I have come here to die

Today in History: 19th May 1536 – the execution of Anne Boleyn Escorted by Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, and “four young ladies”, Anne Boleyn made the short walk from the Queen’s Lodgings at the Tower of London, skirting past the Great Hall, through Cole Harbour Gate to reach the western […]

London Stone

So, did you know: encased in a glass and metal grille case – like some magical talisman in a romantic epic – lies London Stone, an ancient, mysterious lump of limestone, said for hundreds of years to have magical properties focused on keeping the city of London safe and prosperous. If you didn’t know, I […]

There is no remedy

At some point between her sentencing and execution, tradition holds that Anne Boleyn used her time to write a beautiful, achingly sad poem known as O Death! rock me asleep.  Some believe it was more likely written by her brother, George, who was well-known and respected as a poet during his lifetime. Although it has been […]

The condemnation of the putain

Today in History: 15th May 1536 – the trial of Anne Boleyn On the morning of 15th May 1536, Jane Seymour – affianced to the King of England – busied herself with wedding preparations from her new lodgings in Chelsea. Her predecessor – although not yet quite ‘pre’ enough for Henry’s taste – prepared herself […]

Hoping shortly to receive you in these arms

In May 1536 the court – perhaps even the whole of London – was uneasy and twitchy. Their Queen was imprisoned in the Tower, accused of fearful things, her trial set for the 15th of May. Things were never to be as they were before. King Henry – one way or another – was going […]

I’d like you to ‘like’ me

So people have been begging – nay, pleading – with me recently: “Please Erin! I simply don’t get enough Erinness through Twitter/Goodreads/following your blog/standing outside your flat with binoculars. I NEED TO BE ABLE TO LIKE YOU ON FACEBOOK!!” Okay, okay, calm down!! No problem, click here to see the ‘Erin Lawless, Author’ Facebook page […]

The dumpy caryatids of Euston

St Pancras Church on London’s Euston Road was built in 1819-22, primarily to serve the nearby area of posh Bloomsbury. The church is neoclassical in design, taking as its inspiration the Athenian monuments the Erechtheion and the Tower of the Winds. The total cost of the building – including land and furnishings – was £76,679, making it the […]

Hidden historical heroines (#27: Princess Charlotte Augusta)

Princess Charlotte of Wales (7 January 1796 – 6 November 1817) was the only child of George, Prince of Wales (later to become King George IV) and Caroline of Brunswick. Had she outlived her father and her grandfather, King George III, she would have become Queen of the United Kingdom, but she died suddenly following childbirth at the age of 21. […]

Eltham Palace

As originally hosted here, at The Tudor Cafe. Eltham Palace, in Greenwich, South East London, was the childhood home of Henry VIII, his sisters and younger brother. Sadly, the original medieval house is all but gone, the current building dating from the 1930s. The impressive, timber-roofed Great Hall – built by Edward IV in the […]