What questions do you have about Anne Boleyn?

Posted By on January 29, 2020

I’ve been doing a “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series on the Anne Boleyn Files & Tudor Society YouTube Channel and so far I’ve done 23 videos:

  • Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn?
  • January 24 – Henry VIII’s jousting accident – just how serious was it?
  • Did Anne Boleyn miscarry a deformed foetus?
  • Who was Mary Boleyn?
  • Mary Boleyn: Mistress of two kings?
  • Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers?
  • Jane Boleyn – Did she help bring down Anne Boleyn?
  • Did Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn have an unnatural relationship?
  • What did Anne Boleyn look like?
  • Did Anne Boleyn have any pets?
  • Mary Boleyn – Is there more to know?
  • Was Anne Boleyn a homewrecker?
  • Was Anne Boleyn charged with witchcraft?
  • Did Anne Boleyn get sweating sickness?
  • Did Anne Boleyn have much of a relationship with Elizabeth I?
  • Was Anne Boleyn sent abroad because of her scandalous behaviour?
  • Was Anne Boleyn involved with any other men? (in 2 parts)
  • Anne Boleyn’s Books of Hours
  • Was Anne Boleyn a wicked stepmother?
  • Boleyn or Bullen – What was Anne Boleyn’s real name?
  • Did Anne Boleyn steal Henry Carey from Mary Boleyn?
  • The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

Those videos were based on questions that you Anne Boleyn Files followers asked me, and now I’d like to know if you have any other Anne Boleyn questions (or Boleyn family questions) that you’d like answered. Do let me know by sharing your question in the comments section below this post and I might just answer the question in a video soon!

You can browse the Questions about Anne Boleyn playlist here.

56 thoughts on “What questions do you have about Anne Boleyn?”

  1. Polly says:

    Hi Claire

    Would love to see a video on the (slight) possibility of George’s illegitimate child, and Anne’s relationship with her father and the myths of him being a “pimp”

    In fact s video on the real Thomas boleyn would be great!

    Also perhaps looking at Anne’s clothing and possible hygiene/grooming

    Look forward to hopefully seeing your take soon!

  2. Judy says:

    I have been intrigued by Lady Bridget Wingfield and the letter that Anne Boleyn wrote to her. The letter was used against Anne at her trial and I know that the historical records are scanty regarding Bridget Wingfield. I was wondering if anything has come to light recently.

  3. Marion Smith says:

    Dear Claire,
    I heard mention in a documentary on the Tudor times that Anne Boleyn was (wholly) responsible for cardinal Wolsey’s downfall…is this correct?
    Love your videos on the Tudor times! Please make many more! 🙂

  4. I might be wrong did Thomas Cromwell have something to do with Anne’s death.

  5. You have answered so many questions!!!
    My questions is, do you think Anne Boleyn had a marriage contract with Henry Percy and do you think Anne later took vengeance on Cardinal Wolsey for breaking up their relationship? Was this vengeance part of the reason Wolsey fell from power? Was Henry attracted to Anne when the relationship was broken up or was it strictly because Percy was contracted to someone else or because of his status, he needed to make a better marriage than with Anne? I think I asked more than one question!…LOL

  6. Jennifer Rose says:

    Thank you for all of your Anne Boleyn questions you have answered so far! I was curious a bit about seeing how you would feel about making a “what if” video? What I mean by that is I like to ask myself what would have happened if this event didn’t occur or would have occurred.

    My question is “What, in your opinion, do you think would have happened with Henry VIII, England and all other subjects if Anne had actually produced a male heir for Henry that lived and was healthy?” How do you think that would have changed the course of history?

    I’ve thought to myself several times about how would England be much different if Catherine of Aragon’s male children that she lost if they survived and lived to be healthy how that would have shaped even our world today.

    1. Carol Hornby Clements says:

      We got Elizabeth from Anne and she was the greatest queen ever in my eyes.

  7. A review about a new book about Thomas Wyatt called Anne his “lover.” What evidence is there of this? I thought even with Henry Percy there’s a question about they’re being physical lovers — even though there’s pretty good evidence of a romance. But I didn’t think that was a consideration with Wyatt, other than the poems he wrote. What do you think?

    1. Pat A derson says:

      Yes, I would like to know more about the Anne and Percy relationship.

      1. There’s a great deal written about it both in the novels about AB and in the works of historians like David ives. But for a quick summary, you could try Wikipedia or Tudor history web sites.

        1. Banditqueen says:

          I believe you mean Eric Ives. Josephine Wilkinson wrote about both relationships in her book The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn.

          Wikipedia is not reliable. It’s full of errors and unreliable sources. Its also edited by just about anyone. Yes, it has good links but is still full of errors. Stick to reliable sites backed up by sources. There are a number of articles on this site for example.

