“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. ”
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