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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.

  • Hever Castle  Drawbridge
  • Brockencote Hall
  • Hever Castle Private Area
  • Tower Of London With Wall

    Executed Queens 2019 - Itinerary

    Day One - 8th July
    Meet at our designated meeting point near London Victoria Station at 1pm, board our private air-conditioned coach and travel to our peaceful luxury country hotel, Brockencote Hall, tucked away amid some of Worcestershire's finest countryside. 

    Check into your room and enjoy an evening meal followed by introductory talk from Claire Ridgway about Anne Boleyn, the tragic second wife of Henry VIII.

    Day Two - 9th July
    We take our private air-conditioned coach to Tutbury Castle, one time prison to Mary Queen of Scots who was kept here on four occasions. We return to our hotel for a 3 course evening meal and talk from guest speaker Leanda de Lisle on Lady Jane Grey.

    Day Three - 10th July
    Visit to Shefflield Manor Lodge where Mary Queen of Scots was held for 10 years before returning to our hotel for a 3-course dinner and relaxed evening with time for informal discussion with Claire and Philippa and/or time to pack and wander the grounds before our departure the following day.

    Day Four - 11th July
    Check out and board our private coach to Hever Castle where we will have exclusive use of the Astor Wing for the next 2 nights. After check in you will be welcomed with a light lunch before having time to explore Hever Castle and Gardens.  We have something very special for you this evening, a private after hours Castle tour followed by a 3-course dinner in the Castle Dining room!

    Day Five - 12th July
    On our final full day we travel to the Tower of London where we will enjoy a morning guided tour before having free time to visit other parts of the Tower and take a walk up to the Tower Hill execution site with Claire and I (optional). We return to Hever for a 3-course meal in our private dining room of the Tudor Suite and expert talk from Gareth Russell on Katherine Howard.

    Day Six - 13th July
    After breakfast, check out of Hever Castle and travel back to London Victoria on our private coach.

    Speakers on Executed Queens

    Claire Ridgway

    Claire Ridgway

    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. Her writing is easy-to-read and conversational, and readers often comment on how reading Claire's books is like having a coffee with her and chatting about history.
    Gareth Russell

    Gareth Russell

    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), ‘a formidable new talent’ (BBC History Magazine), ‘everything a historical biography should be’ (Kathryn Warner) and ‘the best written biography of Catherine Howard we have’ (Julia Fox). He is also the author of two novels set in his native Belfast, Northern Ireland, both of which have been adapted for the stage; two non-fiction books on medieval monarchy, and two on the Edwardian era. 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. Gareth divides his time between Belfast and New York. Gareth will be speaking to us about Katherine Howard on the final night of the Executed Queens tour. Gareth joined us on The Anne Boleyn Experience 2018 and is a fantastically engaging speaker who had us all enthrawled!
    Leanda de Lisle

    Leanda de Lisle

    I was born in Westminster, London and read History at Somerville College, Oxford University, before taking up national newspaper and magazine columns, and later publishing best selling Tudor and Stuart history. After Elizabeth: The Death of Elizabeth & the Coming of King James, was runner up for the Saltire Society's First Book of the Year award. My next book, the New York Time best selling biography, The Sisters Who Would be Queen; The tragedy of Mary, Katherine & Lady Jane Grey, provided the non-fiction basis for Phillippa Gregory's 2017 novel The Last Tudor, and was described by Professor John Guy as 'gripping' and 'an unrivalled account'. Tudor; The Family Story (1437-1603), is a biography of the dynasty and a Sunday Times top ten best-seller. My latest book, White King, is a biography of Charles I and his loss of three kingdoms. I regularly write and speak on matters historical for TV, radio, and a number of publications including the Times, the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, the Daily Express, BBC History magazine, History Today, the Literary Review, the New Criterion and the Spectator. Leanda will be giving us a talk on Lady Jane Grey.

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