December 2, 2013

"In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn" Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway


I am thrilled to announce that the Tudor Book Blog is joining with several other Tudor blogs for the virtual book tour of In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Natalie Grueninger and Sarah Morris.

The tour runs from Dec. 2nd - Dec. 6th, Here's the Tour run down:
  • 1st December: The Creation of Anne Boleyn - How ITFoAB came about, what was the inspiration.
  • 2nd December: The Anne Boleyn Files - The Process of Researching ITFoAB
  • 3rd December: QueenAnneBoleyn.com - A day on progress with Anne Boleyn (An ordinary day in the life of the queen)
  • 4th December: From Queen to History - Author's favourites
  • 5th December: Tudor History.com - The Tudor Progress.
  • 6th December: The Tudor Book Blog - Boleyn Treasures.
The authors have also offered us TWO copies of this fabulous book. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post with your name (you can use your first name and last initial) and a sentence or two about your favorite Anne Boleyn location (for example, where it is and why it's your favorite). You may use any Anne Boleyn-related location, whether it is still in existence or not! Be sure to enter by midnight on Thursday, Dec. 5th. TWO winners will be drawn randomly and announced on Dec. 6th. This giveaway is open worldwide! :)


I am so thrilled to be hosting part of this tour! Be sure to check back on Friday for our guest post, my review of In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn, and the announcement of the two winners of our giveaway!


89 comments:

  1. I would love to see Hever Castle -- It is not only where Anne was a child it contains two magnificent Books of Hours (prayer books), both signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn and more! Ginney Bilbray

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  2. I would have to say Hampton Court Palace because I think it is just beautiful!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  3. Shannon Leigh...

    I love Hever Castle and think it is fitting that Henry, at least, fell in love with Anne there. It is a magical place. I also love Hampton Court, but the kitchens are my favorite so I think I will stick with Hever.
    mosthappyreader (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. Hard to say what's my favorite without having actually seen/been -- but I'd say the Tower of London holds the most fascination for me when thinking specifically of Anne Boleyn.

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  5. I would love to visit Hever Castle and Hampton Court, but I've always said the first place I would go upon a visit to London would be the Tower of London. I would go pay my respects at the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula where Anne is buried.

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  6. The Tower of London -- specifically the lodgings where Anne "lay at her coronation" and in which she was imprisoned three years later. I would love to see how that place looked; it must have been splendid. And of course, the contrast between the two times she spent there takes the imagination. I'll never see it, since the building was apparently torn down about 200 years ago, but I wish I could.

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  7. Hever Castle! I have always thought it looked so lovely.

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  8. The Tower of London... It is a great place to visit and although Anne's life ended there, she lived some happy times there, too, when she stayed in the Tower before her coronation.

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  9. I have been to the tower of London but I would love to go again...my family tree goes back to Henry VIII's third wife...Jane Seymour so the Tudor dynasty is very interesting to me. I have never been to Hever castle though.

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  10. Rebecca Dudley

    I would have to say either Hampton court or The Tower of London. I have been to both and they would have to be two of ny favourite places ever. So full of history and so fascinating. I am a huge history buff and love going to places like this. One day I hope to see Hever Castle as well.

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  11. Hever Castle is the first place I would like to go.... seen pictures, looks beautiful! Would also like to go to her burial site! Tammy L.

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  12. Janine Bignell- I have never been to Hever Castle and would love to go to see the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. To see her home and take in the history and place myself mentally into her shoes as well as I could would be a lifetime experience i'd never forget.

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  13. Thank you, until yesterday I didn't know about this site. I will be checking here every day.
    Barry Hill

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  14. Anne's childhood home when she was young carefree not a woman despised by so many.

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  15. The Tower of London would be my first choice, because this is where her time as Queen began and ended. Such a sad story. Thank goodness her legacy lived on through her daughter. She really did have the last laugh.

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  16. I recently visited Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London, including the chapel of Dt. Peter ad Vincula where Anne Boleyn is buried. Both places are so beautiful and to be in the place where she is buried was truly moving. I would have loved to see Whitehall Palace as well, what a sacrifice that must have been for Wolsey to give up in the hopes of winning her favor. I would have to say that the chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula would be my favorite Anne Boleyn location. My email address is csharkey624@gmail.com.

