Off with her Head – History Channel Podcast

| January 12, 2021

Off with her Head – History Channel Podcast

I’m honoured to have been interviewed for this week’s History Channel “HISTORY This Week” podcast on my favourite subject, Anne Boleyn. A big thank you to the History Channel for asking me. The podcast is available now on your favourite podcast platform (in English speaking countries). Here’s the blurb and a few links for you: […]

Was Anne Boleyn a commoner?

| January 8, 2021

Anne Boleyn became King Henry VIII’s official queen consort following their marriage in 1533, and it’s often said that she was a commoner and even an ambitious social climber. But what class of society did Anne Boleyn fit into really? Was Anne Boleyn an aristocrat? A noble? Or was she a commoner? In this edition […]

11 October 1532 – An important trip for Anne Boleyn

| October 11, 2020

On this day in history, 11th October 1532, Anne Boleyn, sweetheart of Henry VIII and a woman who’d just been made Marquess of Pembroke, set off on an important trip. Anne Boleyn was accompanying the king, acting as his consort, on a trip to Calais to meet King Francis I of France. Henry VIII wanted […]

2 October – Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor and William Tyndale

| October 2, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd October 1514, Henry VIII’s beloved youngest sister, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, set sail from Dover. She was on her way to France to marry fifty-two-year-old King Louis XII of France. She wasn’t keen on the idea, but her brother had promised that when Louis died, she could marry a […]

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is elevated to the peerage

| September 1, 2020

The 1st September 1532 was a very important day for Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s sweetheart, for it was on this day in history that she was elevated to the peerage in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle. Not only was Anne created Marquess of Pembroke, she was also made a very wealthy woman, and […]

Happy St Anne’s Day!

| July 26, 2020

Today, 26th July, is the feast day of St Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ. Happy St Anne’s Day to any Annes or Annas out there! Have a wonderful day! St Anne was very important to Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth […]

Thomas Boleyn’s loss is Thomas Cromwell’s gain

| July 2, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd July 1536, Thomas Cromwell, the king’s right-hand man, was formally appointed Lord Privy Seal. The previous holder of the office had been Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, who’d been stripped of the office following the falls of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord […]

Henry Percy – sweetheart of Anne Boleyn

| June 29, 2020

Henry Percy – sweetheart of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 29th June 1537, just over a year after the execution of his former sweetheart, Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry Algernon Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland, died at around the age of thirty-five. Percy had been ill for some time, and had actually collapsed after he sat in judgement on Anne […]