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In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn

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On the morning of 19 May 1536, a French blade stilled the heart of an English queen. Her name was Anne Boleyn and her story has made an indelible mark on history. This book will take you through stately homes, castles, chapels and artefacts with a connection to Anne.

Explore Hever Castle, Anne's childhood home where two breathtaking Book of Hours both signed and inscribed
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 28th 2013 by Amberley Publishing (first published September 2013)
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Oct 04, 2015 Juliew. rated it really liked it
I'm giving this 4.5 stars.

A very informative guide to places that Anne Boleyn inhabited and occupied during her life time.I plan to use this as a resource when I'm doing further reading about her.I thought most of the photographs of palaces,stately homes and churches were gorgeous and intriguing.The black and white drawings and engravings especially caught my attention because they told of what the buildings actually looked like in Anne's time.The stories associated with each property are well r
Dec 26, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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When I first heard that this book was going to be written I have to admit that I became rather excited. To my knowledge there has not been another book written which looks at the places that Anne Boleyn visited within her lifetime. I was eager for this book as while I know about the more well-known places such as Hever Castle where she lived as a young child and the Tower of London where she spent her final days, I did not know about the lesser known places such as palaces within France that she ...more
Joanna Ferris
Mar 06, 2014 Joanna Ferris rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful piece of work, thoroughly researched and easy to use. Having spent many years reading historical pieces and guides, it's refreshing to feel that you can relax into a book and simply enjoy it, as the book is solidly referenced and the authors are not afraid to say "We simply do not know" when appropriate. It is a very personal guide and the authors' love for their subject matter beams through every words and photograph but never threatens to overpower the work with fanaticism ...more
Claire Ridgway
Sep 16, 2013 Claire Ridgway rated it it was amazing
In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn is described as "the visitor's companion to the palaces, castles and houses associated with Henry VIII's infamous wife" and it really is just that. Unlike a normal guide book, it does not sort the places into geographical areas, although there are useful maps at the beginning to show the areas covered, it examines the places in relation to the chronology of Anne Boleyn's life. Sarah and Natalie give a detailed guide to each place, covering things like:

- The buildi
Sep 18, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANNE BOLEYN is a MUST read for all fans of the Tudors and, especially, for those of us who are fascinated by England’s most notorious queen. But this book is unique–for it is both a study of the life of Anne Boleyn and a study of her travels. The authors combine a love of history with a love of architecture as they trace Anne’s life through it’s stages and across countries. They also include information about how to get to these sometimes remote areas and who to contact for m ...more
Janet Wertman
Mar 06, 2015 Janet Wertman rated it it was amazing
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Our surroundings are said to shape us. Scientists have shown that buildings with natural elements (light, air, plantings) help reduce stress and stimulate learning and productivity, that high ceilings and large rooms promote expansive and creative thinking. We have even seen that living in close-knit communities can promote small anonymous acts of charity. We intuit many of these effects based on our own experience of the rooms themselves. That is the particular genius of this book.

In the Footst
Oct 17, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely fantastic, it will really take you as far into the world of Anne Boleyn as you are ever going to get. Here you learn about every Palace, Castle, Stately home, Church, Abbey etc that Anne ever visited, and with as much information as possible. Many places do not survive and have been long forgotten, but this book will really bring them back to life. It is perfect not just for those fascinated by Anne Boleyn and Tudor history in general, but also for those who love architec ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
What if you could put names to the places that Anne Boleyn visited?
In The Footsteps of Anne Boleyn takes you on an amazing journey of manors, castles and palaces that Anne visited.
Each entry has been meticulously researched and gives the reader a mental picture of what it would have looked like during Tudor times.
I loved it and now have the task of adding these wonderful places onto a very long list of places to visit.
Well done Sarah & Natalie.
Victoria Johnston
I really enjoyed this book. As a longtime Anne Boleyn fan I was interested to read of some of the places she had visited. Some of which I had not ever considered as associated with Anne Boleyn before!

The amount of research that has gone into this book is staggering and I enoyed reading it.

I hope to visit some of the lesser known places listed in the book once I have some free time!

