After participating in the August Blog Challenge, I have decided to blog more than my usual blog-once-every-two-years-whether-you-need-to-or-not routine. I’m going to being this new episode in my writing life with a book review of In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Sarah Morris & Natalie Grueninger. This seems fitting since Natalie is the one who issued the August Challenge and got me started blogging on a more regular basis.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANNE BOLEYN is a MUST read for all fans of the Tudors and, especially, for those of us who are fascinated by England’s most notorious queen. But this book is unique–for it is both a study of the life of Anne Boleyn and a study of her travels. The authors combine a love of history with a love of architecture as they trace Anne’s life through it’s stages and across countries. They also include information about how to get to these sometimes remote areas and who to contact for more information. Part guidebook, part biography, and part art and architectural study, this book is a fount of information, all 285 pages.
The book is divided into five parts: Early Life, The Courting Years, Anne the Queen, The 1535 Progress, and Boleyn Treasures. In each section, the authors have meticulously researched Anne’s life and, using various sources, have determined where Anne most likely travelled. The result is a tour of England, The Low Countries and France no Anne Boleyn fan would want to miss. I intend to use this book as my own guide for my trip to England next year.
Not only do the writers describe the places they visit with great detail and accuracy, they include wonderful photos to whet the appetite of the traveler, whether the traveler be an arm-chair tourist or whether she is planning a real trip. There are maps from the 16th century to help readers see how the places have changed over time. And in their journey to discover as much as possible about the mysterious queen, they have uncovered some new information about where Anne traveled and how she lived.
This is a MUST READ for history buffs and Tudor fans, for travelers and explorers, and for anyone who wants to learn more about Anne Boleyn.
Here’s a link to the book: