Claire Ridgway

Claire Ridgway, creator of The Anne Boleyn Files, is a British writer and history researcher who spends every day researching Tudor history and writing about Anne Boleyn and the Tudors. She leaves no stone unturned in her quest to find out the truth about Anne Boleyn and to educate people about Anne’s story.

Claire freely admits to being a Tudor history addict, a real Tudor ‘nut’, and loves running The Anne Boleyn Files as it gives her the perfect excuse to immerse herself completely in the 16th century, talk Tudor all day and wear Tudor dresses and jewellery.

Claire has written seven history books:

Claire has been overwhelmed by the positive response to The Anne Boleyn Files and the friendly community it has become. She loves hearing from other Tudor history and Anne Boleyn fans so don’t be afraid to contact her at

Claire has recently founded The Tudor Society for fellow Tudor nuts.

34 thoughts on “Claire Ridgway”

  1. Velvet Dodge Matinnia says:

    Hurrah Claire!
    We’re so lucky to have you doing the work you love!
    I’m forever looking for more books to read and research on this lifetime fascination I’ve also held with the Tudor period. I so look forward each week to your booklist updates.
    David Starkey’s “Henry, Virtuous Prince” and the book “Bess of Hardwick” are my latest reads. Both wonderful.
    Look forward to seeing you next week!

  2. antonio says:

    nice website, i just subscribed

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi Claire!
    When will the next essay competition be? I missed out on the last one 🙁

    Thank you!

  4. Ana says:

    Brilliant page! I’m happy I stumbled across it!

  5. Marivel says:

    Brilliant page. I have just discovered it. THANK YOU for creating such a place. I feel like I just won the lottery!! I had given up on doing research on the internet as I could only find ‘standard’ information on AB. I need to dust up my knowledge, it has been a while since I had an intelligent discourse on Tudor History. I’m always the odd one out in my circle’s interests, I’m always attempting to study this subject. You have provided the key and answers to my thoughts. I hope to learn from you how to do research, I live in the US, so I will have to live vicariously thru you. Claire, thank you for all you do to dispell myths and legends that everyone think true of Ann and the Tudors. Sincerely, your newest fan, Marivel.

    1. Claire says:

      Hi Marivel,
      Thank you so much for your very kind comment, I’m so glad that you found The Anne Boleyn Files and that you’ve enjoyed browsing the website. Do let me know if you need anything.
      Best Wishes,
      Claire 🙂

  6. trac says:

    I just wanted to say what a billiant web site this is, so much rubbish is written about Anne and it’s wonderful to see a place where the information is accurate and well researched.

    I have enjoyed Tudor history since a teenager thanks to a number of good history teachers and a wonderful english teacher who reccommended Jean Plaidy to me.

    Not a great fan of some of the historical novelists around today, I did have a disagreement with someone the other day who had read The Other Bolyn Girl and maintained that every word contained in the book was correct becasue the author “said so”………….I told the lady I was speaking to that having read the book myself it was a good bit of escapism hoilday reading but if she wanted to find out the facts to start by reading David Starky or Alison Weir………..for some reason it didn’t go down too well.

    I found this site by downloading a sample of the collection you’d put into book form for my Kindle and have added it to my wish list, have found it fasinating to read and it has brought a greater understanding of her life and times to me!

    Thank you.

  7. Tudor Queenie says:

    Oh my god so glad to have found like minded people i am to put it blunt obsessed with tudor history and Anne the most so glad to have come across this page Thank you xx

  8. Caroline casey says:

    Hi guys. I too am faincted wit the tudor s and all things historical. What i would like to know is why everyone is so hard on phillipa gregory? Surely, parts of history are simply subjective, as we simply can not ‘know’ everything that happened, as we were not there. I have been advised to read ms.ridgway’s work, which i will duly do. I am curious as to what she can tell me that is not already in the vast series of ms.gregory. I hope i am not disappointed. I learned about latter, by chance, through an american girl on the net. C

  9. Monica says:


    I am a huge fan of your website! Thank you so much for all the work and dedication you put into it for us to enjoy. I am going to London next week (for the first time!) in a few days, and I was just wondering if you had some ‘must-see’ Tudor sights to recommend for me to check out. Thanks!

