The Queen and the Ambassador

Easter, 1536. With the death of Katherine of Aragon in January, it would seem that Anne Boleyn is at last undisputed Queen. Yet her position has never been more precarious. Henry has already developed a keen ro...

The Dullards of Wolf Hall

You think candlelight is problematic? I like the candlelight, it's Wolf Hall's most redeeming quality, along with the gorgeous music. The only thing more unbelievable than a gently-raised lady scampering over t...

How to Murder the Boleyns

We are all guilty of dehumanising historical figures. Even if we strive to place them in the context of their times, it is difficult to view them now without applying modern values to them. We perpetuate tired ...

Queen Elfrida and Anne Boleyn

Queen Elfrida and Anne Boleyn My all time favourite queen of England has to be Elfrida (or, more correctly but less easy to read, Aelfthryth), the queen of King Edgar. I have carried out research into E...

The Ghosts of Henry VIII’s Queens

Katherine of Aragon Kimbolton Castle was an unhappy place for Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine of Aragon. She spent the last years of her life in the castle, which was cold and damp at the time, abandoned by...