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 […]

A court fool is rather foolish and Mary I gets married

| July 25, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 25th July 1535, the Feast of St James, the imperial ambassador wrote about a furious King Henry VIII who’d apparently been nearly driven to commit murder! What had angered the king? Well, it involved Henry VIII’s fool and some foolish name-calling. Find out more in my latest “on this […]

19 July – The Mary Rose and Mary Boleyn

| July 19, 2020

On this day in Tudor history, 19th July 1545, Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, sank right in front of his eyes in the Battle of the Solent between the English and French fleets. But why did the Mary Rose sink? In today’s “on this day” video, I share the various theories on the sinking […]

Need a reason to celebrate?

| March 25, 2020

As well as being a Tudor history buff, I’m a complete Potterhead and Rufus Scrimgeour’s words from the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows part 1” have been on my mind: “These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today…”. Yes, we’re in […]

Happy New Year 2020!

| January 1, 2020

Happy New Year to all Anne Boleyn Files followers! I hope you had a lovely time celebrating the New Year and that 2020 brings you lots of joy. Thank you for following this site and my work. How did people at the Tudor court celebrate New Year? Well, here’s my video from last year I’ve […]

Merry Christmas to you and yours

| December 25, 2019

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours from me, my family and pets. I hope you have a wonderful festive season. I thought I’d share with you my Christmas Day “on this day” video, which explains how the Tudors would have marked this day, as well as sharing an “on this day” event concerning […]

14 November – A wedding anniversary for Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 14th November and the Feast of St Erkenwald, there may have been two royal Tudor weddings. We know that Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, married Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, on […]

11 November – An important mission for George Boleyn and a move for Queen Catherine Howard

| November 11, 2019

11 November – An important mission for George Boleyn and a move for Queen Catherine Howard

On 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. The purpose of the diplomatic mission he was leading was to renew Anglo-French relations. George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, was chosen to meet the admiral and escort him from Dover to London. […]