Love Letters

Letters written to Anne Boleyn by Henry VIII

As I work on my upcoming fiction series which is a modern day retelling of the love story of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn, with a touch of magic, I want to get insight into Henry before he became the monster who executed his own great love. While researching, I’ve found numerous websites detailing ‘Henry’s First Letter’ yet they were all different missives. I’ve reached out for more clarification. As of this writing one Tudor expert has responded and says the order of the letters is debated. So, I’ll start with the first letter which I found in a book that is based on the letters as released in a volume which was published by Oxford in the 1700s.

If anyone can offer insight as to the chronological release of these tomes, that would be greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, enjoy Letter 1.

Look for my first story The Beckoning, to be released February 2021. 

On turning over in my mind the contents of your last letters, I have put myself into great agony, not knowing how to interpret them, whether to my disadvantage, as you show in some places, or to my advantage, as I understand them in some others, beseeching you earnestly to let me know expressly your whole mind as to the love between us two. It is absolutely necessary for me to obtain this answer, having been for above a whole year stricken with the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail of finding a place in your heart and affection, which last point has prevented me for some time past from calling you my mistress; because, if you only love me with an ordinary love, that name is not suitable for you, because it denotes a singular love, which is far from common. But if you please to do the office of a true loyal mistress and friend, and to give up yourself body and heart to me, who will be, and have been, your most loyal servant, (if your rigour does not forbid me) I promise you that not only the name shall be given you, but also that I will take you for my only mistress, casting off all others besides you out of my thoughts and affections, and serve you only. I beseech you to give an entire answer to this my rude letter, that I may know on what and how far I may depend. And if it does not please you to answer me in writing, appoint some place where I may have it by word of mouth, and I will go thither with all my heart. No more, for fear of tiring you. Written by the hand of him who would willingly remain yours,

H. R.

Special Reveal! British History: Royals, Rebels and Romantics

British History: Royals, Rebels and Romantics with Carol Ann Lloyd

Tudor History and Shakespearean expert, Carol Ann Lloyd has announce a new weekly podcast, British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics. It is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts.

Meet famous and infamous characters, walk with playwrights and peasants, and wander through castles and cathedrals. New episodes every Wednesday.

Have a question about British history, something you’ve always wanted to know? Just ask! Let’s explore history together.

Look for a free Zoom meeting on June 16th with Carol Ann. Send your questions to me at I’ll forward them to Carol Ann, who so looks forward to these! Get this fun & informative event on your calendar today!

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About Carol Ann Lloyd

Carol Ann Lloyd (or Lloyd-Stanger) is a speaker and writer who shares the stories of history and Shakespeare to illuminate what’s possible in our lives today. She presents in-person and online programs across the country for the Smithsonian, Royal Oak Foundation, Folger Shakespeare Library, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/George Mason University, Agecroft Hall, and more. Carol Ann presented a TEDx talk about Shakespeare in October 2017. She also offers programs for business audiences that demonstrate how Shakespeare and history offer practical strategies to increase skills in leadership, public speaking, customer service, and interpersonal communication. Carol Ann earned Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Utah. The former Manager of Visitor Education at the Folger Shakespeare Library, she is also an Instructor for Language at Work. She is a member of the National Speakers Association.

Look for her as a featured speaker in October at Tudorcon 2020!

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On The Tudor Trail

This just in from Natalie Grueninger and On The Tudor Trail…

Over two exciting months, Natalie Grueninger will host weekly discussions on her podcast, Talking Tudors, with a number of leading experts & Boleyn historians. The rich array of topics will cover everything from Boleyn supporters at Henry VIII’s court to Thomas Cromwell’s role in Anne Boleyn’s downfall. Listeners will gain a fresh perspective on one of the most prominent and misunderstood families of the Tudor era, and come face to face with the people behind the famous family name.

In addition to the weekly episodes, there will also be giveaways and guest
posts by some amazing historians/novelists: Tracy Borman, Adrienne
Dillard, Wendy J. Dunn, Andy Demsky and Tamsin Lewis. As well as the
podcasts and guest articles, illustrator Kathryn Holeman will present two
fun Tudor drawing tutorials. But wait, there’s more… The brilliant
Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, will answer your questions about Anne Boleyn!