  8. Maggie Boleyn says:

    What kind of father was Thomas Boleyn? Does he really deserve the “procurer / pimp” reputation, or was he just your average ambitious courtier?
    Many thanks for your wonderful videos, books, and posts!

    1. Maggie Boleyn says:

      Very, very sorry. I had overlooked this post before asking my question. Thanks again for your wonderful website.

  9. Sarah Purcell says:

    Hi- love your site. I’ve been hinking about her last miscarriage and wondered if there were any factions who might have tried to make it happen, especially as feelings must have been running high after Katherine’s death. Chapuys writes that the Princess Mary’s ladies were questioned about it. Why? Also, the fire in her bedchamber Do we have a date for that? I know that, unfortunately, there are many reasons a woman might miscarry, but knowing the reasons the Tudors belived, I can’t help having suspicons.

  10. Donna Ford says:

    Besides English and French, what other languages did Anne speak?

  11. Banditqueen says:

    Holla, just a question about the sort of stress Anne appeared to show sometimes after losing a child?
    Anne showed certain erratic symptoms during 1534 and in 1535 when she was babbling about wishing Katherine and Mary dead. We now know these were not typical and her family were concerned for her state of mind and dangerous talk.
    It seems to me at least one incident followed a possible miscarriage in the Summer of 1534 and Anne was saying she feared she couldn’t conceive again while they both lived. She was very disturbed and upset.

    I have asked this before but it was never answered. Here is my question.

    Claire, do you believe it is possible that Anne Boleyn suffered post birth depression? Did she have what we call the baby blues or signs of any psychosis around conception?

    Many thanks,

    LynMarie Banditqueen

  12. Cora Sutherland says:

    Do you think that there was any remorse by Henry V!!! that he executed Anne? Or, that he was aware, and appreciative of, the absolute conspiracy and false accusations that were put forward to make that execution legitimate in his eyes?

  13. Rose Kinard says:

    I would like to know the differences in the education that Anne received versus the education of others in her social class and also the education received by others in other social classes.

  14. Arlene Kagle says:

    How long was Anne in labor with Elizabeth. She seems so small, it seems likely it was a difficult labor.

    Love your site.

  15. Katherine says:

    Do we know what books were being passed around the French court, during Anne’s time there?

  16. Lisa H says:

    Hello Claire,

    What do we know of Anne’s secret betrothal to Henry Percy?

  17. Christine says:

    Hi Claire do you think there be some truth in Anne’s alleged lineage to the early Count’s of Boulogne ? Thank you.

  18. Ellen says:

    Did Henry VIII father Catherine Carey ?

  19. Carol Hornby Clements says:

    Can you confirm that the swordsman from France was booked 2 weeks before she was beheaded?

  20. Marcela says:

    Hi Claire!
    If there are no surviving contemporary portraits of Anne, what would be the story of the necklace? Did it really exist?
    Thanks, saludos

  21. Bella Zardini says:

    Hello Claire!
    I’m not really sure if my question fits in the style of videos you’re making for this series, but I would very much like to know your thoughts on the west end musical “Six”. Is it accurate? How well was Anne portrayed? Overall, I wanted to know if you liked it or thought it was a good adaptation.

    Thank for being so active on this community, your blog is a true gem!


  22. Dorothy Willis says:

    I would like to know more about Anne’s reading. What books did she have? What subjects was she interested in?

    I have heard she was quicker at math than her husband. Is this true? I am beginning to think Elizabeth inherited a lot of her intelligence from her mother.

  23. TudorRose143 says:

    Hi! I got a few questions actually.

    Did Mary ever see Ann before her death?

    What happened to her father during the death of both Ann and George?

    was the swordsman from France purposely late? Or did someone try to intervene on her behalf?

    Did Henry VIII regret killing Ann?

    I bet I’ll have more later!

    Thanks Clair!

  24. Tina says:

    HI Clair,
    I have always been curious about the extent of the work Anne did for the poor during her reign? I have heard very contrasting opinions. If original sources are limited on this subject what might you think?

    1. Dorothy Willis says:

      Good idea! I seem to remember hearing she tried to get Henry to set something up to help replace the social services (for want of a better term) the monastic system had provided. I’d like to know more.

  25. Anira says:

    Hi Claire, I’d like to know your thoughts about the various years of birth suggested for Anne.

  26. Anira says:

    What about Anne’s year of birth?

    1. Anira says:

      Oops, sorry about the double question. I was being blocked, for some reason…

  27. Tara Ball says:

    What was an average day in the life of Anne Boleyn, as Queen, like?

    Who were Anne’s closest friends/companions and why?

    Who were her enemies and why?

  28. Corinna says:

    Who were Anne Boleyn’s favourite ladies-in-waiting/maids of honour?
    Was Margaret Wyatt, Lady Lee ever part of her household?

