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 […]

Ash Wednesday and Lent in Tudor times

| February 26, 2020

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which in Tudor times was a time of fasting and prayer. In the latest edition of Teasel’s Tudor Trivia, Claire tells Teasel (and you!) all about what Tudor people did on Ash Wednesday and how Lent was marked in Tudor times.

Shrove Tuesday and Shrovetide in Tudor times

| February 25, 2020

It’s Shrove Tuesday today, the third day of Shrovetide, so I’ve been explaining to Teasel what’s behind the tradition of “Pancake Day”. Teasel thought this information would be just perfect for her “Teasel’s Tudor Trivia” series, so she persuaded me, with those lovely puppy dog eyes, to do this video with her. I do hope […]

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 […]

Halloween, Hallowtide, Witchcraft and Martin Luther

| October 31, 2019

Halloween, Hallowtide, Witchcraft and Martin Luther

Today, the 31st October, is of course All Hallows Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, the first day of Hallowtide. I’m marking the occasion with three videos – one about Hallowtide and how it was celebrated in Tudor times, one about superstition and witchcraft in the Tudor period, and another about an event that took […]

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

| June 24, 2019

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

Today is the feast day of St John the Baptist, an important celebration in the medieval and Tudor periods, with it coinciding with Midsummer, and a day that is still important in some Catholic countries. Fairies, fires, dancing, feasting and drinking were all part of the celebrations. In today’s extra “on this day in Tudor […]

Black Africans in Medieval England by Toni Mount

| May 3, 2019

Black Africans in Medieval England by Toni Mount

A very warm welcome to Toni Mount, who is visiting us here at the Anne Boleyn Files as part of her book tour for her latest book The Colour of Lies, which is fantastic! Over to Toni… In my latest Seb Foxley medieval murder mystery, The Colour of Lies, set in London in the 1470s, […]