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Sexuality and its Impact on History – Guest Post by Judith Arnopp

| April 16, 2018

Sexuality and its Impact on History – Guest Post by Judith Arnopp

Thank you to author Judith Arnopp for joining us today on the Anne Boleyn Files with this wonderful guest post. Judith is one of the authors of the new collaborative book Sexuality and its Impact on History which is published by Pen & Sword. Over to Judith… I’ve been interested in history all my life, […]

World Poetry Day 2017

| March 21, 2017

World Poetry Day 2017

A Facebook post by the BBC has just alerted me to the fact that it is World Poetry Day today. How can I be a literature lover and not know that? Oh dear! I love so many poems, but because I have a rather soft spot for Thomas Wyatt the Elder I will share one […]

5 May 1536 – Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Richard Page and Sir Francis Bryan

| May 5, 2016

5 May 1536 – Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Richard Page and Sir Francis Bryan

You may have heard that five men were executed on 17th May 1536 after being found guilty of high treason for sleeping with Queen Anne Boleyn and plotting with her to kill the King, but did you know that three other men were implicated in her fall? These men were Anne’s relative, Sir Francis Bryan; […]

11 October 1542 – Death of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder

| October 11, 2014

11 October 1542 – Death of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder

On this day in history, 11th October 1542, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, poet and diplomat, died at Clifton Maybank House, the home of his friend Sir John Horsey, in Sherborne Dorset. He had been complaining of severe headaches since 1539 and he was just 39 years old at the time of his death. You […]

Anne Boleyn’s Love Life prior to Henry VIII: Henry Percy and Thomas Wyatt

| September 19, 2014

Before Anne Boleyn became romantically involved with Henry VIII, her name was linked to two courtiers: Henry Percy, son of the Earl of Northumberland and a member of Cardinal Wolsey’s household, and Thomas Wyatt the Elder, the famous Tudor poet. I want to share with you today two videos I did as sample “Claire Chats” […]

5 May 1536 – More Arrests

| May 5, 2014

5 May 1536 – More Arrests

On 5th May 1536, Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Elder, the renowned court poet, and Sir Richard Page, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, were arrested and imprsoned in the Tower of London. There were now 8 prisoners in the Tower of London in the coup against the Boleyns: Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir […]

17 May 1536 – Five Executions on Tower Hill

| May 17, 2013

17 May 1536 – Five Executions on Tower Hill

“These bloody days have broken my heart”, wrote the famous Tudor poet, Thomas Wyatt, after witnessing the executions of the five men, and then Anne Boleyn, from his prison in the Tower of London’s Bell Tower. Those days of May 1536 were indeed “bloody” and the 17th May saw the executions of five men, all […]

5 May 1536 – More Men in the Tower of London

| May 5, 2013

5 May 1536 – More Men in the Tower of London

By 5th May 1536, two further arrests had taken place: courtier, poet and diplomat Sir Thomas Wyatt, and Sir Richard Page, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. Neither man was named in the indictments of May 1536 and they were subsequently released. You can find out more about Page in my article Sir Richard Page […]