  10. solace says:

    Hi Claire,

    Just finished your Tudors book – fantastic. Now reading Anne Boleyn. The books, for anyone’s information, are perfect for anyone who wants to quickly learn about the characters of this time span. Guaranteed, after reading them, you will want more. Claire, thanks so much for the books. Absolutely love them and thank you for all the reasearch you have done for all of us. Solace

  11. Tash Wakefield says:

    loved the ‘marmite’ reference, im an aussie, we generally call it vegimite, but the problem of people not liking it is cos they dont eat it right (should be on buttered toast, not a spoon lol)

  12. S says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CLAIRE!!! And once more thank you for all your hard work in breaking apart the myths of Tudor England, especially those concerning our Anne. Not having a lot of time for research, I am so grateful to have a site that I can rely on to have the truth and the latest information and therories. Best of all is that you do, and most emphatically, distinguish fact from therory from myth and legend! I have learned a great deal of new information and dispelled a lot of myths I had believed to be true.

    Have a lovely birthday – do something to pamper yourself!

  13. hello claire
    im a really good tudor reshearcher and i love the anne boleyn files but on may 19 is anne boleyn execution day

  14. Linda Davies says:

    Hi – I’ve only recently found this page and have now subscribed. Have been fascinated with the Tudors and Anne in particular for years – so glad to have found like-minded people. Brilliant website!

    1. Claire says:

      Welcome to The Anne Boleyn Files, Linda, I do hope you enjoy browsing the site.

  15. Kim says:

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend in London. Wish I could have been there. Can’t wait to see the pics.

    1. Claire says:

      Thanks, Kim, it was a lovely weekend.

  16. Paige says:

    I have read your book and seen the Tudors multiple times
    . I don’t believe they represented Anne unfairly. They showed a king who desired a new queen and they showed witnesses being interrogated unfairly. I believe she was innocent and this was the way of the English court at this time.

  17. David S. says:

    Thank you Claire. I also believe Anne was framed-she was innocent of all charges. Lost in time and history is the fact that the King’s pill of a sister, Margaret, and her angry, despicable but powerful husband-Duke of Suffolk, Charles Brandon-were the masterminds and the key planners of the plot to get Anne Boleyn-
    Charles Brandon was not going to tolerate Anne becoming as powerful as she was becoming-the Duke of Suffolk, who was an angry, power hungry man to begin knew that Anne Boleyn hated him and was also afraid of him-the Duke of Suffolk was all about holding on to his own power-he felt that Anne was working against him with the King-Brandon felt he had to act before Anne had him thrown out of court for good or worse for him. Margaret also hated Anne Boleyn. She was very jealous of the power she had attained and couldn’t stand that she had become so powerful. So this 16th century power couple devised a plan to bring her down- Thomas Cromwell was merely the gestapo that carried on the torture and interrogations that caused Anne to be arrested and subsequently executed. The Duke of Suffolk and his pill of a wife Margaret were the actual masterminds behind the whole false plan and false charges that brought her down. Anne always said it was the Duke of Suffolk she feared the most-for his cunning and his cruelty.

    1. Frances Hurst says:

      I think you have got the wrong sister. It was Mary who was married to Charles Brandon, not Margaret and she died many years before Anne’s trial.

      1. Claire says:

        Yes, Mary Tudor, Queen of France and wife of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, died in June 1533, so just after Anne’s coronation and could not have had anything to do with Anne Boleyn’s fall.

  18. Linda Joyce says:

    David S – that is a very interesting interpretation. The intrigues in the Tudor court must have been terrible for those who seem to have lived under the constant threat of arrest and execution. Did you see my post about Salle church? No-one seems to have responded to it. It was a terrific experience.

