Posted By Claire on December 15, 2019
This week has been crazy! On Wednesday I flew to the UK for a very special meet-up with one of my very best friends and a man with whom I’m very lucky to be writing a book. I’m so very excited about this project. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I’d be writing a book about my happy place and with such a talented historian. Yay!
In May 2018, castle supervisor Owen Emmerson and I shook hands on a book idea, a social history of Hever Castle. Owen was actually dressed as Henry VIII at the time, so it was all a bit surreal! We have been friends for quite a few years now, drawn together by our shared love for all things Anne Boleyn, and we both feel strongly about Hever Castle. Owen is lucky enough to work there and I’m blessed to be able to visit it several times a year.
Hever Castle is an amazing place with an incredibly rich history. It has been home to so many prominent families and there are also many myths and inaccuracies regarding its history, ownership and its development through the ages. Owen and I want to tell Hever Castle’s story through the people that owned it, from its beginnings as a medieval manor, through its time as a castle that was owned by kings and queens, all the way to the present day. We hope to bring this beautiful castle, and the families connected to it, to life.
Hever: A Castle and its People will be published in early 2021.
Thank you to Hever Castle for allowing me and Owen to announce our book in the very place that we decided on the project. Here’s our announcement!