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The Most Happy


A wonderful window into the mind of the iconic Anne Boleyn. Step into her world as she retells her story. We know what history has told us. But we are yet to know the woman behind the legend. Take a peek inside and see what she has to say about her life and legacy. “Many have tried to tell my story … but none have told the truth. I will have my say.” The book is written from a first person perspective and is a fresh look at the well known story of Anne Boleyn. Find out the truth about her love for Henry Tudor and the truth about how the tragedies in her world affected her.

About the author:

Holly-Eloise Walters is an author from Bristol, England. She debuted with her first book, The Most Happy on the 4th October 2019. She has always enjoyed writing and intends to continue her work within the historical fiction genre.  Holly is 26 years old and has lived in Bristol her whole life. Her first book, The Most Happy is a historical fiction based upon the life of Anne Boleyn.

Holly wishes to breathe new life into historical figures and has quoted that her goal for The Most Happy was to “Give Anne back her voice.”  She goes on to say.

“I have always disliked how some of our history is seen as nothing more than a name in a book. We forget that Anne, like many others was a real person with real thoughts and feelings.”

Holly-Eloise Walters

The Most happy is now available to purchase at these sites:

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A Day at Hampton Court Palace

Today we had the honor of taking a private tour of Hampton Court Palace. My husband & I have been before but this was our first trip together. It’s been a magical day. Here are a few highlights.

Entry to the Tudor kitchens via the Grace & Favour apartments
Anne Boleyn’s Gateway, Tudor brickwork & ceiling
I’m so in love with this clock! ❤️
The color, symbolism & pageantry of Henry VIII
Ceiling medallions of the Tudor Rose & Royal insignias from the Henrican Court
Jane Seymour’s Phoenix Rising crest
Victorian reproductions of Tudor stained glass
The Tudor’s Great Hall & tapestries
Henry & Anne inscription
Commerative memorial to Anne Boleyn outside the Queen’s Quarters
The turret room in the Anne Boleyn quarters where she prayed for days knowing that Henry had grown tired of her.
Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward VI in the rooms on the top floor.
Selfie in the William & Mary wing of the palace.
The immortal Rainbow Portrait of Elizabeth I
Close-up of the Bacton Altar Cloth. The fabric appears to be similar, possibly the same, as the bodice of the dress worn in the Rainbow Portrait.
Henry VIII’s apartments

What a dream come true!

Special Announcement!

Please welcome Sarah Morris as she makes a very special EXCLUSIVE announcement for those who love all things Tudor History! In addition, she reveals more info on the 1535 progress made by Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn, which she and Natalie Grueninger are taking and we can join virtually.

So you might be wondering who is The Tudor Travel Guide? Hello! My name is Sarah Morris and online I am The Tudor Travel Guide. I live in England, in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. I have been enthralled by the Tudors since I was a child, learning about them at school and spending many happy weekends and holidays touring historic properties with my parents. This was where my love of history began.

Anne Boleyn is my historical heroine: an intelligent and courageous woman who was well ahead of her time, in my opinion. I have long been fascinated by her, but unlike Henry VIII, my interest has never waned! In 2010, I began writing my first Tudor novel; Le Temps Viendra; a Novel of Anne Boleyn. This was published in 2012, followed closely thereafter by two non-fiction books; In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII, co-authored with Natalie Gruneninger. I was also featured in A Tale of Two Sisters on Yesterday TV, as the ‘Boleyn expert’, talking about the relationship between Anne and Mary Boleyn, and this year took part in the filming of a documentary about the life of Mary I for France2 called, Les Secrets D’Histoire. This is due to air later this year.

I created The Tudor Travel Guide back in March 2018. I am fascinated by Tudor places and this idea that when we stand in a place, or building, with strong ties to the Tudor era, it is only time, and not space, which separates us from those who have gone before. With The Tudor Travel Guide, my aim is to help people connect more deeply with the sixteenth century through recreating places as they would have looked at the time. By doing so, I find it helps the imagination recreate events and characters more vividly, bringing us even closer to the past.

