Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
Who Killed Anne Boleyn - Bonus available until 31 December 2021

Who Killed Anne Boleyn - Bonus available until 31 December 2021

December 29, 2021
Get access to Claire's line masterclass on 15th January 2022, "Who killed Anne Boleyn?", by buying your ticket to "Anne Boleyn, the Woman who changed England" before the end of 31st December 2021 - see https://claireridgway.com/events/anne-boleyn-the-woman-who-changed-england/
"Anne Boleyn, the Woman who changed England" is a 7-day virtual conference. It's completely online and you'll be able to learn from 8 Anne Boleyn experts in talks and live Q&A sessions from the comfort of your own home.
I believe that it's only by looking at Anne Boleyn's background and her formative years, spent at two Renaissance courts, that we can truly understand her. By the end of the week (28 Feb to 6 March), you will have met a very new Anne and understand just why King Henry VIII changed the course of English history to be with her, and why they were such a powerful union.
It's a truly unique experience and I hope you can join me!
Go to https://claireridgway.com/events/anne-boleyn-the-woman-who-changed-england/ to find out more and to book your ticket right now.
Anne Boleyn Myths

Anne Boleyn Myths

December 19, 2021

In this third part of Claire Ridgway's talks on Anne Boleyn, we uncover a good number of strange stories which now surround Anne Boleyn. But what is actually true? Claire tells us more...

You can see this talk as a video here:


Anne Boleyn - Pawn or Predator

Anne Boleyn - Pawn or Predator

December 18, 2021

In this second of three live events with Claire Ridgway, Claire discusses whether Anne Boleyn was a woman who was manipulated by her parents into Henry VIII's arms, whether she was a ruthless predator who single-mindedly took herself all the way to the top, or whether she was neither of these!

Enjoy this talk with Claire Ridgway. You can see it as a video here:

What did Anne Boleyn Look Like?

What did Anne Boleyn Look Like?

December 17, 2021

In this talk, Claire Ridgway goes into detail about the various portraits and images of Queen Anne Boleyn that we have today. Claire then discusses what we really know about Anne Boleyn's apperance.

You can watch this podcast as a video here:

AMAZING TUDOR DISCOVERY - The discovery of Anne Boleyn‘s Falcon Badge

AMAZING TUDOR DISCOVERY - The discovery of Anne Boleyn‘s Falcon Badge

November 12, 2021

You may have seen the news about the discovery of a contemporary carving of Anne Boleyn's falcon badge and how Paul Fitzsimmons, an antiques dealer, bought it for £75 and how it's now worth £200,000. It's a wonderful find and the good news is that Paul isn't keeping it to himself, it's going on loan to Hampton Court Palace. Thank you, Paul, and thank you to Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces.

In this podcast, historian Claire Ridgway interviews Sandra Vasoli and James Peacock, who both played key roles in the story of this carving. It is a fascinating story.
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
Paul's website is https://www.marhamchurchantiques.com/  and a big thank you to him for allowing us to use his photos of Anne Boleyn's falcon badge before and after its restoration. Photo credit: Paul Fitzsimmons,  Marhamchurch Antiques
You can find out more about the symbolism of Anne Boleyn's badge and the other parts of her heraldry in Claire's article at https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/anne-boleyns-badge/
Sandi is the author of two novels about Anne Boleyn - Struck with the Dart of Love and Truth Endures - and a non-fiction book Anne Boleyn's Letter from the Tower. Her website is https://sandravasoli.com/
James works at Hampton Court Palace and also runs the popular Queen Anne Boleyn Society on social media - https://www.facebook.com/anneboleynsocietyhttps://twitter.com/anneboleynsoc and https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynsociety/
Claire Ridgway
I'm a best-selling author and historian, and founder of the Tudor Society where I help Tudor history lovers worldwide to connect with experts so that they can learn real Tudor history, the fact behind the fiction.
Did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor consummate their marriage?

Did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor consummate their marriage?

September 21, 2021
Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, were married from 14th November 1501 until Arthur's death on 2nd April 1502, but did they consummate their marriage? They certainly slept in the same bed, but did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor have sex?
Find out what people said at the Legatine court hearing in 1529 and the Zaragoza hearing in 1531, and what Catherine claimed, in this talk from historian Claire Ridgway.
Huge thanks to Lucy from the UK for asking such a wonderful question.
Further reading:
Sister Queens by Julia Fox
Catherine of Aragon, Henry’s Spanish Queen by Giles Tremlett
Tudor by Leanda de Lisle
Catherine of Aragon by Patrick Williams
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
Six Wives by David Starkey
Catherine of Aragon by Garrett Mattingly
Did Arthur Tudor consummate his marriage by Kyra Kramer - http://www.kyrackramer.com/2020/01/26/did-arthur-tudor-consummate-his-marriage/
25 Interesting Facts about Elizabeth I

25 Interesting Facts about Elizabeth I

September 11, 2021
Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled over England from 1558 to 1603, is one of England's most famous monarchs, and is seen by many as one of the best.
But how much do you know about this Tudor queen? In this talk, historian Claire Ridgway shares 25 interesting facts about Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
Here's a link to Claire's Elizabeth I playlist - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLepqWJ7TpkrLRKPV6ZH-EJIwPUQUkS2F6
Did Elizabeth of York really have an affair with Richard III?