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  17. Oh, oh! Pick me! Love you FB posts, particularly from your trip. I have been to Hever Castle, Hampton Court and the Tower . I think my Favorite is Hever. The tower is so busy, it's difficult to get the feel of the place and Hampton Court is too. Hever (when I was there, probably 20 years ago) wasn't as touristy. I got to linger and actually be alone in some of the room. The grounds are very nice, thought mostly the work of the Astors.

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  18. I would love to visit Hatfield House where Anne spent happy times with Elizabeth.

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  19. Would love to own a copy of the book!

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  20. Natasha M - i think the Tower of london...it has such a colourful history that spans over a long period of time...i find it fascinating how one specific place can tie together so many different lives and time periods...

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  21. As an American, I was enchanted by my experience of observing the age and history of England. Specifically, I recall the grandeur of the Tower of London, as well as the myriad of other historical sites in England. I feel fortunate and honored to have had this experience!
    Trish G. (SquishRN@comcast.net)

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  22. I love The Tudor and Renaissance Era. The romance, the heartache and the history. I love that Anne was a true Renaissance woman and the changes she effected. It broke my heart the scheming that led to her demise BUT it lifted my heart that Elizabeth I did what no other could do.

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  23. I have recently spent time in England with my husband and 14 year old daughter. My trip was made very special by standing on various spots where Anne would have tread. It was the most amazing feeling and at one stage, in the gardens of Hampton Court I swear I felt her with me. I have come back to Australia with a fresh sense of who she was and just want to read more and more of her. She is an amazing and tantalizing woman !! Chris J x

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  24. As much as I want to see Hampton Court, I'd have to honestly go with Hever Castle since it was her childhood home!
    Rebecca Y
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  25. Jennifer HuelsebuschDecember 5, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Just visited London for the first time in May and spent the day at Hampton Court Palace. It is just amazing! I have added many more to my list for my next trip!

    Jhuelsebusch@sbcglobal.net

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  26. I would love to see St. Peters ad vincula chappel. I really want offering my solemn respect to Anne. She deserves it and for me she would be always one of greatest woman in history.

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  27. Definitely Hever Castle. I like to think of Anne being young there and happy. . .before Henry. And the gardens are wonderful from pictures I've seen.

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  28. I live in the United States and have never been so fortunate as to see where Anne Boleyn is from. If I would ever have the opportunity to travel, I would love to see Hever Castle. What a lovely area to be associated with the intelligent, spirited, and passionate Anne Boleyn! I would also love to see the Tower of London. I can only imagine the mental turmoil she must have gone through as she awaited her brutal execution, and yet she handled herself with such grace and dignity.
    ~Carolyn I.

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  29. Strangely (or maybe not) I would say the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, knowing Anne is there is very powerful. I receny took my 7 year old daughter who is slowly becoming as fascinated by her story as her mum!

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  30. My favorite location would have to be Hever because I think that's where her most happiest memories would be at her childhood home, and I would love to visit there someday and also win a book!

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  31. Kirstin Gaffney, Scotland
    its hard to choose a favourite, as I am fascinated by the whole Tudor/Boleyn era, but if I had to it would have to be her childhood home, Hever castle.

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    1. AND AFTERALL, SHE WAS THE MOTHER OF ONE OF THE GREASTEST QUEEN OF ENGLAND

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  32. I would think for me Hever Castle and The Chapel of St Peter where Anne is buried would be the ones at the top of my list, I like many others would love to pay my respects to a very great lady.

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  33. Tower of London because of the two very different meanings it had to Anne, first as her Coronation Chamber and second as the place she went before sje was put to her death. I would love to know her feelings about the place! Jess Booth

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  34. I still haven't been to Hever Castle. I went to Hampton court palace years ago and have been there 3 times now and I find something new to look at everytime. Love it, love it, love it

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  35. Hampton Court. My husband and I went to Hampton for the very first time earlier this year. We stayed in the Bed and breakfast hotel, which is on the edge of the grounds.We stayed in the Tutor Rose room . It had a picture of Sir Thomas Wyatt on the wall! One of Anne's earlier sweethearts. I couldn't remember anything about the history of the Tudors until I watched the series of The Tudors and I became besotted and have since done a lot of research and I'm loving it!

