 16th centuries – yay! The programme opened with Ramirez looking at a beautiful […]

Anne Boleyn and the Wyatt Prayer Book – The Prayers of Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2010

Anne Boleyn and the Wyatt Prayer Book – The Prayers of Anne Boleyn?

In 1873, Robert Marsham edited and described a manuscript owned by his brother, Charles Marsham, 3rd Earl of Romney, in “On a Manuscript Book of Prayers in a Binding of Gold Enamelled, said to have been given by Queen Anne Boleyn to a lady of the Wyatt Family: together with a Transcript of its Contents” […]

The Wyatt Prayer Book

| November 14, 2010

The Wyatt Prayer Book

There is a tradition that at her execution on the 19th May 1536, Anne Boleyn presented a member of the Wyatt family, thought to have been Lady Margaret Lee (sister of Thomas Wyatt and one of Anne’s ladies), with a prayer book. Unfortunately, this tradition is not backed up by contemporary sources and is not […]

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