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Anne Boleyn Questions – Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers?

| February 11, 2019

Anne Boleyn Questions – Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers?

The question “Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers?” always makes me smile, although I know that the asker means six fingers on one hand! The idea that Anne Boleyn had an extra finger is so prevalent. I see it coming up all the time on social media and it also appears in historical novels, as […]

Anne Boleyn questions – Did Anne Boleyn miscarry a deformed foetus?

| January 29, 2019

On this day in history, 29th January 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn suffered a tragic miscarriage. It is often said that she miscarried a deformed foetus, or even a “monster”, but is this true? In my latest “Anne Boleyn questions” video talk, which you will find below, I take a look at what the contemporary sources […]

Was Anne Boleyn charged with witchcraft? No!

| October 31, 2018

Was Anne Boleyn charged with witchcraft? No!

Repeat after me: “Anne Boleyn was not charged with witchcraft” – well done! This topic was one that came up recently when I asked for your questions about Anne Boleyn, and it’s one that reared its ugly head today on Facebook because one historic place (I won’t name them!) shared a Halloween fact today, stating […]

To Justify or Not to Justify, That is the Theory

| April 28, 2017

To Justify or Not to Justify, That is the Theory

Thank you to Clare Cherry for writing this guest article for us today. I know Clare is very concerned about how some theories and myths crop up so regularly that they are taken as facts, and yet many of them have very little basis. Goodness knows how many times I’ve had to correct the idea […]

Was Anne Boleyn in love with Henry Norris?

| April 12, 2017

Was Anne Boleyn in love with Henry Norris?

Yes, you read that right! That is the question I’m posing today – Was Anne Boleyn in love with her husband’s friend and groom of the stool, Henry Norris? It’s an article that I’ve been working on, on and off for a while, but decided to finish it after it was brought up on a […]

Hayley Nolan and Anne Boleyn Home Truths

| March 30, 2017

Hayley Nolan and Anne Boleyn Home Truths

I’ve been in contact with Hayley Nolan via Twitter because I’ve been following some of the vlogs she’s been sharing there on Anne Boleyn, the Boleyns and Henry VIII – a shared interest! Hayley created the History Review podcast series as a platform to discuss a new modern analysis of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. […]

29 January 1536 – A sad day

| January 29, 2017

On the day of the burial of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, at Peterborough Abbey, Queen Anne Boleyn miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months” at Greenwich Palace. It is an event which has become surrounded by myths, with some claiming that Anne Boleyn miscarried a monstrous baby […]

Fact? by Clare Cherry

| August 3, 2016

Fact? by Clare Cherry

Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, discusses the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. There are many ‘known’ ‘facts’ which aren’t actually facts at all. A lot of what we think we know comes from urban myth, old wives tales, mistake, assumption, exaggeration, etc. etc. There are […]