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In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn Hardcover – 15 Sep 2013
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‘A treasure trove of facts and details’ (Robin Maxwell)
‘This book literally takes the reader on a trip to all the places that played a part in the full, but fatally short life of one of England’s most famous queens’ (The Good Book Guide)
‘This book is definitely one of the few “must haves” for Anne Boleyn enthusiasts’ (Lucy Churchill) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Sarah Morris runs the website www.anneboleynbook.com, dedicated to her non-fiction and fiction writing about England’s most famous queen consort.
Natalie Grueninger is a researcher, writer and educator, and founder of www.onthetudortrail.com, a site about Anne Boleyn and Tudor England.
Top customer reviews
The quality of the content, the captive and descriptive writings, and the prints/photographs could not have been better.
The sheer hard work, time and effort Natalie and Sarah put into this book shine through, as do their love, dedication and in-depth knowledge of the subject.
Both of them should be so proud of their accomplishment of producing a book of this quality.
I can not praise this book enough, I am sure it will bring pleasure to all that read it.
Now I'm off on the journeys of Anne Boleyn again, by reading it for the second time!!
Even though a good many of the buildings are no longer as they were in AB's time, or else have completely vanished, the authors do a great job at `reconstructing' in the mind of their readers an approximation of how they would have been using historic records. Others, such as The Tower or Hever Castle are very much on the tourist map, of course, and these popular venues are treated extensively. For each site, you get notes on background and history and how the place fits in with the facts that are known of AB's life. There are over 100 photos and illustrations, with references to documents the artefacts, nearby attractions and, most importantly, visitor information so you can plan your visit. The whole book is very well designed and set out neatly and generously on the page.
It might be tempting to expect this book to deal only with a narrow, specialised area - since it is, after all, focused on the life and experiences of one person - but it goes much further than that. The short life of Anne Boleyn provides us with a snapshot of one of the most important and transforming (for good or ill) periods of English history - the Early days of the Reformation, the dissolution of monasteries and the break of the Church of England with Rome. Her life was inextricably bound up with all of this upheaval. Not only is this a must acquisition for any Anne Boleyn devotee, therefore, it is also a source of reference material for anyone interested in Tudor times.
I can't think of a better or more descriptive title: In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn - and the authors have left no stone unturned in their quest to include every place of significance. There are touches of humour and warmth, and it is clear that the authors have a deep and abiding love of their subject. A book not only to dip into, but one to use for research, to accompany you on your journey to historic places or to plan your long-haul visits to England if you are a history-tourist coming from overseas. A modern day Tudor treasure.
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.
I am happy to say that this book did not disappoint! There is such a wealth of information within this book that once I picked it up I honestly had a hard time putting it down! Sarah and Natalie give a slightly different layout of Anne Boleyn's life. Rather than writing about her life according to the different events that happened to her, the authors chart her life in regards to the different places that Anne would have lived in or visited during her years.
What I truly love about this book is the amount of information and detail that is given about each place. The reader is able to gain a wonderful insight into what the houses, places, manors etc. would have looked like in Anne Boleyn's day, where she would have slept, eaten and her happenings at each place. The authors explain why Anne Boleyn would have been at each location and approximately how long she stayed or how many visits she made. They then move on to talk about what the location looks like in modern times, if it survives, or what part of the building still stands. At the end of each location the authors provide a fantastic addition called `Visitors Information' which outlines addresses, contact details, visitor information and any other little bits and pieces vistors may need to know. This is a wonderful addition as it gives the reader valuable information if they wish to visit the site.
I also loved the maps that were included at the beginning of the book. While I have travelled to England I have not been to many parts of the country and the maps provide a wonderful addition as they help the reader plot out where each location was in both England and in Europe. There is also a Boleyn family tree included in the front of the book which allows the reader to see the other members of Anne's family.
One of my favourite additions to the book are the multitude of high quality photos, paintings, manor layouts and images of the different places that are described and detailed within the book. These are a fantastic edition as they allow the reader to not only read about each location but to also look at a picture or painting and gain an idea of what it looks like in today's times or even better what it would have looked like during Anne's life. These are fantastic images, clear and very beautiful and I have to say I spent a great deal of time studying each image and imagining Anne Boleyn walking through the gardens or halls of each location.
I believe this book is a celebration of Anne Boleyn's Life. Often books about Anne Boleyn focus on her downfall and the tragic events of her death which although important, can also be quite heavy. Sarah and Natalie's book however felt like they were celebrating Anne's life, giving the reader an insight as to what her life would have been like and the places that she would have known and visited. The wonderful thing about this book is that it gives people the information that if they wish they can follow in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn and visit places Anne would have known. The only thing that really separates the reader from Anne is the expanse of time.
I adored this book and found it a wonderful and refreshing look not only at the places Anne Boleyn visited and lived but also at her life. The only thing I think that would make this book any better is if it came in a paperback version, which would be lighter to carry around in a backpack as you are retracting the footsteps of Anne Boleyn! This book is certainly a must have for any lover of Anne Boleyn or in fact anyone interested in Tudor history.