The 1535 Progress, Anne Boleyn and Me: An Adventure in Time!

Castle Combe

A little later than scheduled, on 8 or 9 July 1535, Henry VIII set out from Windsor Castle in Berkshire on what would become one of the longest and most politically significant progresses of his reign: the 1535 progress. Anne, still the king’s ‘most dere and entierly beloved lawfull wiff’, was at his side, as … Read more

Acton Court: An Authentic Tudor Courtier’s House

Acton Court is an exquisite example of a courtier’s house from the early Tudor period. I will say more about it in a moment, but probably the thing that makes Acton Court stand out is the fact that the house is in a raw state, which makes it one of the most authentic Tudor properties … Read more

Sudeley Castle: The Remarkable Life, and Shocking Death, of Katherine Parr

During her lifetime, Katherine Parr was a truly remarkable woman; and yet in death she is also unique in that she is the only English queen to be buried on private land. She lies at peace within the heart of the chapel at Sudeley Castle, in Gloucestershire, itself embraced by the lush slopes of the … Read more

The Life of Anne Boleyn – When the Ordinary Feels Extraordinary!

On 19th May, we remember Anne Boleyn. As a lover of Tudor history, you will know all about the dramatic events that so defined Anne’s tragic end. But what about the life of Anne Boleyn? For me, the 19 May is a day to celebrate that life, and whilst her extraordinary story has often been … Read more