Register now for The Fall of Anne Boleyn!

| April 22, 2022

Register now for The Fall of Anne Boleyn!

There’s less than a month how until my online event, “The Fall of Anne Boleyn with Claire Ridgway”! Thank you to all those who’ve signed up and I’m glad you’re as excited as I am. I’m so looking forward to exploring the events of spring 1536 with you, and looking at Anne Boleyn’s legacy. Here […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown and Amazon’s Prime Reading Program

| March 29, 2017

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown and Amazon’s Prime Reading Program

Amazon.com have just added the kindle version of my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown to their “Prime Reading Program”. In a statement about this programme, which was launched in October 2016, Amazon explained “Prime members can now enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics and more – at […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown

| May 9, 2013

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown

Shameless advertising, I’m afraid, but then it is my book and it is quite good, although I am rather biased! For those of you who have never heard of it, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown tells the story of Anne’s fall a day at a time and is based on the primary sources, […]

6 May 1536 – From the Lady in the Tower

| May 6, 2013

6 May 1536 – From the Lady in the Tower

On 6th May 1536, it is said that Anne Boleyn wrote the following letter to her husband, King Henry VIII, from the Tower of London: “To the King from the Lady in the Tower” [Heading said to have been added by Thomas Cromwell] “Sir, your Grace’s displeasure, and my Imprisonment are Things so strange unto […]

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the Marmalade Cupboard and Dead Men’s Shoes

| April 29, 2013

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the Marmalade Cupboard and Dead Men’s Shoes

It sounds like a weird game of Cluedo doesn’t it? Well, the spring of 1536 was a bit like a game of cluedo or a crime novels, lots of twists and turns, and alleged dirty deeds. According to Anne Boleyn, in a conversation she had with Mrs Stoner in the Tower, she had a run-in […]

27 April 1536 – Parliament Summoned

| April 27, 2013

27 April 1536 – Parliament Summoned

On 27th April 1536, writs were issued summoning Parliament, and a letter was sent to Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, asking him to attend Parliament. Here is the relevant section from the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII: “Summons to the archbishop of Canterbury to attend the Parliament which is to meet […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn – The Various Theories

| April 9, 2013

The Fall of Anne Boleyn – The Various Theories

Thank you so much to Tamise from The Lady Jane Grey Reference Guide for inspiring this post. Tamise emailed me and asked me if I’d consider writing a post outlining the differing views regarding Anne Boleyn’s fall and I thought it was an excellent idea. The responsibility for Anne’s fall is something I discuss towards […]

Bring Up the Bodies – The Facts Behind the Fiction

| June 26, 2012

Bring Up the Bodies – The Facts Behind the Fiction

Since Hilary Mantel’s novel Bring Up the Bodies has been published, I have been inundated with emails asking me if I was going to review it and also asking me whether certain things are true. Well, I’m not going to review it because I don’t feel right doing that when I’ve also written a book […]

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