On this day in history, 17th February 2009, I wrote my very first post on The Anne Boleyn Files. Its title was “In Search of the Real Anne Boleyn” and opened with the words “My purpose in starting this blog is to record and share my journey of discovery, my mission to expose the real Anne Boleyn”.

It was written when there were absolutely no visitors to the site, just little old me, and I can’t quite believe how things have sky-rocketed in three years. We now have nearly 25,000 people visit the site each and every month! Wow!

The last three years have been a real journey, a huge learning curve and an amazing experience. I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m glad that my purpose and mission still hold true to those opening words of the 17th February 2009 post. Every day I feel that bit closer to Anne Boleyn and the Boleyn family as I did and dig.

The Anne Boleyn Collection Now Available

It’s funny how things come together isn’t it? I was aiming for a March 2012 release for The Anne Boleyn Collection but it went live on Amazon yesterday just in time for our birthday celebrations – incredible! It is available as a Kindle version (on Amazon US and UK) and as a paperback (on Amazon US). The paperback has only just gone live and Amazon are still working on the listing so it may be that it becomes “unavailable” at times and disappears – please bear with it, it will be back!

Here are the links:-

Thanks to those who have already left reviews, I really appreciate it. Please “like” the book on its Amazon pages and spread the message.

I’m so excited about this – have been hopping around the place since I received the proof copy and have been blabbing to everyone who makes the mistake of talking to me. Excited just doesn’t cover it! Of course, I couldn’t have done it without you. This website could have died a death in 2009, it could have just fizzled out, but you stopped that and for that I will be eternally grateful. The Anne Boleyn Files wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for me but it wouldn’t carry on if it wasn’t for you. This book would never have happened without the feedback I get on a daily basis from you.

Thank you so much for being a part of this amazing journey and for all your encouragement, love and support over the past three years. Tim’s getting me a bottle of bubbly later and I will be toasting the site, the book and you.

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26 thoughts on “Happy 3rd Birthday Anne Boleyn Files and Book Launch”
  1. My boyfriend just got me the Kindle for Valentines Day and now I will make your book my first ever kindle book!! oOooo I am so excited to read it. Congratulations, Claire!!! I will have a glass to you tonight as well!

  2. Congratulations Claire! I’ve followed the site for ages and its still fresh. I think you should be proud of all you’ve achieved so far. I’m sure there is much more to come (no pressure!!!). The book is on my kindle now and ready to read but we’re off on a daytrip to Vindolanda, it’s just too frustrating!!!

  3. Congrats Claire. I’ve been going to this site for almost a year now and have always found it to be informative, funny, inspiring, and just plain good.

    PS Today is also my birthday.

  4. Congrats Claire. I just ordered the book for my Kindle and look forward to spending some time with it this weekend!
    Memory Gargiulo

  5. Congratulations, Claire. Nobody deserves the success of the site more than you (and your swashbuckling hero, Sir Tim – see, I DID read your birthday bio!). I’ve been following the AB Files since August or September of 2009, when I was corresponding with Lucy at Hever Castle about attending a Halloween psychic event at Hever and she told me about an Anne Boleyn convention that was being held at Hever the following May. I asked her for details and she gave me your email address. You responded immediately, and I signed up for the Anne Boleyn Experience 2010 that day! I’ve been following the AB Files almost daily ever since! I had never realized before that there werer so many people interested (or obsessed) with Anne! Anyway, here’s to a successful 2012, and many more!

  6. Happy 3rd Anniversary!! I hope this continues to grow… it lightned up many people, like myself! I can’t wait to get the book =D I’ve read wonderfull reviews about it!

  7. Congratulations Claire! and a happy birthday to the anne boleyn files. I have ordered your book and I am super excited to read it,I am sure it will be amazing though. It has been a real ride to follow the files and I hope that this won’t be the last anniversary,Thank you for a wonderful three years Claire! 🙂

  8. What a wonderful month Febuary has been for you, birthday, book and now 3 year anniversary of your wonderful idea of a site dedicated to Anne Boleyn, many many congrats!! I bet if Anne could post a message she would thank you with all her heart for bringing to ‘light’ the real story and trying to banish the myths that have arisen about her. Well done you clever girl… enjoy your celebration 🙂

    1. P.S. love the sound track on the video, I have Tudor music cds, but not with that one on. I would appreciate it if you could let me know what it is called, I would like to add it to my collection. Enjoy the Champagne.

  9. Congratulations, not only on the book, but the third anniversary of this blog!

    Maybe we should have Sir Tim weigh in, and tell us what it is like being married to a woman who may qualify as a renewable/green energy source with all of her excitement of late?

  10. What a great way to end a rather awful work week. I ordered my copy of your book today. I finally got my refund from the federal government and could afford a copy. Kind of a funny coincidence that I had money when I finally saw on facebook that your book was on Amazon. Congrats and all, Lisa and Princess (my furbaby)

  11. Claire, I am so happy for you! When I logged onto your site, I think about 2 years ago. I loved it so much Iput it on my tool bar. I have enjoyed it so much since. I thank you for your knowledge and personal notes to those of us who visit. I know that it must take an extroidinary amount of work. However, it is never work….when you do something you love, is it? Your site has impoved over and over again in those 3 years. As you well know, that I do my part to keep the Tudors alive by being a living history teacher. I am excited to tell you that my husband and I have booked our trip and we will be arriving in England on May the 9th. I’m so very excited. To tour some of the things I had enjoyed (such as the towers) and perhaps this time to be able to see Westminister. We then will be cruising for 12 days to Wales, various places in Ireland and Scottland. I am elated and on cloud nine! While I have seen a bit on London, I have never been further north. To see Stirling, I’m a huge fan of William Wallace (long before braveheart) and Rob Roy. I did want to ask you or perhaps others if they know what are some of the best hotels to stay at while we visit London? So many to choose I havent any idea where to begin. Last time I was a student and stayed in a Hostel for two nights and a cheaper bed and breakfast. I shall enjoy the newest books of yours, on my kindle, while flying over from my side of the world (oklahoma) to yours! God bell you Claire, truly you are an accomplished historian. Your family must be so very proud of you!

  12. Claire,Happy Birthday 3, Anne Boleyn Files to you!! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your site,I have had great fun,learnd alot,love the books and all those who want to see Queen Anne stop being DEFACED and you Claire have really done a great job of doing that.Hope the next years to come are the best ever. Besr Wishes Baroness.

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