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Day 4 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

| May 16, 2019

Day 4 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

Our last full day on the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019 was perfect in every way. The sun was shining down on us as we left Hever for our day at the Tower of London and it kept shining on us all day. We had a wonderful time at the Tower, enjoying time with our […]

Day 3 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

| May 15, 2019

Day 3 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

Do you think Tim will notice if I don’t return home? I’m sure Hever won’t notice if I move in to a little cubby hole somewhere, perhaps the priest hole! I’m having such a blast on the Anne Boleyn Experience tour that I’m not sure I want it to finish! Today, we visited the stunning […]

Day 2 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

| May 14, 2019

Day 2 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

Today was the perfect first full day of the tour – a day to explore Hever Castle and its surroundings – the castle itself, the beautiful gardens, the local church with its brass memorials for Thomas Boleyn and Henry Boleyn, the gift shop… Then, a private after-hours tour of the castle (incorporating the Hidden Hever […]

Day 1 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

| May 13, 2019

Day 1 of the Anne Boleyn Experience Tour 2019

It’s Day 1 of our Anne Boleyn Experience Tour based at Hever Castle, the Boleyn family home in Kent, and I’m already in Tudor bliss. Lovely people, yummy food, lots of talking Tudor, meeting old friends, luxury accommodation, Hever Castle… what more could I want? Find out all about Day 1 in my diary post […]

The royals and Maundy Thursday

| April 18, 2019

The royals and Maundy Thursday

Today, the day before Good Friday, is Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday. It’s the day that commemorates the Last Supper, that final and special meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples, and where he washed their feet. As I’ve explained in previous articles, the Gospels’ account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet was remembered […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

| February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your day is filled with love and joy whatever you’re doing today. To celebrate the day of love, I thought I’d share some resources with you that are related to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and their relationship, when it was happy! Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn by […]

7 February 1526 – Declare I dare not

| February 7, 2019

7 February 1526 – Declare I dare not

On this day in Tudor history, 7th February 1526, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the annual Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The king jousted that day and he wore an interesting motto: “declare je n’ose”, or “declare I dare not”. What did this motto mean? Was the king in love? Was […]

Happy New Year from Claire

| January 1, 2019

I just wanted to wish Anne Boleyn Files followers a very Happy New Year! May 2019 bring you love, joy, peace and prosperity, and lots of Tudor history too. New Year is when I reflect on what I did over the previous year and look forward to everything I have planned for the next. Well, […]