Did Anne Boleyn wear ‘yellow for mourning’ after Katherine of Aragon’s death?

On 7 January 1536 Katherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, died at Kimbolton Castle. On 8 January 1536, Eustace Chapuys wrote that that day “the King was clad all over in yellow, from top to toe, except the white feather he had in his bonnet”[1]. While Chapuys did not mention Anne, chronicler Hall did – “Quene Anne ware yelowe for the mournyng”[2]. Hall’s remark was hotly disputed by historians and authors; Alison Weir for instance stated that Henry and Anne donned yellow as a mark of respect for Katherine, because yellow was the colour of mourning in Spain (The Six Wives of Henry VIII, p. 299). The colour of royal mourning in Spain was black, and Weir corrected her error in The Lady in The Tower. Anne and Henry donned yellow that day but not...

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The roots of dislike: Anne Boleyn, Duke of Suffolk and Mary Tudor Brandon

Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Tudor Brandon known at the Tudor court as the French Queen, never accepted Anne Boleyn as Henry’s wife and queen. In April 1532 Mary publicly referred to Anne Boleyn using “opprobrious language … against Madame Anne”[1] and the Venetian ambassador speculated that this incident sparked a fight between the servants of Dukes of Suffolk and Norfolk. Joanna Denny stated in her book, that Mary Tudor Brandon was jealous because Henry VIII gave Anne Boleyn the precedence over his own sister. Denny wrote: “Her vanity, and the remembered disapproval shown by Anne when she had scandalously married Brandon, turned Mary into Anne’s enemy.”[2] Historian Eric Ives looked for the cause of enmity between Anne Boleyn and Mary...

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Interactions and similarities

The other day I posted a picture of Henry VIII and his six wives – I found it on DeviantArt and thought it was really nice, because it was a kind of ‘family portrait’ where Henry VIII stood with all of his six spouses. The discussion really got me thinking about Henry VIII’s wives again – did they share similar traits? What did they think about each other? So today I will take a closer look at the relations between six wives of Henry VIII. Katherine of Aragon: Divorced (married for 23 years and 11 months) Anne Boleyn: Beheaded (married for 3 years and 3 months) Jane Seymour: Died (married for 1 year and 4 months) Anne of Cleves: Divorced (married for six months) Catherine Howard: Beheaded (married for 2 years and 6 months) Katherine Parr:...

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“There was a large wen under her chin”

We all know that according to Nicolas Sander, Anne Boleyn had six fingers on her right hand, protruding tooth, large wen and moles covering her body. In this article I will take a closer look on one particular trait of Anne’s appearance recorded by Sander, that contributed to so called “monster legend”[1]. In English translation of Sander’s “De origine ac progressu schismatis Anglicani” we read that: “There was a large wen under her chin, and therefore to hide its ugliness she wore a high dress covering her throat. In this, she was followed by the ladies of the court, who also wore high dresses, having before been in the habit of leaving their necks and the upper portion of their persons uncovered.”[2]  Because Sander’s book was originally...

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“The Daring Truth About Anne Boleyn” is here!

Finally, the Kindle version of “The Daring Truth About Anne Boleyn” is now available on Amazon! Paperback will follow soon! I hope that my book will arouse new discussions – it is controversial and contains new  (unpublished anywhere else) evidence. Read it with an open mind. I hope, that you will enjoy it! Links: Amazon US Amazon UK Here is the description: If you think you know who Anne Boleyn was, think again. This book will change everything. Anne Boleyn is undoubtedly the most controversial Queen consort that has ever sat on the English throne. Best remembered for her role as Henry VIII’s victim and the mother of the Virgin Queen, Anne Boleyn became one of the most popular heroines of the Tudor England. Throughout the centuries, Anne...

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