About Me

“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”
-Michael Crichton


My love affair with history began at a young age. I read every piece of historical literature I could get my hands on. From The Little House series to "Dear America," every book pulled me in more. Anne Boleyn and her life captivated me as a teenager while studying the Elizabethan golden age. The text used in my European history class called Boleyn "a usurper who disrupted the peace of England..." I was immediately interested in her story and started researching it. My interest continued in college when I wrote several papers about her role in religious life and social change in Tudor England. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Art in history from Eastern Washington University in the Spring of 2012, although my degree is in general history, my focus was on Tudor England and specifically the role of women in religion. In 2016 I fulfilled my goal of completing a master of art in history degree. I defended my thesis, "The Martyrdom of Anne Askew: A Case Study in the Suppression of Feminine Spirituality," which received the Raymond Shults Award for Best Departmental Thesis, in June. My interest in Tudor women as patrons of religious change continues to diversify and change as my level of study increases. I was recently admitted to the State University of New York at Buffalo to pursue doctoral work in history.

My #HistoryNerd Q&A:
Favorite history book: The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn written by Eric Ives
Favorite history themed website: theanneboleynfiles.com maintained by Claire Ridgway
What got me interested in history: A history course in high school
Titles of my research work:
Confessions of an Anne Boleyn Addict: A Research Blog
"The Scandal of Christendom: Anne Boleyn's Influence on King and Christianity in Tudor England"
"For Those Good Men of God: Anne Boleyn's Patronage of Religious Reformers, 1531-1536"
"Fasting, Purging and Praying: The Relationship Between Disordered Eating and Spirituality in the Life of Catalina de Aragon."

"The Martyrdom of Anne Askew: A Case Study in the Suppression of Spiritual Feminism in Early Protestant England" (MA Thesis; defended June 2016)

          **Full text of my extended writings can be located on the Research Articles page and are subject to local copyright laws

Favorite non-history things: Coffee, baking, interior design, horseback riding, and poetry.

READ MY MANIFESTO, "Why Anne Boleyn?" here

11 comments:

  1. Hi Tanya, I sent you an email about using some of your research for my History 102 class before you switched over to the electronic contact form, did you get it? I never received a reply

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  2. Hello Kathryn! I just answered you, I apologize for the delay! Good luck with your paper and please contact me if I can be of any further help.

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  3. How could anyone admire Anne Boleyn because it took determanation to wait to be Queen? Really. You can not be serious. She was a Tudor slut, excuse the language. She had ideas, yes, but that does not in anyway make up for the way she treated Queen Katharine, or Mary. Her daughter, though I respect Elizabeth I, was a replica. Anne Boleyn got what she deserved when Henry did to her with Jane Seymour,what they did to Queen Katharine

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    1. “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

      Your historically inaccurate statements are only made worse by your poor grammar and spelling. If you do not appreciate this site and its content it is quite easy to unsubscribe from the posts and never visit the web address again. Although, I do hope you will stick around and educate yourself about the woman Anne Boleyn truly was, not what biased sources and Hollywood have painted her to be.

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    2. PARoberts,
      You are obviously an ignorant troll.

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  4. I wish you would write more about Catherine Parr....

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    1. Hi there CatyismyLady! I am actually working on a rather long piece of about about her religious writings. Stay tuned, I'll probably publish it next week :)

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  5. Fun site, I too, love and have studied Tudor History at the University level. I also loved Eric Ives and I feel Anne's story is unbelievably tragic. She was a very complex character though, and while I don't think she in any way deserved her treatment, nor do I think she was the monster her enemies made her out to be, she did appear to have a considerably cold, calculating and cruel side. I found Joanna Denny to be a little too biased for Anne, and in my opinion a little short sighted. I think Anne was human, and complicated, and just as she didn't deserve what happened to her, neither did Catherine or Mary. I would never discount the contributions that Anne made to history, but I believe if we look at her with rose colored glasses and ignore and disregard the other side, then we are no better than those who attacked her character. I am curious if you have read any Allison Weir, for the most part I find her rather judicious in her writings. Either way, I thoroughly enjoy your site, just my two cents:)

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    1. Hi There!
      Yes, I have read Alison Weir. I reviewed several of her books in my Read of the Week section. I enjoy her methodical break down of Anne's fall in The Lady in the Tower, as well as her unbiased perspectives on the events surrounding Anne. I would agree that Anne could be cold and definitely calculating. However, I think those are less of inborn personality traits and more of a product of growing up in courts around Europe. Courtiers must be hardened and work hard to get ahead. Thank you for your insightful post and I hope you will become a regular contributor.
      Cheers,
      Tanya

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    2. I agree whole heartedly that she was most certainly a product of the courts of Europe. Strong women at the time were not admired and Anne was most certainly a strong woman. Had it been a different time perhaps she would have had a much different story. I just meant that it is well documented that she had a vengeful side as well, like I said though, she was human and because she was on display her faults were (and are) most definitely amplified. I have a lot of sympathy for Anne but I also have sympathy for Catherine and Mary who were treated cruelly by both Anne and Henry.

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    3. Just realized I could put my name:) I am loving this site by the way and I can't wait to read some of the books you have reviewed. I was also curious if you have read Suzanna Lipscomb? I had the pleasure of seeing and speaking to her when she came to my school and while I can't say I agree with everything she writes, she does make some interesting arguments.

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