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 […]

An Indelible Impact

| February 17, 2011

An Indelible Impact

The life and death of Anne Boleyn made an indelible impact on history that continues to this day. She was the most controversial queen England ever had, and one of the most fascinating women of all time. Her intelligence, ambition and charm captured the heart of a king. The course of their relationship altered the […]

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 […]

And if any person will meddle…

| February 17, 2011

And if any person will meddle…

“And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best” – Anne Boleyn Through the time Anne has been mentioned by people, kings, queens, historians, kids and movies. What this entire people have in common? The doubt. Anne absolutely is a source of questions that maybe will never be […]

Did the life of Anne Boleyn make an impact on history?

| February 17, 2011

Did the life of Anne Boleyn make an impact on history?

When I was very small I was told by my grandmother that the things that fascinate us in this life are the clues to our past lives. An interest in England has afflicted everyone in my family because England is where our some of our ancestors came from, but when I first saw a portrait […]