Ann Nonny was born in a hovel in the year c.1520, her maiden name is not known. She married Non Nonny in 1534 and they had a total of 36 children. Some of her descendants gained high public office in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including a couple of previous English Prime Ministers and a famous Mayor of London.
Ann’s writings were found by chance when sniffer dogs were searching the west bank of the Thames in the late 1800s. It took over one-hundred years to decipher her mad and often incoherent ramblings.
We think Ann started her literary career at the time of Anne Boleyn’s execution in 1536, but that is only a guess based on the amount of blood stains found on the manuscript. Her writing provides us with a unique insight into Tudor England, which will no doubt find their way into the annals of English history.
Postscript: Ann died in a mad house in 1570. A sad end to an incredible life.