Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Sarah, I am from Australia and I am a wife to an amazing husband and mother to a beautiful (yet cheeky) 4 year old daughter. I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Honours and have recently left work so that I can be a full time mum. Although passion is working with children I also have a deep love for Tudor history.
I remember many years ago hearing a story about a Queen of England. A woman who history could never forget, a woman who was strong and determined, who set England in an uproar and fought for what she believed in. I was told this woman rose to become Queen of England but fell tragically only to lose her life and her head. Instantly I was fascinated, who was this woman? Why did she set England in an uproar? Why did she loose her life so dramatically? This woman was Anne Boleyn and in that moment I knew I had to learn more.
On that day I took my first step on a journey to learn more about Anne Boleyn and her life and ever since then I have walked a long and captivating path. I love to read and write and from the first moment I picked up a book about Anne Boleyn I was hooked. One of the first ever books I read about Anne Boleyn was the amazing book by Eric Ives entitled “The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn”. For me this is the definitive book about Anne and her life and it was an excellent book to start my journey. Since then I have been an avid reader of Anne Boleyn's life and I have had the pleasure and opportunity to broaden my interests and learn and discover more about Henry VIII, his court, England during the sixteenth century and the wider world at this time.
Through learning about Anne Boleyn I discovered a woman whom I think is one of the greatest sources of inspiration in my life – Mary Boleyn. Mary was the older sister of Anne and mistress of Henry VII, yet she is a relatively unknown player in history. Much of her life is shrouded in mystery and that is one of the elements I find so fascinating about her. I have read and written quite fanatically about Mary Boleyn and am absolutely enthralled with her life. What I greatly adore and admire about Mary Boleyn is that although she is relatively unknown we do know that she was a woman who followed her heart. When she married her second husband William Stafford she did so in a manner which defied all those around her. She did not seek permission to marry from her sister, then Queen of England, nor her father, nor any other family member. Instead Mary Boleyn defied the social norms at the time, defied what was expected of her as a woman and married for love. She followed her heart and her passions and found happiness with a humble and honest man. For me I find the ability to follow ones heart powerfully inspiring.
I feel as though every day I have the opportunity to learn more about Anne and Mary Boleyn, about Henry VIII and Tudor history. My bookshelves are filled with Tudor related books, my home covered with Tudor knick knacks and my computer plastered with images, articles and notes about anything and everything to do with Tudor history. I think for me Anne and Mary Boleyn are as much a part of my life as the need to draw breath and what makes it so wonderful is that I would not have it any other way!
In this journal I will be posting my writings, my book reviews, my thoughts and ramblings about Anne and Mary Boleyn and all things related to the reign of Henry VIII.
I also run a facebook page which I update regularly with lots of interesting bits and pieces about Tudor history…Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History