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Ladies in Waiting – Alison Weir

Posted on: 01/05/2018 with tags: alison weir, anne boleyn, henry viii, Jane Seymour, katherine of aragon, Ladies in Waiting, Six Queens, six wives, Tudor

The wives of Henry VIII were served by a hierarchy of female attendants, mostly of noble and gentle birth. These were the women who resided with her in her private apartments – a chaste female enclave within the King’s ‘house of magnificence’. The Queen’s lodgings normally consisted of a presence chamber (throne room) for audiences and entertaining; and a privy chamber, which, like the King’s, might comprise bedchambers, closets, a privy, a privy wardrobe and sometimes a privy kitchen, where the…

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True or False? Jane Seymour Quiz

Posted on: 07/03/2018 with tags: alison weir, Edward VI, henry viii, Jane Seymour, Quiz, Six Tudor Queens, True or False, Tudor

For publication of JANE SEYMOUR: THE HAUNTED QUEEN, Alison Weir has created this special True or False Quiz Jane Seymour True or False Quiz 1. Jane Seymour was a maid-of-honour to both Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn.TrueFalse2. Jane was betrothed for a time to William Dormer, the son of Sir Robert Dormer.TrueFalse3. Henry VIII married Jane at her family home, Wulfhall, in Wiltshire.TrueFalse4. They were married on the day after Anne Boleyn's execution.TrueFalse5. Although the Dissoluti…

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Is this really Anne Boleyn – Alison Weir

Posted on: 13/02/2018 with tags: alison weir, anne boleyn, henry viii, Holbein, Six TudorQueens, Wenceslaus Hollar, Tudor

This engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar, dated 1649 (above right), is not – as has long been accepted – of the unlabelled British Museum drawing by Holbein (above, left), which is popularly identified as Anne Boleyn, and has been the subject of much academic debate. But, as I was stating on Facebook that the drawing was probably not Anne, I noticed that the engraving is clearly of a different portrait, and Hollar states beneath that Holbein drew it. No such Holbein is known. The discrepancies are ob…

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Anne Boleyn – A Spring Without Roses by Alison Weir

Posted on: 04/01/2018 with tags: alison weir, anne boleyn, henry viii, King Francois I, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

The background to The Chateau of Briis is the court of the sybaritic and notoriously licentious King François I, who epitomised all the ideals expected of, and admired in, a Renaissance monarch. Anne Boleyn spent her formative years there. François was twenty-one when he succeeded to the throne in 1515, shortly before Anne arrived at his court. He was an impressive six feet in height, and broad-shouldered with an athletic physique and slim legs, although already he was putting on weight. He was…

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