The Boiling of Richard Roose – 5th April 1531

| April 5, 2013

The Boiling of Richard Roose – 5th April 1531

On this day in 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), Bishop John Fisher’s cook, was boiled to death after confessing to poisoning the soup (or porridge) 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 quick […]

Mary Boleyn – One Big Boleyn Myth

| February 19, 2013

Mary Boleyn – One Big Boleyn Myth

Let me tell you a story… Mary Boleyn was a classic English rose, taking after her mother’s side of the family, whose innocence was wrecked by her father and sister. Not only was she used and abused by the French king, Francis I, and his cronies, she was pimped out to the English king and […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Tree

| February 8, 2013

Anne Boleyn’s Family Tree

Genealogists, historians and researchers have been discussing Anne Boleyn’s roots for centuries and today there still does not seem to be a complete agreement over the origins of the Boleyns. I am no genealogy expert, but I’ve been researching the Boleyns for years now and this article is a presentation of my findings and a […]

The Boleyns and the Seymours by Clare Cherry

| May 24, 2012

The Boleyns and the Seymours by Clare Cherry

Today we have a guest post from Clare Cherry looking at the two families affected by the events of April and May 1536 and how they are viewed by people today. Thanks, Clare! The Boleyns and the Seymours The Boleyns came from humble beginnings. They were social climbers and upstarts who used their daughters to […]

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – The Fall of the Boleyns by Sarah Bryson

| April 10, 2012

Mary Boleyn the Unknown Sister – The Fall of the Boleyns by Sarah Bryson

Thank you again to Sarah Bryson from the Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History Page for the eighth part of her series on Mary Boleyn, I know that many of you are enjoying this examination of Mary’s life. On May 19th at approximately 9am Anne Boleyn, wearing a robe of grey damask trimmed with fur over […]

The Boleyns and Religion Webinar

| January 23, 2012

The Boleyns and Religion Webinar

This Thursday, the 26th January, I will be holding a webinar (online talk) for Anne Boleyn Fellowship members on “The Boleyns and Religion”. I will be exploring such questions as:- Were the Boleyns really “more Lutheran than Luther himself”? Was their faith personal or was it politically motivated? What evidence is there of their beliefs? […]

The Boleyns by David Loades is Released Today

| September 28, 2011

The Boleyns by David Loades is Released Today

Just a quick post to let you know that “The Boleyns: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Family” by historian David Loades is due to be released today in the UK, although the status on Amazon UK still says “pre-order this item today”. The product description on Amazon says:- “A magnificent tale of family […]

LIVE Webinar 22nd September 2011 – The Real Boleyns Part 1

| September 8, 2011

LIVE Webinar 22nd September 2011 – The Real Boleyns Part 1

I will be hosting a LIVE webinar on the 22nd September 2011, at 8pm Eastern time, and I would love you to join me. All you have to do is join “The Anne Boleyn Fellowship” (if you haven’t already!) and this will be included in your membership – join here. In the first in a […]