Anne Boleyn’s miniature book of psalms, with a portrait of Henry VIII, via Bibliophilia on Twitter.

My first thought was, good heavens! The craftsmanship!

According to the caption on The Telegraph, she passed it on to one of her maids of honour before she was beheaded. The book is now in the possession of the British Library (here is their record).

Henry VIII is beyond Behind the Henriad’s focus, but this will be an exception with the narrow pass that Shakespeare did write a play about him (but, interestingly, not about his father Henry VII).

Henry VIII's Sixth Wife Was Named For His First

Katherine Parr was the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Parr and his wife Maud Green, who lived at the English royal court in the early years of King Henry VIII’s reign. Maud was lady-in-waiting to the queen, Katherine of Aragon, and named her first child after her. Katherine Parr married King Henry VIII thirty-one years later.


Fucking amazing womenCatherine Parr

  • She was married 2 times before Henry VIII snatched her up, making her the most married English Queen. Her first marriage was at 17. 
  • She was appointed Regent from July to September 1544 which basically meant she ruled England while Henry was away in France 
  • While she was Regent, she signed five proclamations, oversaw finances and kept in constant contact with her northern marshes lieutenant over the unstable situation in Scotland
  • She was a reformer, and had a great influence on how her step-daughter, the then Lady Elizabeth, was educated
  • She had a huge part in reconciling Mary & Elizabeth with Henry
  • Henry tried to have her arrested (wow what a shocker) based on her religious views and she managed to convince him that she was only stating these views to distract him from the pain in his leg (grade a manipulation there) 
  • She outlived Henry (she basically won right there), went on to marry the guy she really loved in secret all the while living on a 7000 pound yearly allowance granted to her by Henry before he died
  • She also invited Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey to be educated at her house, and her house soon became known as a place where girls were educated

tl;dr Catherine Parr was an amazing woman that is so overlooked it hurts me


“I was really shy when I was younger. I wasn’t even going to take drama in school, but then I got recruited for the theatre company. I always thought I’d so something practical and acting would be the hobby. I somehow ended up in theatre school, and opportunities started to come my way. It’s not that I’m not passionate about it. I just can’t believe I make a living at it.”


♔ ANNE BOLEYN (c. 1501-1536) 
There was, at this present, presented to the eye of the court the rare and admirable beauty of the fresh and young Lady Anne Boleigne, to be attending upon the queen. In this noble imp, the graces of nature graced by gracious education, seemed even at the first to have promised bliss unto her aftertimes. She was taken at that time to have a beauty not so whitely as clear and fresh above all we may esteem, which appeared much more excellent by her favour passing sweet and cheerful; and these, both also increased by her noble presence of shape and fashion, representing both mildness and majesty more than can be expressed.
- The Life of Queen Anne Boleigne, George Wyatt


TVTropes History

The Treachery of Images: All those famous paintings of Anne Boleyn? Are not actually paintings of Anne Boleyn. Henry had every painting of her destroyed after her execution.note The best-known paintings of Anne date to about 1590, or 60 years after her death, when it became fashionable for wealthy noblemen to hang portraits of the kings and queens of England in their long galleries. The painters simply copied the face pattern of Queen Elizabeth, her daughter, changing the colouring and the nose.

  • A tiny miniature of Anne dating to about 1576 was found inside a locket ring worn by Queen Elizabeth. The ring is now kept at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s official residence.

This is wallpaper from Tudor England. It used to decorate the inside of a box holding legal papers, and survived because the contents of the box were deemed important and catalogued, while the unimportant box was left behind.

The wallpaper was made by a process called block printing. First the pattern was carved onto blocks of wood. Then the design was printed on the paper over and over by hand. This piece of wallpaper displays the Royal Arms and badges, the emblem of St George, Tudor Roses and grotesques (ugly faces)