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  36. I would love to see the gardens at both Hever and Hampton Court. How sad an ending for an obviously very intelligent woman.

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  37. At St George's Chapel where I have been a volunteer for the last 28 years we have a window visible from the Dean's Cloister that is known as Anne Bolyn's window. It was a small room that she used as her closet when she attended services in St George's Chapel in the company of Henry VIII! Next time you visit Windsor Castle ask to see it.

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  38. Tower of London, in particular St Peter ad Vincula. It is obviously where Anne is buried and even though her death was vicious, the chapel is a place of peace. When you walk in there, you feel the souls of those who are buried there, but it is not in a creepy way. It really is a beautiful chapel and a fitting burial place for Anne and many historical figures where we can go and pay our respects and remember them in a way not associated with their violent deaths. I would also love to go to Hever Castle and see the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, especially in Spring because that is when I have heard it is at it's most beautiful!

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  39. I would love to see all of those places! Definitely on my bucket list. Hopefully I'll will get to go one day.

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  40. Tower of London. It's where her life as queen began and ended. Oh the history within those walls. I can also honestly say, I'm a new reader to this time period and find it very fascinating.
    Cindy S

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  41. I was very moved at the Tower of London, thinking about her short time as queen, first going their waiting to be queen with the hopes of a bright future, then later completely unsure of her future.

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  42. Hampton Court Palace again, and Haver Castle... I have to say Anne looks very glamorous with glasses....!!

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  43. Hever castle. Henry fell In love with her tthere.

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  44. I enjoy these books. It's as close to being able to "see" these places as I'm going to get.

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  45. I love The Vyne near Basingstoke, it may not be the most glamorous place Anne Boleyn visited but it is close to my heart. It is near to my home town and I have visited with my children. It is steeped in History and has many beautiful paintings. Not only does It have historical significance but it has personal history for my myself and my family which is why it is close to my heart. tracyjanen4@aol.com

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  46. Definitely Hever Castle. I have never been there, though I would love to go!

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  47. I would love to be able to visit all these places!

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  48. Kirstin, Scotland
    THE TOWER OF LONDON.....for to be in the tower awaiting to be crowned QUEEN OF ENGLAND , only to be in the same place a few years later awaiting execution, how must that have felt .

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  49. I've been to the Tower of London but never to Hever Castle (next time!). I can't wait to read the books!!

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  50. I've never been to England. But one day my girlfriend and I want to visit Hever castle. Dream come true.
    We love everything Tudor!!

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  51. As many of us here, I would love to read this book! I live in Argentina, and I didn´t have the chance to travel to Great Britain, so this book would be a great confort! ;)
    I really want to see Hever castle, It just looks so peacefull… It would be my dream come true!
    In the meantime… I cross my fingers for a copy of this excellent book!

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  52. I've never been to England but have learned so much by reading every book I could find. I mark the interesting passages and go back to them often. Anne has always held a special interest for me.

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  53. My daughter and I are both great fans of your page! Thanks for this chance!!!
    I think the Tudor place we would love to visit is any of them….From Hampton Court to Hever and the Tower of London!
    I´m a high school history teacher and this book would make an excellent Christmas gift for both of us!
    Thanks for this wonderfull chance!

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  54. Guillermo EspinolaDecember 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    My wife and I would love to read this book and I’m going to say my favorite Tudor place is Hampton Court Palace. I would be a dream come to to take my wife there! In the meanwhile the book will do it! ;)

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  55. I think Hampton Court Palace. I would love to go there one day. It’d be so much fun to imagine them walking around…

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  56. I think my favorite Tudor place would be Tyburn. I know it’s morbid! But it was a part of life then, and kind of helps to ground me in the times.

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  57. I´m really happy to have found this site.
    My favourite Tudor place is the property call Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, It´s just awesome, I don´t know if anyone had the chance to see it…

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  58. I would love to read this book!
    I would love to see Hampton Court the most I think. Although I did enjoy walking around the Tower of London. :)
    Thanks for this giveaway!!!!

