Title: The Anne Boleyn Collection
Author: Claire Ridgway
The Anne Boleyn Files: http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/
Like Anne Boleyn? Curious about the real Tudor history? If so, then Claire Ridgway’s book, The Anne Boleyn Collection, and her site (The Anne Boleyn Files) should both be high on your list to check out. As I’ve divulged in this blog, quite recently I became smitten with the tale of Anne Boleyn. I will admit that my first draw was based on the fiction surrounding her life, but it really pushed me to seek out some sources for getting to the bottom of the reality — well, as much as we CAN get to the bottom of it.
One of the first websites that pulled up in my search was The Anne Boleyn Files – a collection of thought-provoking and intriguing articles about various topics relevant to Anne Boleyn. SO, when I discovered that the site’s maintainer, Claire Ridgway, came out with a book, I snapped it up immediately.
This first collection runs through Anne’s life from the beginning to the end. There are a few articles about the OTHER players of the time – the OTHER wives of Henry VIII and the ladies in waiting who tended to Anne during her years in the King’s favor. In addition to learning heaps about one of my favorite women from history, I thoroughly enjoyed reading something written by another woman who is equally as enthusiastic about her and her story. In fact, most of the book reads like a conversation, so at times you feel as though you’re sitting across from Ridgway and she’s sharing some of her vast breadth of knowledge, passion, and opinions with you.
In other words – I highly recommend this collection AND that you check out her site! Also – keep your eyes open for her upcoming release, The Fall of Anne Boleyn.