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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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