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Anne Boleyn’s Books of Hours and the Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 23, 2019

Anne Boleyn’s Books of Hours and the Fall of Anne Boleyn

What a whirlwind couple of weeks I’ve had! I still haven’t come back down to earth after the excitement of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour and then living my dream and holding Anne Boleyn’s Books of Hours at Hever Castle – wow! I’m back home now and Tim and I will be putting together a […]

Claire holds Anne Boleyn’s Books of Hours

| May 19, 2019

Hever Castle was the childhood home of Queen Anne Boleyn and is now home to portraits and artefacts linked to her, including two Books of Hours. Thanks to the team at Hever (thank you Alison, Owen and Helen!), Claire Ridgway, author of “The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown”, had the honour and pleasure of […]

19 May 1536 – The end of Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 18, 2019

Today is, of course, the anniversary of the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, on 19th May 1536 at the Tower of London. In today’s video, I explain exactly what happened on this day and share Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution speech. I’m doing these “Fall of Anne Boleyn” videos daily […]

17 May 1536 – Tragedy at Tower Hill – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 17, 2019

17 May 1536 – Tragedy at Tower Hill – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, 17th May, George Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were executed on Tower Hill for high treason after being found guilty of adultery with Queen Anne Boleyn and conspiring with her to kill King Henry VIII. In today’s video, I share what happened on […]

Day 4 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

| May 16, 2019

Day 4 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

Our last full day on the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019 was perfect in every way. The sun was shining down on us as we left Hever for our day at the Tower of London and it kept shining on us all day. We had a wonderful time at the Tower, enjoying time with our […]

Day 3 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

| May 15, 2019

Day 3 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

Do you think Tim will notice if I don’t return home? I’m sure Hever won’t notice if I move in to a little cubby hole somewhere, perhaps the priest hole! I’m having such a blast on the Anne Boleyn Experience tour that I’m not sure I want it to finish! Today, we visited the stunning […]

Day 2 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

| May 14, 2019

Day 2 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

Today was the perfect first full day of the tour – a day to explore Hever Castle and its surroundings – the castle itself, the beautiful gardens, the local church with its brass memorials for Thomas Boleyn and Henry Boleyn, the gift shop… Then, a private after-hours tour of the castle (incorporating the Hidden Hever […]

Day 1 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

| May 13, 2019

Day 1 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

It’s Day 1 of our Anne Boleyn Experience Tour based at Hever Castle, the Boleyn family home in Kent, and I’m already in Tudor bliss. Lovely people, yummy food, lots of talking Tudor, meeting old friends, luxury accommodation, Hever Castle… what more could I want? Find out all about Day 1 in my diary post […]