6th October 1536 – Remembering William Tyndale’s Execution

| October 6, 2011

6th October 1536 – Remembering William Tyndale’s Execution

On this day in history, 6th October 1536… Traditional date given to the execution of reformer, scholar and Bible translator, William Tyndale. Tyndale, whose works include “The Obedience of a Christian Man” (a book Anne Boleyn shared with Henry VIII), had incurred the wrath of Henry VIII after the publication of his “The Practyse of […]

24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of the Huguenots

| August 24, 2011

24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of the Huguenots

On this day in history, 24th August 1572, during the reign of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s daughter Elizabeth I, 3,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were massacred in Paris and a further 7,000 in the provinces. A bloody day in French history and the Reformation. You can read all about the events of August 1572 in […]

23 August 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Visit Little Sodbury Manor

| August 23, 2011

23 August 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Visit Little Sodbury Manor

On this day in history, 23rd August 1535, following their visit to Nicholas Poyntz’s home, Acton Court, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII visited the Walsh family at Little Sodbury Manor in the village of Little Sodbury, South Gloucestershire. As Nasim Tadghighi explained in her article on Acton Court – see Acton Court, Henry VIII and […]

21 August 1535 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Visit Acton Court

| August 21, 2011

21 August 1535 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Visit Acton Court

On this day in history, 21st August 1535, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visited Nicholas Poyntz at his home, Acton Court, in South Gloucestershire. This summer progress, as well as getting the royal couple out of smelly London with its risk of Plague, was a chance for the couple to promote the Reformation and […]

16 July 1546 – Anne Askew Burned at the Stake

| July 16, 2011

16 July 1546 – Anne Askew Burned at the Stake

On the 16th July 1546 the Protestant martyrs Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian were burned at the stake at Smithfield in London for heresy. Those of you who read my article “18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Sentenced to Death” will know that Anne was illegally racked in the Tower of […]

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 […]

Her Name Echoes Through History

| February 17, 2011

Her Name Echoes Through History

Anne Boleyn is most certainly one of history’s most famous people. Of course her name echoes through history; she was a magnetic, charming and intelligent woman centuries ahead of her time. Her life and death changed the world as we know it. Absolutely amazing how a woman, less than a person in those times, could […]

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 […]