Martin Luther and Anne Boleyn

| January 3, 2012

Martin Luther and Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 3rd January 1521, Pope Leo X issued the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem excommunicating Reformer, German priest and professor of theology Martin Luther from the Catholic Church. The Pope had asked Luther to retract his Ninety-Five Theses (full name: The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences or […]

“Anne Boleyn on Trial Again” – Eric Ives on G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions”

| October 21, 2011

“Anne Boleyn on Trial Again” – Eric Ives on G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions”

Professor Eric Ives has just published his review of G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions” in the October edition of “The Journal of Ecclesiastical History” and it’s a wonderful read and well worth downloading from the Cambridge Journals website. As you may know, Bernard and Ives have never seen eye to eye on Anne […]

Are the Religious Divisions of Tudor Times Still Alive Today?

| June 10, 2011

Are the Religious Divisions of Tudor Times Still Alive Today?

I’m not sure what it is about Fridays but I always seem to be getting on my soapbox on Fridays and here I am again ready to fight the world and shout my opinion from the roof tops (or my soapbox or high horse!)! Today’s rant was sparked off by an email I received from […]

Anne Boleyn’s Execution – Is there an Explanation for her Scaffold Courage?

| April 21, 2011

Anne Boleyn’s Execution – Is there an Explanation for her Scaffold Courage?

Dr Sarah Morris, who is writing a novel on Anne Boleyn, has written a guest post for the On the Tudor Trail website arguing that Anne Boleyn’s “incredible courage and profound serenity in the face of her imminent oblivion” could be the result of a phenomenon which Steve Taylor, a transpersonal psychologist, calls Suffering Induced […]

Anne Boleyn: The Myths and Bad History

| July 26, 2010

Anne Boleyn: The Myths and Bad History

There was an interesting article in Saturday’s Daily Mail entitled “Anne Boleyn, harlot or heroine? Was she a scheming sexual predator, or a brave reformer who changed Britain for ever?” about Anne Boleyn, the myths surrounding her and Howard Brenton’s new play “Anne Boleyn” which is being performed at The Globe. While I applaud Brenton […]

George Boleyn, Religion and the Reformation

| April 16, 2010

George Boleyn, Religion and the Reformation

I’ve recently written about Anne Boleyn, her personal faith and her role in the Reformation, but let’s not forget her “partner in crime”, the man she bounced ideas off, the man she discussed theology and the new learning with, and the man who fell from grace when she did: George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. At this […]

Easter in Tudor Times

| April 2, 2010

Easter in Tudor Times

I love Easter here in rural Spain because I feel they celebrate the true meaning of Easter. I love Easter eggs as much as the next person, but I really enjoy the processions here and the way that Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection are remembered. Before I dash out to see the Good Friday procession, I […]

Anne Boleyn and the Reformation

| March 29, 2010

Anne Boleyn and the Reformation

It seems fitting during Holy Week to look at Anne Boleyn’s role in the English Reformation. However, one of the mysteries surrounding Anne Boleyn is what Anne herself believed, i.e. her own personal faith, and what her role in the English Reformation actually was. Historians just can’t seem to agree! In his report, “Anne Boleyn’s […]