On The Brink of Disaster

It is a crisp and bright winter’s day and the King and most of the court are outside in the tiltyard enjoying the winter jousting. I would normally be in the stands to watch my husband take part in his favourite pastime, but today I am content to stay behind in my warm and cosy…

Queen Anne, Princess Elizabeth & A Difficult Question

I return from Mass this Sunday with a sense of gladness that I have not known for sometime. Nine days ago the Lord in his mercy finally freed England from suspicion and dishonesty by taking Katherine, Princess Dowager of Wales to his keeping. Although her sinful, lying and disobedient behaviour placed the peace of the…

Anne Boleyn & Singing of the Te Deum

The praising hymn Te Deum is traditionally used by English Monarchs to give thanks to God at moments of national celebration. There would have been many times in Anne Boleyn’s lifetime when she would have witnessed the singing of a Te Deum. Some of these occasions were actually in her honour as the Te Deum…

Anne Boleyn Confides Her Fears – March 1536

The harshness of winter is beginning to wane and the bloom of the first snowdrops on the palace grounds have given way to vibrant yellow daffodils. I sit on a beautifully embroidered cushion in a window seat of my privy chamber gazing out at the early morning dewdrops that cling to the new shoots of…