The Anne Boleyn Files is 7 years old today!

Posted By on February 17, 2016

Claire Feb 2016 thank youI can’t quite believe that it’s been seven years since I wrote my very first blog post on The Anne Boleyn Files. It’s been quite a journey. I’ve gone from being someone who had Tudor history as a hobby to writing about Tudor history full-time. From blogger to writer, from feeling alone in my Tudor addiction to having friends all over the world who are just as nutty about history as I am!

It’s been a rollercoaster ride and I’ve loved every minute of it, or the majority of minutes anyway! I feel so blessed to be able to work from home and to spend every working minute on my hobby. Some people get excited about shopping, fast cars, movies… I get excited about primary sources!

Thank you for making this possible. Thank you for encouraging me every step of the way, for reading my blog posts, for commenting on them and sharing your thoughts, for being polite and friendly even when you think I’m talking rubbish, for buying and reading my books, for being gracious when I make a mistake, for allowing me to get on my soap box every now and then, for supporting Tim and I on our history and publishing ventures, for being there… We really couldn’t do it without you. It’s been a wonderful seven years and I look forward to spending lots more years sharing Tudor history with you.

Thank you!


Claire Ridgway

23 thoughts on “The Anne Boleyn Files is 7 years old today!”

  1. James Mewborn says:

    Congratulations on your 7th anniversary, Claire! You’ve done a wonderful job sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm about Tudor history. The Anne Boleyn Files has become a daily stop for me on the internet because it’s always entertaining and educational. Thanks for all you do!

  2. Christine says:

    Congratulation to you and Tim, Iv only had a computer for just over five years and only discovered your website about two years ago and have been hooked ever since, I find it very therapeutic to immerse myself in another world away from the dreariness of housework and shopping may the Anne Boleyn Files continue to long reign over us.

  3. Sheila says:

    Was it your birthday present to yourself? If so it certainly is the gift that keeps on giving – to all of us.
    Happy birthday by the way (I know it’s past).

  4. Renita says:

    Congratulations! Please continue the excellent work! 🙂

  5. Kathy says:

    Congratulations! Your site is fabulous, keep up the great work!!

  6. barbara hesselgrave says:

    Claire, I remember the day I found your site and was so thrilled someone had put real dedication toward the Tudors–you are an inspiration to all of us with a passion that needs a kick start to get off the ground! And yes, what IS more exciting than finding a primary source! Continue on!

  7. ricky says:

    I have learnt so much from this site thankyou and congratulations x

  8. Anyanka says:

    Congratulations Claire.

  9. Lisa Leadley says:

    It’s because of sites like this that I no longer feel alone either with being a Tudor-phyle!! I will be entering a Liberal Arts Masters program in the next couple of years that is specific to the Tudor era of British history, and I have you, in part, to thank for it, Claire!!

  10. Lisa says:

    Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

  11. Sara says:

    Thank you so much for teaching me about history I have learnt so much you have given me an interest considering I didn’t like reading,I have bought all your books they are all fantastic thank you for taking the time to produce such a wonderful informative website

  12. Conor says:

    Congratulations Claire. You are bringing history alive for so many people.

  13. carrie8377 says:

    CONGRADS!!! I want to thank u for this great site!!!!! I have learned so much from your site!!!! keep up with the great work!!!!!!!!!

  14. Anita says:

    Congrats, Claire!! What a wonderful achievement! It must be very gratifying that your labor of love is being appreciated by thousands of Tudor fans. Thank you for enriching our lives with the magic, mystery, and edutainment of Tudor history!

  15. Esther Sorkin says:

    Happy 7th anniversary, and may there be many many more! I’m grateful for a site that provides accurate information!

  16. Debra Bayani says:

    Congratulations Claire and Tim and thank you for the wonderful work you do each day!

  17. Lady Jules says:

    You are a rare Tudor gem Claire! Doggedly hunting down facts, researching various forms of writings, and art, uncovering wonderful facts and insights about our dear Henry VIII and his lovely bevy of wives, while answering all of our questions! Many thanks…

  18. Thank you for all the hard work. Best wishes for the future of this site. x

  19. Caro says:

    Congratulations. I visit this site most days (rather obsessed with Anne). I love it. I have learnt so much more about Anne and the Tudors. Thank you

  20. Sally M says:

    I have recently found and started reading your site (and backreading LOTS) and want to say how much I’m enjoying it – congratulations on your anniversary!

  21. BanditQueen says:

    Congratulations, seven years and many more to come. Great job, Claire, thanks.

  22. Mrsfiennes says:

    I love coming on the site and I absolutely really appreciate everything you and Tim do.You guys are awesome!Congratulations!

  23. Jason Hoole says:

    Many congratulations. I came across this super site only very recently via a talk Claire gave regarding Richard III’s DNA findings online. Reading the various topics here has reawakened my interest in the Tudor period and history generally. Claire’s hard work breaths life into characters from the past in a way that my history teachers never managed to achieve. Well done!

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