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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 […]

New exhibition on at Hever Castle – Lights, camera, action: Hever Castle on Stage and Screen

| April 17, 2019

New exhibition on at Hever Castle – Lights, camera, action: Hever Castle on Stage and Screen

Hever Castle, the family home of the Boleyn family, has just let me know about their new exhibition which starts on 13th May – Lights, camera, action: Hever Castle on Stage and Screen. I’m very excited as I’m there with the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour while the exhibition is on – great timing! The temporary […]

It’s not too late to book your place on the Anne Boleyn Experience or Executed Queens tours 2019!

| March 7, 2019

It’s not too late to book your place on the Anne Boleyn Experience or Executed Queens tours 2019!

I’ve been chatting with Philippa Lacey Brewell, my co-leader for this year’s tours and a lady who is an absolute whizz at organising them, and she has told me that there are still 5 places available on each of this year’s tours. This is great news if you’ve been holding off booking due to not […]

What is Claire looking forward to in next year’s Anne Boleyn Experience?

| October 11, 2018

What is Claire looking forward to in next year’s Anne Boleyn Experience?

As I said in a previous post, I’m counting the days to the next Anne Boleyn Experience tour – 213 days as I write this! I’m already excited. I just love it. Tim asked me what exactly it is that I’m so excited about, what is it that I’m looking forward to? Well, lots of […]

Claire’s very best memories of the Anne Boleyn Experience

| October 10, 2018

Claire’s very best memories of the Anne Boleyn Experience

Tim asked me what my very best memories of the Anne Boleyn Experience tour are, so I had a think and then made this video. As you can see, I have rather a lot of ‘very best memories’ from the tours I’ve led with Tim and the tour I led with Philippa this year, and […]

The magic of Hever Castle

| October 9, 2018

The magic of Hever Castle

I’ve been fortunate to have visited Hever Castle on a number of occasions and to have stayed there several times and I can hand-on-heart say that there is something truly magical about it. I don’t know what it is – and I don’t believe that I’m Anne Boleyn reincarnated or anything – but Hever just […]

Anne Boleyn: The news on the street

| February 3, 2017

Anne Boleyn: The news on the street

Today I am happy to welcome Lissa Chapman, author a new book, Anne Boleyn in London, to the Anne Boleyn Files with a guest article. A big thank you to Lissa! Anne Boleyn is one of the historical figures whose images are instantly recognisable and whose reputations are remade for each generation. Along with a […]

Did Mark Smeaton father Anne Boleyn’s baby?

| November 11, 2016

Yes, that is the question that I find myself answering today. I’ve never actually had someone ask me that or even argue about it with me, but while I was researching Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s 1535 royal progress I came across an article that put forward the theory that Mark Smeaton fathered the baby […]