Jan 01, 2014 Nisha rated it it was amazing
As someone who has read hundreds of books about the Tudor period, I was thrilled to see how much new (or forgotten) information surfaced in this book. I'm ready to go to England right now and check all these places out!
Sep 02, 2016 Kristie rated it it was amazing
This excellent book is well researched and is an interesting read. From the air chair traveler to the person able to physically visit a site, this book will open up Anne's world. Filled with pictures, it is a wonderful help for any Anne Boleyn fan.
Jan 29, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Love it
Amy Licence
Oct 03, 2013 Amy Licence rated it it was amazing

Anne Boleyn remains one of the most controversial and thought-provoking figures of Henry VIII’s court. As a sophisticated beauty, her rise to fame ruffled many feathers amongst the supporters of Catherine of Aragon and challenged the expectations of queenship. The tempestuous marriage that followed, the birth of her daughter and her shocking death at the hands of her husband, on blatantly trumped-up charges, have rightly earned her a following dedicated to studying her life and defending her nam
Jan 16, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
In The Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger caught my eye as it combined my love of visiting old buildings with an ever more growing interest in Tudor history. (To be fair, the book had already caught my eye through facebook and twitter, but the sight of author Sarah Morris dressed as Anne Boleyn to sell the book at an open day at Bramshill meant I couldn’t resist buying it!) The authors have developed the wonderful idea of following the trail of Anne Boleyn’s life thr ...more
Rio (Lynne)
Oct 14, 2013 Rio (Lynne) rated it it was amazing
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What a wonderful book! It was so worth the cost ordering it from England. The authors literally take us through Anne's footsteps from her beginnings at Blicking Hall to her death. For those of us traveling to England this is our travel guide. Everything from where Anne visited, lived and prayed to tourist's information. The authors added pictures of each destination (some I have never seen.) If you're not planning at trip to England you can follow in Anne's footsteps throughout this beautiful bo ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
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A thoroughly researched look at the many places and artifacts visited or touched by one of the most famous Queens of England. I quite enjoyed getting a glimpse of the many places that Anne Boleyn visited, as well as many of the possessions of hers that still exist. The latter was especially surprising to me, as I had been under the impression that nearly everything that she had owned had been destroyed by a vengeful Henry VIII.

A great read, and a great guide should you ever wish to walk in the f
Dec 12, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
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A useful resource for novelists as well as tourists. Two minor quibbles, which aren't really the authors' fault. The print was on the small side and made reading much at a time frustrating. And although there were a lot of illustrations I would have found them more useful if they had been larger and placed with the text describing the location. I especially liked the section on the progress of 1535. Throughout the book the authors' enthusiasm for their subject is obvious and that alone makes it ...more
Rachel Green
Oct 21, 2013 Rachel Green rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book - so enjoyed reading it.
The research that was done for this book is amazing as well as the attention to detail.
Love the idea that buildings that no longer exist made it into the book - with the authors description of what was once there you truly get a feel of the original building. This is a complete tour guide for any Anne Boleyn fan. This is a 'must read'.
Congratulations Sarah & Natalie - wishing you both every success with this book.

Nov 21, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Non-fiction describing the places Anne Boleyn visited in France and England. I am a die-hard English history fan. I've read about these places for years. At last I got a better understanding of them -- where they were, what they were like, and what happened to the ones that no longer exist. Fascinating book for Tudor fans.
Apr 07, 2015 Bernadette rated it really liked it
This was great guide on all the places that Anne lived or visited.Most of them are not frequently talked about which made them even more interesting to learn about. This is a great guide of places for anyone who loves Tudor history and who is fascinated by Queen Anne Boleyn's life.
Apr 06, 2014 Cathy rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a guide to the places associated with Anne Boleyn. Some still exist and many do not, but the book retraces where she was chronologically. It is an invaluable resource for a "Tudor" trip to England and will function as an "Anne Boleyn Guidebook."
Hilary Bridewell
Dec 07, 2014 Hilary Bridewell rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant book, wherever I travel that Anne has been I take the book with me. My Anne Boleyn bible!
Nov 03, 2015 Ark816 rated it really liked it
Great read if you're planning a Tudor tour of London!
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Dec 06, 2013 Tudor Book Blog rated it it was amazing
I am pleased to be reviewing 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn' by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger (originally) on the Tudor Book Blog, as part of their Virtual Book Tour. This nifty handbook to Anne Boleyn locations grabbed my attention from the first entry. The book is organized in chronological order, covering Anne Boleyn's:

Early Life (including locations in France where Anne spend part of her childhood/teen years)
The Courting Years
Anne the Queen
The 1535 Progress

and ends with a section on
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