Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: The Last Love Letter

by Heather R. Darsie Henry VIII of England’s last love letter to Anne Boleyn shows how close and far the couple felt to achieving their purpose of an annulment for Henry from Katharine of Aragon, which would pave the way for Anne to marry Henry. Henry is also chiding Anne just a bit, referencing her “inutile and vain” thoughts, or baseless flights of fancy. He … Continue reading Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII: The Last Love Letter

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Anna of Cleves and the March 2019 Tudor Summit!

by Heather R. Darsie A portion of this was originally posted on QueenAnneBoleyn.com I am honored to announce that I am a guest on Sunday, 3 March 2019 at the semi-annual Tudor Summit. If you would like to learn more about me and my look into Anna’s life, please stop by the Tudor Summit, March 2019. Interviews are taking place all weekend, so do check out … Continue reading Anna of Cleves and the March 2019 Tudor Summit!

Dashing through the Snow: Dangers of Alcohol Consumption in Reformation-Era Augsburg

by Heather R. Darsie The Imperial City of Augsburg is known for the important German Reformation document of the Augsburg Confession. The wealthy banking family, the Fuggers, are from Augsburg and some of their buildings still stand. This includes the Fuggerei, named for the Fuggers, which is one of the oldest social housing buildings in the world. In the early 16th century, during Anna of … Continue reading Dashing through the Snow: Dangers of Alcohol Consumption in Reformation-Era Augsburg

The Armada is Coming!

by Heather R. Darsie Please note that this post originally appeared on TudorsDynasty.com. It was 29 June 1588. The Spanish Armada sailing in its customary crescent shape was spotted off the coast of Cornwall. After many years of waiting, the time had finally come: Spain was invading England to reclaim the country for Catholicism.  It is possible that Philip II, former brother-in-law to Elizabeth I previous … Continue reading The Armada is Coming!