Did Elizabeth of York really have an affair with Richard III?

August 20, 2021
Thank you to Sebnem for asking "Did Elizabeth of York really have an affair with Richard III?", something which has been popularised by the "Cousins' War" series of novels by Philippa Gregory and the TV adaptations of them. 
Is there any truth to this idea? Was Elizabeth of York in love with Richard III? Did Richard and his niece become lovers? And did Richard III poison Anne Neville, his queen? Historian Claire Ridgway looks at what history tells us about Elizabeth of York and her uncle, Richard III.
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
Book recommendation: Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen by Amy Licence
Tudor History Challenge XI

Tudor History Challenge XI

August 19, 2021

Thank you to all our wonderful subscribers, we can't believe that we've reached 60,000! Enjoy this quiz and let us know how you get on!

The questions are here and the answers are below (no cheating!)

1) Who said: “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too”?

2) Who was this priest describing - “a tyrant more cruel than Nero, for Nero destroyed but part of Rome, but this tyrant destroyeth this whole realm”?

3) “If my head would win him a castle in France, it should not fail to go” was said of Henry VIII, but who said it?

4) “Much suspected of me, nothing proved can be, quod Elizabeth the prisoner” - The Lady Elizabeth, future Elizabeth I, was said to have etched this on a window during her house arrest at Woodstock, but why was she a prisoner?

5) Who is being described in these words: “For her behaviour, manners, attire and tongue she excelled them all...”?

6) Who wrote to their former tutor saying: “I cannot marvel at thee and lament the case that thou sometimes was the lively member of Christ but now a deformed imp of the Devil”?

7) That homicide and unnatural tyrant which now unjustly bears dominion over you” Who said it and who was it about? 2 points

8) “Little man, the word ‘must’ is not to be used to princes” - Who said this?

9) “When I think again that you shall depart from me again it makes my heart die to think what fortune I have that I cannot always be in your company” - who wrote these words in a letter and to whom? 2Points

10) Who was apologising for their eyesight, and therefore poor handwriting, with these words: “I beseech you to pardon me, for verrayly Madame my sight is nothing so perfitt as it has ben”?

11) Who wrote: “Princes at all times have not their wills, but my heart being my own is immutable”?

12) Who ended a letter “Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things” and to whom were they writing? 2 points.


1- Elizabeth I to the troops at Tilbury, August 1588.
2- Henry VIII during the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion 1536
3- Sir Thomas More
4- Mary I and her privy council believed that Elizabeth was involved in Wyatt’s Rebellion
5- Anne Boleyn, described by Lancelot Carles, secretary to the French ambassador
6- While she was in the Tower, Lady Jane Grey wrote this to her former tutor, Thomas Harding, who had converted to Catholicism.
7- This is how Henry described Richard III in letters sent to those who were in support of his claim to the throne.
8- Elizabeth I said this to Robert Cecil, her Secretary of State, when she was dying and he advised her to take to her bed.
9- Catherine Howard to Thomas Culpeper
10-Henry VII to Lady Margaret Beaufort
11-Mary, Queen of Scots, to Ambassador Randolph
12-The dying Catherine of Aragon to her former husband Henry VIII.

8 August - Princess Margaret Tudor marries James IV of Scotland

8 August - Princess Margaret Tudor marries James IV of Scotland

August 8, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 8th August 1503, King Henry VII's eldest daughter, Margaret Tudor, married King James IV of Scotland.

Find out more about their marriage, and how it was arranged, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.

You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:

Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for those who love Tudor history. There, you can learn from Claire and many other expert historians and authors, enjoy Tudor-focused magazines and live Q&A sessions with experts, and have access to all kinds of talks, articles, quizzes, virtual tours and more. Try it with a 14-day free trial - https://www.tudorsociety.com/signup/


Claire has written some bestselling Tudor history books:


On This Day in Tudor History - https://amzn.to/3oceahH

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown - https://amzn.to/3m8KaSi

George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat - https://amzn.to/2TdwyZr

The Anne Boleyn Collection - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T

The Anne Boleyn Collection II - https://amzn.to/3o9LUwi

The Anne Boleyn Collection III - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T

The Life of Anne Boleyn Colouring Books - https://amzn.to/3jkJ5Vz


Claire has also done an online history course, The Life of Anne Boleyn, for MedievalCourses.com - https://medievalcourses.com/overview/life-anne-boleyn-mc06/


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