The Early Modern Commons

Conor Byrne

Recent Posts

Katherine Howard's Age

8 June 2017

Five years ago, I published a blog post about the date of birth of Katherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII. In the course of researching and writing about her life, I became increasingly...

19 May 1536: Anne Boleyn's Execution

19 May 2017

We have no way of knowing whether Anne Boleyn was greeted by warm sunshine and birdsong as she took her final steps out of the queen's apartments and towards the scaffold within the...

Kindle Countdown: Queenship in England

3 May 2017

*Exciting Opportunity* If you own a Kindle, today and tomorrow, you can buy my book Queenship in England 1308-1485 for only 99p on Amazon UK and 99c on It's a great...

3 April 1445: The Wedding of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou

23 April 2017

On 23 April - some sources suggest 22 April - 1445, Henry VI married Margaret of Anjou at Titchfield Abbey in Hampshire. The king was twenty-three years old and his new bride was fifteen....