  29. Emily says:

    Hi Claire,

    Two things that I often think about in regards to Anne!

    1. Do we know what happened to her personal possessions (clothing, jewelry, etc) after she died, such as the “B” necklace, etc.? It would be nice to have a video discussing the 16th century concepts of clothing being re-used, passed around, written into wills, etc.

    2. I would love to have an in-depth video examining contemporary, partisan (read: benevolent!) sources that commented on Anne’s personality – we often wonder what she looked like or about her relationships with Henry Percy and Henry Tudor and we have some idea of who she was based on some sources, but it would be interesting to analyze what she really like based on what we know legitimately.

    Thanks so much and I adore your videos!! 8)

  30. Melissa Benajmia says:

    Elizabeth the first had a locket of Anne Boleyn her mom. How did she get that locket? What is its provenance?

  31. Banditqueen says:

    I recently read that Sir Francis Bryan had a son by his second wife, Joan Fitzgerald, daughter of the Earl of Desmond, born in 1549,_one year before his death. I also read of an illegitimate son, but they could be the same person.
    His son is speculated about on several sites as a number of people believe they are his direct descendants and that his name was Francis Bryan, changed to Bryant who married an Anne Smith an ancestor of Daniel Booth.

    My question is….Did Francis Bryan really have a son and what happened to him?

  32. Claire Reese says:

    Hi Claire,
    Love this site! Question, after Anne Bolyns death what was the relationship like between her father and her sister in law (her brother’s wife). They both lived through it all and suffered great loss – did they comfort each other? Remain family?

  33. Teresa O says:

    I have an indirect question that pertains to Anne Boleyn in a historical fiction way. i’m curious what you think about Hilary Mantel’s books: Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, & her newest The Mirror and the Light. I love reading historical novels, but not if they are slanted in a direction that does not support primary sources &/or factual evidence.

  34. Dorothy Willis says:

    I would also be interested in Claire’s opinion of such books.

  35. Banditqueen says:

    Is Anne’s Letter from the Tower, the Lady in the Tower Letter, authentic?
    Is the last letter of Katherine of Aragon to Henry Viii authentic?

  36. Christine says:

    I would like to know what Anne’s favourite dishes were and drink, years ago I was looking at a recipe for little cakes and it mentioned they were said to be a favourite of Anne Boleyn, no source was mentioned but it did intrigue me, I have often wondered if you have any knowledge of her special culinary delights ?

  37. rose says:

    was there any way anne could have escaped her fate? could she have gone in disguise like mary queen of scots and left before May day 1536

  38. Dorothy Willis says:

    I have said it before, but I will mention it again, I would like to know how people near to the victims coped with all these unjust executions and power/property grabs. Did any of them retire from court? Did any of them hold a grudge and take a chance for revenge later? I know there is hardly ever any evidence, but I have always thought there must have been a lot of hard feelings despite all that nonsense about “a good and gentle king.”

  39. rose says:

    why was the queen’s palace at the tower demolished 60 years after cromwell spent one million pounds on it? and where do I find answers to the above questions?

  40. Carol Hornby Clements says:

    I wold like to know if it’s true that Henry ordered the swordsman from Calais 2 weeks before Anne died. I read it somewhere in the past. Can you confirm this?

  41. Kimberly says:

    Was Anne Boleyn ever allowed outside while she was in the tower awaiting trail and later execution? Did she remain inside except for going to and from her “trial”?

  42. Arlene Lerner says:

    We know Anne was an excellent horsewoman. Did Anne only ride side saddle? That seems unlikely to keep up with Henry. .

    1. Dorothy Willis says:

      Apparently women were able to ride very well using a side saddle. For accounts of women riding and keeping up with the men I would recommend the 19th century novels of Anthony Trollope. He was an enthusiastic hunter and knew what he was talking about and his novels are full of ladies who have no trouble keeping up with the hunt. I would also recommend Agatha Christie’s Autobiography for information about riding from a woman who rode both side saddle and astride in her lifetime. She felt more secure on a side saddle!

      1. Arlene Lerner says:

        Thank you. I liked the idea that Anne split her skirt so she could ride faster in the saddle and out. However, I bow to your expertise.

  43. Phil Crawford says:

    I think Thomas Cromwell had something to do with Anne’s death I might be wrong also think she was framed

    1. Dorothy Willis says:


  44. Phil Crawford says:

    Hi Claire I like the book the life and death of Anne Boleyn what I read so far it is really good it is by Eric ives

  45. Andrea says:

    Hi Claire,
    Do you think that Anne was at blame for the miscarriages suffered after Elizabeth or do you believe it was something to do with Henry? If so what genetic defect do you think it was?

  46. Arlene Lerner says:

    Where did Anne get the money for the diamond on the gold boat she gifted Henry?

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