Alongside the blog, (where new articles are usually added weekly), I run a monthly podcast called The Tudor Travel Show. I have such incredible fun making these shows, as I head out on the road to historic properties with strong ties to the Tudor era. Usually, with a local expert or guide on hand, we go exploring the location and its history to give you a real sense of being there yourself. Oh, and then there is the TTG newsdesk, where we bring you all the latest breaking sixteenth century news. Not sure how this works? Then you must tune in. Recording it is one of my favourite blogging to-dos of the month!

Quite often, when I am on location recording the podcast, I will take the opportunity to shoot an accompanying video. You can find these on my YouTube channel: The Tudor Travel Guide. So whether you prefer to read, listen or watch your Tudor history, there will be something for you to lose yourself in and enjoy.

How can you get more involved? Well, of course, you will find me on all the main social media channels (links below). I love to hear from people: comments, feedback and questions. It’s great to have emails arriving in my inbox giving me feedback and sharing thoughts on what folk are enjoying. I always respond to email, although things get a little hectic to say the least, so while it might not be immediate, you will get a reply, I promise!

Although it doesn’t happen too much at the moment, I’d also be delighted to field more questions and read out feedback from listeners to the podcast. If you want to get really involved with the show, then The Tudor Travel Show’s Patron Programme might just be for you. Through sponsorship of the programme, The Tudor Travel Show will have a much greater chance of staying on the road. There are all sorts of levels of sponsorship starting at just $1 a month. However, if you wish to be a super-supporter, then at some of the higher levels of sponsorship you can influence the theme / content of a show, or even come on location while it is being recorded. That would be so much fun!

So, what’s coming up for you to enjoy? Well, regular blogs and podcasts. Themes over the next 3 months include Jane Seymour (we will be travelling to Wolfhall and hearing about the recent restoration of a fascinating painting of Jane at the National Portrait Gallery). We will also be touring Penshurst Place, and in December there will be a very special Christmas visit to Hever. I am SO looking forward to that! We will be recording both a podcast and video of the castle dressed for Christmas. If you haven’t seen Anne Boleyn’s childhood home at Christmas before, get ready for a real treat.

What else can you look forward to? In the very near future, I will be co-hosting a four-day virtual progress, based on the 1535 progress undertaken by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. My co-author of In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and I will be filming four videos in which we explore six beautiful locations visited during the progress: Sudeley Castle, Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucester Abbey, Leonard Stanley Berkeley Castle and Thornbury Castle. Enrollment to join the progress is free, and you can sign up here. At the end of the progress, we hope to hold a live chat. It should be a great adventure. Learn all about these places as visited by Henry and Anne, and hear why this period was so historic. I hope you will join us!

Finally, I can exclusively announce that next year I will be holding another virtual gathering. This time it will be a virtual summit to celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Field of Cloth of Gold.

There are some fabulous speakers lined up, including several leading experts in their field. I can’t say too much more for now, but it will be held next May and again, sign up will be entirely free. Here’s the important bit: if you sign up to my mailing list, you will be sure to be among the first to hear confirmation of dates and how to register.

It might also be worth saying that for those of you planning a real Tudor-themed vacation, and want to visit places steeped in Tudor history, alongside the In the Footsteps books, I have written a series of digital, full-colour mini-guides. I started writing these last year and will continue adding to the series over time. At the moment, you can pick up guides for Hampton Court Palace, Sudeley Castle, Kenilworth Castle and Dover Castle. There are also weekend away guides for Kent and Suffolk that include three locations and a couple of accommodation recommendations, perfect if you are planning to visit either county. In fact, if you subscribe to the blog, you will receive the Kent mini-guide, featuring Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and Pashley Manor Garden as you free gift – a ‘thank-you’ for becoming part of the community. Any of the other guides can be purchased from The Tudor Travel Guide shop.

