Uncover the rich, Tudor history of this mighty palace-fortress and how it played host to key Tudor figures such as Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Anne of Cleves. Find out all about the Tudor palace - and how it was used in the sixteenth century - in this 11 page, full colour mini-guide. It is your ultimate guide to the perfect Tudor day out at Dover Castle!
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As lovers of Tudor history, visiting places associated with the period gives us a chance to connect in a completely unique way with our Tudor heroes and heroines.
Your 'Tudor Day Out..at Dover Castle' will be your personal time machine, allowing the centuries to melt away as you rediscover Dover Castle in all its sixteenth century glory. Get up close and personal with several giants of the Tudor age, including Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Anne of Cleves. Hear all about how this castle developed, and was used, during the Tudor era.
Start planning your fascinating, fun-filled, Tudor-themed day out to Dover now with your personal mini-guide...
If you are reading this, I know that you are in love with the Tudor period, and that you probably can't get enough of this most fascinating of dynasties. Believe me; I know exactly how you feel!
I have been utterly lost in the sixteenth century; its glamour, intrigue and treachery, since I was eleven years old. It started out with an obsession with Anne Boleyn; a woman of such strength and personal courage that I have long looked to her as a source of inspiration: to be brave, bold and to be myself, no matter what others may think.
This passion remained a very private affair though, until a visit to Hever Castle in 2010 sparked an unstoppable need to tell the story of Anne Boleyn's innocence. The detailed research I conducted while writing Le Temps Viendra: a Novel of Anne Boleyn took me deep into understanding that my love of visiting buildings with strong ties to the Tudor era was an unconscious desire to connect as deeply as possible with my Tudor heroes and heroines.
I began to see that by being in a physical location, only time and not space, separated me from the people and events of the era. Often, there was a strong energetic presence, that I could almost reach out and touch. As a result, I understood more about the lives of the people that so intrigued me - sometimes it was as if I was seeing them through new eyes.
Since then, I have researched and written extensively about Tudor locations, specialising in recreating places as they would have been during the sixteenth century, both in the blog, and in two books co-authored with my Tudor co-conspirator, Natalie Grueninger: In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII. Today, alongside Natalie, I may well have written more about the places associated with Henry VIII and his wives than anybody else alive!
It is my passion to share this time machine with you, so that you too can enjoy experiencing your Tudor history afresh, and make new and deeper connections with the Tudor characters you most admire during your own Tudor adventures.
I’m now very impatient to get a day at Dover Castle, now I’ve got hold of the Tudor Travel Guide to Dover Castle as I can see there is a lot more to Dover than just the Ferry to Calais.
As a Tudor history enthusiast, Dover Castle is must visit. Major Tudor figures such as Henry VIII, Charles V, Anne Boleyn and Anne of Cleves have passed through its gate.
Built primarily as a defensive fortress, the Castle was frequently used as lodgings for royalty and nobility coming and going across the Channel. Most intriguingly, I learnt, it may even have been where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn consummated their relationship after a long crossing from Calais. With the guide you will be led back into reimagining the Dover Castle of the sixteenth century and the royal apartments.
Most importantly, the guide makes sure you won’t miss any highlights, such as the beautifully renovated Kings’ Lodgings. In addition, there are practical tips for how to make the most of the trip such as other historical sites to visit locally.
- Suzanne Orsler
This compact digital guide is a fantastically well written and useful booklet of information if you are planning a visit to Dover Castle.
As well as giving some History about the castle it takes you back specifically to when the Tudors would have resided there, why and what they were doing there, providing evidence for the visit.
The Guide is beautifully illustrated and takes the reader on a journey through the castle, pointing out interesting features and changed areas along the tour to make the best of your visit.
The additional information for making the most of your visit in Dover provides useful tips and advice to enhance your visit...
- Nicola Daniels
As always, you have shared your meticulous attention to detail, and shared with us your love of all things Tudor - with a sprinkling of history before and after.
Sarah, your guide is wonderful. It is clear and guides you around in a logical manner, describing each area visited, both how it was used and its developed changes.
What is also extremely helpful are the links to events and the Castle and also exploring places nearby. Plus your link to the holiday accommodation is brilliant and certainly one we will be looking at!
A very detailed, useful and helpful guide. I almost felt I was there already. Thank you! One for the holiday box of places to visit!
- Catherine Chinery
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