Anne Boleyn’s Book of Hours

BBC Channel 5 is running a series, Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History. In the first episode, Henry and Anne (then a lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine) wrote flirtatious messages to each other in Anne’s Book of Days. You can see the prayerbook on the British Library Medieval Manuscripts blog. Take a look.

Days1   This first contains Henry’s message to Anne scribbled below the picture of Christ as the Man of Sorrows.

This second page is Anne’s reply on a page about the Annunciation.   Day2

Imagine, putting such beautiful illustrations to such lascivious purposes. But then, if you attend my lecture on the Tudors, you know how highly I think of dear Henry.

I have attached to the BLMMB before. It should be no surprise that the blog has been shortlisted for the National UK Blog Awards (Arts & Culture category).


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at
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