Coming soon – The Boleyns of Hever Castle – New book!

Posted By on May 19, 2021

Dr Owen Emmerson and I are excited to announce the release date of our forthcoming book, The Boleyns of Hever Castle!

It has been a wonderful project to work on together and we are thrilled with the resulting book, which will be released as a coffee-table style book and e-book on 1st August 2021.

Find out more about our book in this video.

Owen and I will be launching our book at a special talk and book signing at the Festival Theatre, Hever Castle, on 1st August and you can book your ticket at

I will share more information and order links nearer the time.

Draft blurb:

Hever Castle is a picture-postcard fortified manor house nestled in the Kent countryside. It is, of course, famous for its links with the Boleyns, an East Anglian gentry family who rose and fell dramatically at the court of King Henry VIII.

In The Boleyns of Hever Castle, historians Dr Owen Emmerson and Claire Ridgway invite you into the home of this notorious family.

Travel back in time to those 77 years of Boleyn ownership. Tour each room just as it was when Anne Boleyn retreated from court to escape the advances of Henry VIII or when she fought off the dreaded ‘sweat’. See the 16th century Hever Castle come to life with room reconstructions and read the story of the Boleyns, who, in just five generations, rose from petty crime to a castle, from Hever to the throne of England…

12 thoughts on “Coming soon – The Boleyns of Hever Castle – New book!”

  1. Christine says:

    Sounds wonderful I think il put it on my birthday list.

  2. Deborah Harsen says:

    Will it be possible to pre-order this book?

  3. Banditqueen says:

    It looks stunning. Just in time to be an anniversary present to myself. Congratulations and best of luck. Can’t wait.

  4. Dawn Richardson says:

    Where can I buy this in Australia?

    1. Claire says:

      It’s not available until 1st August, but you’ll be able to buy it from Amazon and online retailers like the Book Depository.
      Thank you!

  5. Phil Crawford says:

    Where can I buy your new book in the United States

    1. Claire says:

      It’s going to be released on 1st August and you’ll be able to find it on, as well as other online retailers. Thank you!

      1. Phil Crawford says:

        Thanks so much keep up the good work.

  6. Denise Hansen says:

    Really looking forward to this book! I live in Canada but I was lucky enough to visit Hever Castle a few years ago. It’s beautiful but I always wondered what it really looked like when the Boleyns lived there. Astor spared no expense when he restored it but I know there was a
    degree of over-decorating. Today’s gardens are stunning but the landscape in the 16th century must have been considerably different, as much as I would like to
    imagine Anne elegantly strolling in the Hever rose gardens. Of course I purchased a guide book when I was there but this time travelling new volume will definitely answer some of the questions I have about the castle’s former appearance.

  7. Phil Crawford says:

    The books you wrote on Anne Boleyn what would you recommend.

  8. Kim Sowell says:

    Will there be a hardcover book available?

    1. Claire says:

      It’s not being published as a hardback as that was cost-prohibitive as it has over 65 illustrations in full colour. It’s available as a paperback and ebook.

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