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About Claire Ridgway
Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books GEORGE BOLEYN: TUDOR POET, COURTIER AND DIPLOMAT (co-written with Clare Cherry), ON THIS DAY IN TUDOR HISTORY, THE FALL OF ANNE BOLEYN: A COUNTDOWN, THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION, THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION II and THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION III, SWEATING SICKNESS IN A NUTSHELL and TUDOR PLACES OF GREAT BRITAIN. Claire also collaborated with artist Dmitry Yakhovsky on THE LIFE OF ANNE BOLEYN COLOURING BOOK. Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst's 19th-century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, available as TWO GENTLEMAN POETS AT THE COURT OF HENRY VIII.
Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author. The Anne Boleyn Files is known for its historical accuracy and Claire's mission to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn's story. Her writing is easy-to-read and conversational, and readers often comment on how reading Claire's books is like having a coffee with her and chatting about history.
Claire is also the founder of The Tudor Society.
To find her on the web, please visit:
Claire is also on Twitter (@anneboleynfiles), Facebook (theanneboleynfiles) and Instagram (anneboleynfiles).
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Hever Castle is a picture-postcard fortified manor house nestled in the Kent countryside. It is 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 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.
Owen Emmerson and Claire Ridgway have combined their considerable knowledge of the Boleyn family and Hever Castle to create this luxurious book. Packed with history and full-colour images, The Boleyns of Hever Castle will educate and enlighten you.
“A sumptuously illustrated and impeccably researched history about the domestic life of a family that shaped British history. This is a fascinating window into both the Boleyns’ lives at Hever and upper-class life on the eve of the Reformation.” - Gareth Russell, Author of Young and Damned and Fair.
"The Anne Boleyn Collection" brings together the most popular articles from top Tudor website The Anne Boleyn Files. Articles which have provoked discussion and debate. Articles that people have found fascinating.
Written in Claire's easy-going style, but with an emphasis on good history and sound research, these articles are perfect reading for Tudor history lovers everywhere. Discover the real truth about the Tudors
- Should Anne Boleyn be pardoned and reburied as Queen?
- Anne Boleyn and "The Other Boleyn Girl".
- Did Anne Boleyn dig her own grave?
- The Six Wives' stereotypes - are they right?
- Did Anne Boleyn commit incest with her brother?
Drawing on sixteenth century letters, eye witness accounts and chronicles, Claire Ridgway leads the reader through the sequence of chilling events one day at a time, telling the true story of Anne Boleyn’s fall. The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown is presented in a diary format, allowing readers to dip in, look up a particular date, or read from start to finish. Special features include mini biographies of those involved, a timeline of events and full referencing.
Claire Ridgway, creator of The Anne Boleyn Files website and author of The Anne Boleyn Collection, continues her mission to share the real truth about Anne Boleyn.
This biography allows George to step out of the shadows and brings him to life as a court poet, royal favourite, keen sportsman, talented diplomat and loyal brother. Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway chart his life from his spectacular rise in the 1520s to his dramatic fall and tragic end in 1536.
George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat is divided into three sections – Beginnings, Career and Influence, and End of an Era – and topics include:
- George Boleyn’s poetry
- Personal attributes and social pursuits
- George’s marriage to Jane Parker
- The Reformation Parliament and the League of Schmalkalden
- George the Diplomat
- The fall of the Boleyns, arrests and trials
- The aftermath of their fall
- George Boleyn, Dean of Lichfield, and the Clonony Castle Boleyns
The biography is fully referenced and includes chapter notes, bibliography and useful appendices.
This must-have book for Tudor history lovers is perfect for:
Dipping into daily over your morning coffee
Using in the classroom
Trivia nights and quizzes
Finding out what happened on your birthday or special day
Wowing friends and family with your Tudor history knowledge
Researching the Tudor period
Written by best-selling Tudor history author Claire Ridgway, On This Day in Tudor History contains a wealth of information about your favourite Tudor monarchs, their subjects and the times they lived in.
Did you know: on 17th January 1569 Agnes Bowker gave birth to a cat?
Claire Ridgway, best-selling author and creator of the Anne Boleyn Files website, celebrates the 10th anniversary of her site with this collection of articles on Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, and Tudor history.
Written in Claire's easy-going style, but with an emphasis on good history and sound research, The Anne Boleyn Collection III is perfect reading for Tudor history lovers everywhere. Myths, popular misconceptions and inaccuracies, are all challenged by Claire using contemporary evidence.
- What did Anne Boleyn look like?
- Did Henry VIII love Anne Boleyn?
- Mary Boleyn and Henry VIII
- The spitefully ambitious Anne Boleyn
- Was Anne Boleyn in love with Henry Norris?
- Lady Jane Grey and Mary I - Who was the usurper?
- Henry VIII - From Renaissance prince to tyrant
- The Fall of Anne Boleyn - Why did it happen?
The fascinating articles are taken from the popular Anne Boleyn Files website and talks that Claire has done over the past few years.
- The origins of the Boleyn family
- Anne Boleyn's date of birth
- Did Anne Boleyn serve Margaret of Austria and Queen Claude of France?
- Anne Boleyn's love life
- Anne Boleyn and James Butler
- Anne Boleyn and the accusation of witchcraft
- Anne Boleyn's pregnancies and miscarriages
- Pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times
- Anne and Elizabeth I
- Anne Boleyn and the Tower of London
- Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, Earl and Countess of Wiltshire
- George Boleyn, Lord Rochford
- Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford
- Mary Boleyn
- The Boleyns and Religion
and much more...
The Anne Boleyn Collection II is fully referenced, with chapter notes and bibliography, and includes over 40 illustrations.
Claire Ridgway, author and creator of The Anne Boleyn Files, is known for her easy-going style, but with an emphasis on good history and sound research. In Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell, Claire Ridgway examines what the historical sources say about the five epidemics of the mystery disease which hit England between 1485 and 1551, and considers the symptoms, who it affected, the treatments, theories regarding its cause and why it only affected English people.
This coffee-table style book shows the fascinating progression of English history. Every monarch has a biography plus details of their birth and death dates, the dates they ruled and details of their offspring.
Each monarch is accompanied by a vintage Victorian etching, lovingly restored to perfect condition. These images bring each monarch to life. Anyone with a love of British history will adore this keepsake book.
See English history as you've never seen it before.
Henry VIII was a keen builder, building and renovating properties to serve as pleasure palaces, but his Dissolution of the Monasteries also led to historic properties falling into ruin. Tudor favourites spent their new-found wealth building lavish mansions or converting castles into sumptuous manor houses as statements of their success and to impress the visiting monarch.
In Tudor Places of Great Britain, Tudor history author and founder of the Tudor Society Claire Ridgway guides the reader through properties linked to Tudor monarchs and prominent people of the time, from impressive palaces like Hampton Court Palace, through romantic monastic ruins and merchant houses, to unspoilt villages like Lavenham and Weobley. With over 175 listings, which include descriptions and highlights, full address and website details, Tudor Places of Great Britain is a comprehensive guide to British Tudor places.
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