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Anne Gainsford

Originally identified as Anne Zouche, the sitteris now thought to be Mary Zouche Anne Gainsford was born at Crowhurst, Surrey. The date of her birth is unknown. She was the daughter of John Gainsford and his second wife, Anne Hawte, and had a sister, Mary. Anne, or Nan as she was commonly called, joined Anne

Who Killed Anne Boleyn?

Next month marks the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s death. The unfortunate Queen was condemned and executed on trumped-up charges of adultery and incest clearly meant to blacken her reputation forever. And yet few, then as now, believed she was guilty. So what happened during that fateful May 1536? Who orchestrated the plot against her, and

Anne Boleyn’s Execution

When dawn broke on the morning of 19th May 1536, Anne Boleyn was already awake, hearing the Mass and receiving the Sacrament from John Skip, her almoner, for the last time. She probably didn’t get much sleep at all the night before, preferring to spend her few remaining hours on earth preparing for her imminent

Anne Boleyn: Beautiful Or Ugly?

Very few images, and none of them authentic (apart from her likeness in the ring her daughter Elizabeth I wore for her whole life), of Anne Boleyn survive, so it is very difficult to say what the second wife of Henry VIII looked like. We have to rely on descriptions written around her lifetime, but

The Chapel Of St Peter Ad Vincula

In my post “Anne Boleyn Places: Where She Lived, Where She Died“, I barely mentioned the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, where the unfortunate queen of England was buried. I think it’s time to remedy that and share a bit more about it, don’t you? Anne Boleyn died, unjustly, as a traitor and was

Best Posts Of 2013

Hello everyone, the year is almost over. That means it’s time to take a small trip down memory lane and reminisce about some of the topics we’ve discussed this year. Here we go: Le Bon Genre: a series of prints depicting the lives, pastimes and interests of the Parisian middle class at the beginning of

Henry VIII’s Love Letters To Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII hated writing letters, which is why very few of his survived. But when he fell in love with Anne Boleyn, he didn’t hesitate to pen her love letters in his own hand. There were 17 in total and they are all undated, but they still provide some fascinating insights into the beginning of

Historical Reads: Anne Boleyn’s Last Secret

Why was the queen executed with a sword, rather than an axe? Historian Leanda De Lisle explains: “As Henry’s sexual inadequacies were paraded during the trials, he responded by advertising his virility, staying out all hours, banqueting with beautiful girls. In private, however, he comforted himself in a different way, obsessing over the details of