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  59. I love all things Tudor and would love to read this book. My favourite tudor place is hard to choose. However I do like Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire

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  60. Thanks for all your work & research, I can’t imagine how much time and effort must have gone into this!….. Thank you Sarah and Natalie!
    The place I would love to visit is Hever!

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  61. What an amazing glimpse into what promises to be a fabulous read!
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    As many of others, I think Hever castle is a must see of Tudor places….

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  62. Picking a favorite is difficult: I love Hampton Court, but I also love Dover Castle, stark and cold now but once so alive and host to so many, including Henry and Anne.

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  63. Miguel Angel CruzadoDecember 5, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Hampton Court is my favorite, very beautiful and definitely a must when visiting London.

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  64. love the series and also all the thoughts that have gone into setting this up am an avid history reader among others and would love to have this for my collection

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  65. Really enjoyed seeing both the Tower and Hampton Court a few years ago. Would love to see Hever too.

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  66. Can't wait to read them all!

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  67. Hampton Court and the Tower of London. She started and ended her royal journey there. It would be magnificent to stand there and picture her standing there in her beautiful gowns and jewels enticing the court as she was known to do. Maybe one day <3

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  68. definately Hever Castle but if i had the means,i wish i could travel back in time and stop her from making the biggest mistake of her life.or at least dont become his queen just have his baby so Elizabeth could still be Queen.

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  69. I would love to visit Hampton Court and revisit the Tower of London

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  70. I would love to visit anywhere that anne had been, but Hampton court and the tower are my favourite closely folled by hever . I love tudor history and cant get enough x

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  71. I have to say the Tower of London, it still exists and I´ve actually visited it :) It has a strong meaning on the book too.
    Jenna O

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  72. Love all of this history, I hope I can visit in the near future. Can hardly wait to start getting books, jewelry and what ever else I can get my hands on!!! This will be a great hobby for me. Everything is so exciting I have watched the Tudors series 6 times and counting!!!

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  73. I would like to see the Tower of London and Hever Castle- I cannot possibly choose :)

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  74. Carew Manor in Surrey. It's not very famous but I work there and it's great to walk in the footsteps of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn every day.
    Kat S.

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  75. Tower of London, saturated in Henry VIII history and though not proven, holds the chopping block and axe that were the very last thing Anne Bolelyn saw. Eeeek!

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  76. Anne was framed!

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  77. I have three places I`d love to see The Tower, Hampton Court and Hever. Thank you for such a great Tour!!! Love all the posts.

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  78. I have every book that Anne is holding in her picture! I just need a copy of In The Footsteps now!

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  79. One day I hope to spend some time in England and visit all the places that was once part of Anne's life. She is a heroine to me.

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  81. Gail T - Hever Castle, because Anne grew up there. My favorite rooms are the Book of Hours room and the Long Gallery. If you go, get the Hever Castle app, you can roam around at your own pace. I also love the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, it felt like a privilege to be there, reading the names of the "traitors," thinking of all the Tudor history represented in that list.

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  82. I would like to see The Tower of London. To imagine what she must of gone through waiting her execution. The prayers she said, the thoughts she must of had of her daughter, possibly looking out the window and seeing what was. I know she was there waiting to be queen too however I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when she was taken there to wait her execution. The betrayal she must of felt.
    Cyndee@bubbleupbears.com

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  83. While Hever Castle is the more lovely choice, I am more fascinated by the time Anne spent in the Tower of London. I am fascinated by the Tudor era and love reading about the lives and experiences from that time.

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  84. Hever Castle, because that is where she was probably happiest!

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  85. Hever Castle!!! It was the very first place I visited on my trip to england in 1989. It is beautiful!!! I have been fascinated with Anne Boleyn since my teens!!

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  86. This is so weird. I wrote a travel article on following in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn a few years ago. http://wanderingcarol.com/travel-articles/anne-boleyn-trail/ Now I find this book and this blog. Can't wait to read it. Staying a night at Hever was an absolute highlight of my life.

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