If you are fascinated by the queen consorts of Henry VIII, and wish to connect more deeply with their story, then this book, which takes you on an incredible journey through some of the most significant the castles, manors and palaces associated with each consort, is a must. By recreating key locations as they would have looked during the early sixteenth century, this book will help you draw back the veil of time and get up close and personal with each of these compelling women and their unique story.
A unique and original book, essential for anyone passionate about any of Henry VIII's queen consorts.
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Are you fascinated by the unique and compelling stories of the six wives of Henry VIII? Whether it is the fortitude of Katherine of Aragon, the mesmerising courage of Anne Boleyn, the meteoric rise of Jane Seymour, the kind-heartedness of Anne of Cleves, the tragic story of Catherine Howard or the fierce intellect of Katherine Parr, each of these women have carved their place in history and continue to fascinate and inspire to this day.
For anyone passionate about Tudor history, it is not just enough to read about their story; we yearn to connect with our Tudor heroines. Perhaps the best way to do this is through the places they visited and called home.
We realised that by following in the footsteps of these six remarkable women, recreating some of the key places associated with their lives, we could see their lives afresh, with new eyes, and events could be put in the context of the places in which they occurred. It is the closest thing you can get to a time machine!
We know through personal experience that by visiting these locations, it is time alone - and not space - which separates us from those who have gone before. Sometimes it is tangible, as if their energy still remains as part of the fabric of the building. It can be a very moving experience.
And so, we invite you to follow in the footsteps of the six wives of Henry VIII, and use this truly a unique book to help you build a new and deeper connection with Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr. Be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime!
This book provides a fresh perspective on the lives of Henry VIII's six wives by embarking on a journey through the manors, castles and palaces in which their lives played out.
This journey traces their steps to the Alhambra in Spain, childhood home of Katherine of Aragon; to the very room in Acton Court where Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII publicly dined; through the cobbled grounds of Hampton Court Palace, which bore witness to both triumph and tragedy for Jane Seymour; into the streets of Dusseldorf in Germnany, birthplace of Anne of Cleves; among the ruins and picturesque gardens of St Mary's Abbey in York where Catherine Howard and Henry VIII rested at the pinnacle of the 1541 progress; and to Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire, where Katherine Parr lived as daughter-in-law of the irascible Sir Thomas Brough.
Each location is described in a fascinating narrative that unearths the queens' lives in documents and artefacts, as well as providing practical visitor information based on the authors' first-hand knowledge of each site.
Accompanied by an extensive range of images including timelines, maps, photographs and sketches, this book brings us closer than ever to the women behind the legends, providing a personal and illuminating journey in the footsteps of the six wives of Henry VIII.
This book is a must-have for every Tudor fan!
I didn't think there was anything new I could learn about the Tudors, but I was mistaken. A brillianty written book that I read in one breath. New facts and useful information about the places where Henry's six wives have lived, illustrated with many photos and maps.
Not only for those who are interested in the Tudors, but also for tourists who want to visit interesting places. A real pleasure to read! For me this book gets 5 stars, I highly recommend it. Many thanks Sarah and Natalie, you have done a great job!
- Jannie Stijntjes (via Amazon)
What a wonderful book this is!
Sitting on my sofa when I get time, I can't get enough of this book. It really does take you back and you can picture all these fantastic buildings, and so much information, lovely colour photos, plus black and white images.
I bought the authors first book about Anne Boleyn, and its one of my favourites, so when this one came out I had to buy it...it's worth every penny.
- 'Heather' (via Amazon)
I shall now be carrying this book with me whenever I visit any of the locations listed!
Sarah and Natalie are a splendid team, their accounts and writings draw you in and bring the past back to life for you.
This really is a gem of a book, and it is perfect for anyone with an interest in buildings, architecture, history, Tudors and rediscovering the past. Walking in the footsteps of those that have lived before us, helps us understand these people better, it is an amazing concept of a book.
- James (via Amazon)
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