A Waiting Game at Greenwich

The beginning 1533 was a golden time for Anne Boleyn. She was at the zenith of her power. On 25 January in a secret early morning ceremony over the Holbien Gate at Whitehall we have the only recorded marriage service between Henry and Anne. Then over four splendid days at the end of May and…

Anne Boleyn, Hunter or Hunted?

People often ask; how did Anne, a Knight’s daughter manage to get the King of England to set aside his wife of 24 years radically changing the country’s religious governance in the process? Amongst other theories there are two main schools of thought in relation to Anne’s involvement with Henry. Either she is described as…

Wife, Spinster or Nun…?

Anne Boleyn lived in a time when there were few defined choices for women. Those born into royalty or great families were either married, remained childless spinsters or took religious orders. The notion of an independent woman would have been thought of as ridiculous and unnatural. Daughters were lawfully the property of their fathers until…

Lady Anne Will Be My Queen

When Anne Boleyn joined Henry VIII’s court in the early 1520s she wowed the English with her style, dress and mannerisms. The contemporary observer Lancelot de Carles was quoted as saying ‘no one would ever have taken her to be English by her manner, but a native-born Frenchwoman’. Another unnamed source said “…and everyday made…