It is just over a month to go until In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII is published. The reason for my silence is that Natalie and I have been deep in reading the proofs for the book with, as ever, a tight deadline for getting them returned to the publisher. It certainly is uplifting to see all the elements of the book in one place for the first time. Things start to become very real after so many months of being cosseted away…and a little bit of nervous excitement creeps in as you realise people will soon be reading it – and having an opinion!
Buckden Towers, Cambridgeshire. Site of exile for Katherine of Aragon, and one of the locations covered in the new book.
Anyway, it’s all part of the fun of creation. As before, we have had maps commissioned to show the geography of the locations. This time round though, we have also included illustrative timelines recording the key events related to Henry’s Principal Royal Residences and his respective wives.
We are certainly excited to share with you many more, new locations this time around, with a veritable cornucopia of images, floor plans and maps of the different properties; a seventeenth century plan and elevation of Rye House, where Katherine Parr lived as a child; a detailed street plan of Tudor Calais and The Exchequer, where both Anne Boleyn and Anne of Cleves lodged during their visits to the town; and a reconstruction of the Archbishop’s Palace at Alcala de Henares, where Katherine of Aragon was born, are among the many treasures waiting to be enjoyed.
The Chertsey Cartulary: This shows Chertsey Abbey and its environs during the Middle Ages. It is one of four newly researched locations related to Anne Boleyn that we are including in the forthcoming book.
Furthermore, we have a very special story to share with you. We will be revealing a new artefact associated with one of Henry’s wives. As a result of the research undertaken for this book, for the first time we can definitively place the artefact as being contemporary to the sixteenth century and the lady in question. Exciting times, don’t you think? A virtual blog tour is currently in the making, timed to coincide with the book’s UK release on 15th March (USA release date. 19th May). More details on this will follow shortly.
NB: This book is now released and can be ordered here.