The news cycle is fast, and it’s hard to keep up with our favorite interests and topics! That’s why once a week I make up this post with the top stories that have caught my attention.
How Anne Boleyn Lost Her Head
In 1536, England’s King Henry VIII accused his second wife Anne Boleyn, who had been crowned queen in 1533, of charges including adultery, incest and conspiracy against the king. At her trial, she was found guilty, and on May 19, 1536 she was taken to Tower Green in London, where she was beheaded by a French swordsman, rather than the standard axe-wielding executioner.
Historians believe the charges against her were false, issued by Henry VIII to remove Boleyn as his wife and enable him to marry his third wife, Jane Seymour, in hopes of producing a male heir.
Anne Neville: Richard III’s ‘Lost’ Queen and Westminster Abbey
Amidst the chronicle of lost tombs at Westminster Abbey is that of Queen Anne Neville, wife of King Richard III. Queen Anne’s invisibility in these terms underlines the purported neglect on behalf of Richard III.
Brit History: An Introduction to The Dissolution of the Monasteries
It was a definite turning point in English history. King Henry VIII, unsatisfied that Pope Clement VII had refused to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, worked with his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, and Parliament to break away from the Catholic Church and form the Church of England.
Did you know that these 36 everyday phrases were created by Shakespeare?
April 23 marks the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and potentially his birth, although the exact date of this remains unknown). With this comes the remembrance and celebration of his life and the distinguished works for which he is known by to this very day.
Henry VIII’s Tudor love nest is on the market for £3m
A Tudor mansion frequented by Henry VIII and his wives is now on the market and up for grabs. The stately home built in the early 16th Century is in Fakenham, Norfolk and was visited by the king – who famously beheaded his wives – on numerous occasions.
7 fascinating exhibits to see at Sudeley Castle this year
With a host of historical figures and royal connections, Sudeley Castle has launched a brand-new selection of fascinating exhibitions that are definitely worth a visit.