  19. Jason says:

    I enjoy the website, thank you. I’ve been studying the Tudors since I was in diapers–since I was 10 more or less–and it’s nice to see a credible source on the internet.

  20. leahf says:

    I am addicted to your website! I love it it is so informative! Every now and again my Tudor addiction comes back with a vengeance and this time around I have found your website and I am stuck to it. Even in work haha keep up the brilliant work and thank you I have learnt so much studying your site over the past few weeks!

  21. Nikki Iles says:

    Hello Claire,

    Big fan here, and i normally do a twice-weekly scroll of your blogs and posts, to browse new articles you have shared or typed and obtain as much knowledge possible of our favorite era. I am in awe of your work, and if not for someone like you, who grows more passionate daily of Queen Anne Boleyn, there would still be many unanswered questions floating around in my young mind. I am 20 years old and plan on getting a bachelors in education. i love European history so much i wish to thrust the knowledge onto the next generation, so all of your diligent research is not in vain. I contacted you only to inquire of an article posted within that last week, referring to the tower. It began with a myth about 6 crows sitting on the tower walls, and if one of them were to leave their post, blank, blank… I never got to read the rest as my laptop was dying and i had some much-needed grocery shopping to conquer. i would much rather have sat at home and read through your excellent posts but i returned only to find the article i sought is no longer showing. I’d love to read it if you could re-share or repost any time convenient for you. I also wanted to take a moment to let you know i read all of your Kindle Unlimited editions on my prime account. Currently in the first stages of Anne Boleyn Collections Part 2. Congrats on all of your hard work, new data, and any merits you have earned for your passionate work !

    Now and Forever in Your Debt

    1. Claire says:

      Hi Nikki,
      Thank you for your kind words, I really do appreciate them. I haven’t written about the Tower of London at all in the past week or so. The only article I’ve written where I include the legend of the ravens was back in 2011 –
      I just can’t think of anywhere else where I’ve mentioned them. Perhaps you were visiting another Tudor history page?
      Best Wishes,

  22. Shauna says:

    Hi Claire!
    I just wanted to say how much I admire your site and come on it often. I love history especially when it comes to the Tudors and Anne Boleyn. I was wondering, What was it that made you want to make a site about Anne Boleyn and study her and the Tudors?

    Thank you!

  23. Patricia O says:

    I posted as a low dog (I suppose actually I would be a low lady dog) on nerdalicious – but it seems Tixall Gatehouse (this is relating to the recent post there by your good self on Tudor places in Britain) is no longer a shell but has been renovated and turned into a posh hotel. Here is the link

    1. Claire says:

      Brilliant, thank you so much!

  24. Julieta Terzieva says:

    Dear Clair, I apreciate your hard work on recearching Anne Boleyn’s life. It is so lovely that you wear Tudor jewellery and when I decided to read more about that, oh my Lord, I found another site ‘The Elizabeth files’. And I have a hestic time reading all these fascinating articles. Thank you make me Tudor addicted. I have a question: Is there any real connection between Mary Boley’s daughter Catherine and Kate Middleton ancestors?

  25. Jean says:

    Dear Claire
    I am currently delivering a talk about Anne at a well know London gallery, it attracts an audience of between 30 and 50 people. The talk last for half an hour so I have to summaries her life. I am amazed how many people are interested in her life and feel she was treated so badly by all those who should have loved and protected her. I love reading the files there’s always something new to learn about Anne.

    1. Claire says:

      Hi Jean,
      It is amazing how many people are interested in Anne Boleyn’s story, there’s just something about her. Do you do talks on her regularly?

  26. Eiko O'Brien says:

    Hi Claire

    My name is Eiko. I live in UK for a long time and I love English history specially Tudor time. There are so many materials, books, events related Tudor time including 6 wives of Henry 8th. I think Anne Boleyn is one of popular character and her name is world-wide famous.
    I am enjoying your great resources and I can feel the strong energy about all your interest from your website

    Many thanks

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