8th - 13th July 2019
Executed Queens follows in the footsteps of 4 Tudor Queens who met their end at the hands of the executioners. Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey and Mary, Queen of Scots have all left an indelible mark on our history and our imaginations! Learn about their lives and how they came to their tragic end by visiting places significant in their stories and through learning from expert speakers joining us throughout the tour.
Brockencote Hall, a peaceful country house hotel is our base for the first 3 nights before moving to the enchanting Hever Castle for our remaining 2 nights, where we have exclusive use of the Astor Wing. Our exclusive access also means you can explore the grounds when the public have gone home, use the tennis courts and private heated outdoor swimming pool or play a game of billiards.
The tour is led by Claire Ridgway of The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society and Philippa Lacey Brewell of British History Tours and British History with Philippa Lacey Brewell.
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Day 1 - Welcome
Day 2 - Sudeley Castle
Day 3 - Tutbury Castle
Day 4 - Hever Castle
Day 5 - Tower of London
Day 6 - Farewells
Gareth Russell is the author of the critically-acclaimed Young and Damned and Fair, a ground-breaking biography of Queen Catherine Howard, described as ‘a stunning achievement’ (The Sunday Times), ‘a lovely combination of archival industry, genealogical grip and human intrigue’ (The Daily Telegraph), ‘an unparalleled view into this tragic chapter of Tudor history ... an important and timely book’ (Amanda Foreman), 'authoritative Tudor history written with a novelist's lightness of touch. A terrific achievement' (Dan Jones).
He is also the author of two books on medieval monarchy and two on the Edwardian era plus two novels set in his native Belfast, which have been adapted for the stage .He studied history at the University of Oxford and gained his masters at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2011 with a dissertation on the Queen’s household in the 1540s.
Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Dipomat (co-written with Clare Cherry), On This Day in Tudor History, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, The Anne Boleyn Collection and The Anne Boleyn Collection II, Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell and Tudor Places of Great Britain. Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst's 19th century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, now available as Two Gentleman Poets at the Court of Henry VIII.
Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author. The Anne Boleyn Files is known for its historical accuracy and Claire's mission to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn's story.
Philippa grew up in the heart of England, affectionately referred to as the 'Black Country’. She set up British History Tours in 2012 and 'British History with Philippa Lacey Brewell' in 2017. She has written for various magazines including History Extra, Tudor Life and Flybe and is currently working on her first book, on Magna Carta.
Philippa can be seen every month in The Tudor Society as their 'Roving Reporter'. So far, giving virtual tours of The Mary Rose, Wenlock Priory and Harvington Hall.
Philippa will be talking on the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I.
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