Finally, I recently started taking private bookings for tailored tours. So, if you want an extra-special experience and your personal guide while on your Tudor vacation, I am now able to accompany you to most places. Tours can be for single locations, or in conjunction with British History Tours, I can arrange longer tours, where your transport and accommodation are also arranged for you. All you need to do is turn up and enjoy, while I help you recreate these fabulous places and the events that took place there. If you are interested, you can contact me via to discuss your specific requirements. All tours are tailor-made and developed according to your specific interests.

How do I get connected? There are many ways in which to join The Tudor Travel Guide community…The most important thing is to subscribe to the blog here. I have created three fab freebies that will be delivered to your inbox by way of welcome. I hope you love them! Being part of the community also gives you unrestricted access to my password protected resource library, reserved just for members. 

If you are interested in my podcasts, you can catch up with all the episodes here, or via iTunes, Spotify or YouTube (just search for The Tudor Travel Show).

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Thanks so  much for taking the time to find out more about The Tudor Travel Guide. There are always new adventures to be had, and I’d love to virtually take you on the road with me as we learn about enchanting Tudor locations – and I very much hope that you will be inspired to plan your own Tudor adventure.

Happy Time Travelling!


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Tudor Jewelry

Danegeld Historic Jewellery

Please welcome Danegeld Historic Jewllery and the owner, George Easton to All Things Tudor. If this jewelry doesn’t tempt you, I don’t know…

The mission of Danegold is to accurately research and reproduce period metalwork. According to the owner, “I always try to make my pieces as close to the originals as possible using the techniques and materials of the time in question.”

Founded in 1997, Danegeld’s produce copies of historic metalwork focusing mainly on the dark age and medieval period. The products-jewelry and metalwork is available in all metals-from gold to pewter

They make replica jeweler from all periods of history but mainly the dark ages and medieval periods. “I am equally happy casting a bronze age axe in an open forge as i would be traditionally setting diamonds in a victorian necklace. I am a trained jeweller and have been working commercially in the trade for the last 16 years, producing jewellery and metalwork for collectors, film and TV production companies, museums and shops.
I have a strong interest in history and a keen eye for detail, having trained in graphic design and illustration prior to my jewellery career i am happy to be able to combine them all together to produce fine pieces of jewellery.”

Visit the website here:

Holbein Pendant

George’s resume is impressive. Twenty one years working with precious metals, fourteen of which have been spent running Danegeld

In his own words, “I originally trained in illustration and design before specialising in jewellery. Combine this with my interest in history and you have a full research, design and production service. i have an extensive historical library and a passion for my subject.
Since finishing my studies i have worked with several companies and  most recently  producing costume jewellery for designers and high street stores; Vivienne Westwood, Agent Provocateur, Paul Smith, Ted Baker, British Museum and others. I have also worked on pieces for the Harry Potter films, several of my own pieces have also featured on TV and Film. Most recently I have supplied pieces for Killing EveVictoria and Abdul and Good Omens. The designs on the website cover the 1st century to the 20th century. Almost all the pieces are copies of actual jewellery finds from museums and the remainder are designs of the time from wood or stone placed  in a jewellery context.
All of my pieces are hand made in my workshop in Sussex, they are either hand forged or cast. Cast pieces are mostly moulded from metal master models, however sometimes it’s more practical to carve the masters from wax.
Commissions are always welcome, my interests and abilities cover every time period , so please don’t hesitate to ask for a quote on anything you may require, however out of period it may seem. “

You may contact him with any questions.

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Magic & Mystery in Tudor England

The magic and superstition of Tudor England, with the biggest mystery of all – what happened to change the fate of Anne Boleyn? Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage. 

A young Anne Boleyn captures the heart of the king. What begins as his distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment… the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed forever.

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“I have known the author for many years and can attest to her diligence in researching a topic. This book is a fresh look at history.” Professor W.D. Pickett, Ph.D

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The magic and superstition of Tudor England, with the biggest mystery of all – what happened to change the fate of Anne Boleyn? Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage. 

A young Anne Boleyn captures the heart of the king. What begins as his distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction.

Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment… the execution of a queen. The history of England will be changed forever.

The best-selling author of PHOENIX RISING presents a story based on historical fact mingled with fiction.

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