Anne Boleyn, the Woman behind the Myths online talks

This online event kicks off on Monday 13th December.

Here are the details…

Anne Boleyn the Woman behind the Myths – Live 13-15 December 2021

Three days of free live talks from me, historian Claire Ridgway, to introduce you to the real Anne Boleyn and to deepen your knowledge of this fascinating Tudor woman.

Date: 13, 14 and 15 December 2021
Place: Live on YouTube and Facebook simultaneously

Are you hungry to know more about Anne Boleyn and would love to learn from an Anne Boleyn expert?

There are so many myths that surround Anne Boleyn, so much misinformation in books, series and on social media, but it is possible to peel back those layers and get to know the real Anne Boleyn of history. AND, she’s even more interesting than the fictional Anne!
That’s why I’m hosting this free series of talks on Anne Boleyn specifically for people who are interested in learning more about the real Anne and banishing those myths.

  • Find out what Anne Boleyn really looked like
  • Discover the truth behind the ideas that Anne Boleyn was either a helpless pawn or an over-reaching ambitious woman intent on being Queen of England
  • And uncover the truth behind the many myths that are still so prevalent today in fiction (even some non-fiction) and on social media

Who is this event for?

  • You, if you’re confused by the differing depictions of Anne Boleyn
  • You, if you want to know about the real Anne Boleyn
  • You, if you’ve binge-watched every Anne Boleyn series, movie and documentary, and read tons of books and are still hungry for information!

The talks

Day 1 – What did Anne Boleyn look like?

In this live talk, I’ll piece together evidence we have from images and contemporary descriptions to reveal what Anne Boleyn really looked like.

Day 2 – Anne Boleyn: Pawn or predator

In this live talk, I’ll banish the idea that the Boleyns were overly ambitious, that Anne and her sister Mary Boleyn were pawns pushed into the king’s bed, and that Anne set her sights on being queen at any cost.

Day 3 – Anne Boleyn Myths

In this live talk, I’ll talk about some of the myths that surround Anne Boleyn and challenge them with contemporary evidence. Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers? Was she charged with witchcraft? Did she change her name from Bullen to Boleyn? Where is her real resting place? And many more…

It’s all happening on 13, 14 and 15 December and is completely FREE

Each live talk will take place on Facebook and YouTube simultaneously and there will be a Q&A session at the end of each one.

Here’s how you can access these talks….

Dates and times

Note: If your time zone isn’t listed you can use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to convert the London time to your zone.

Day 1 – What did Anne Boleyn look like?

London, UK – Monday 13 December at 11pm

Madrid, Spain – Tuesday 14 December at 12am

New York, USA – Monday 13 December at 6pm

Los Angeles, USA – Monday 13 December at 3pm

Sydney, Australia – Tuesday 14 December at 10am

Adelaide, Australia – Tuesday 14 December at 9.30am

Day 2 – Anne Boleyn: Pawn or Predator

London, UK – Tuesday 14 December at 11pm

Madrid, Spain – Wednesday 15 December at 12am

New York, USA – Tuesday 14 December at 6pm

Los Angeles, USA – Tuesday 14 December at 3pm

Sydney, Australia – Wednesday 15 December at 10am

Adelaide, Australia – Wednesday 15 December at 9.30am

Day 3 – Anne Boleyn myths

London, UK – Wednesday 15 December at 11pm

Madrid, Spain – Thursday 16 December at 12am

New York, USA – Wednesday 15 December at 6pm

Los Angeles, USA – Wednesday 15 December at 3pm

Sydney, Australia – Thursday 16 December at 10am

Adelaide, Australia – Thursday 16 December at 9.30am

Each talk will end with a Q&A session so please do try and attend them live. However, if you can’t – and I know how busy we all are at this time of year! – there will be replays available and I will be sending out transcripts too, so you won’t miss out.

I’ll also be announcing a bigger event coming Spring 2022 so do keep an eye on your inbox!

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