I'm the best-selling author of 12 history books and the founder of the TheAnneBoleynFiles.com, Elizabethfiles.com and The Tudor Society.
I help Tudor history lovers worldwide to gain access to experts and resources to discover the real stories behind myths and fiction, so that they grow in knowledge while connecting with like-minded people and indulging their passion for history.
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I'm holding a virtual conference "Anne Boleyn, the Woman who changed England" from 28 February to 6 March 2022 and you can find out all about it here.
Find out why Anne Boleyn was far from the social climber fiction often makes her out to be by delving into her ancestry and family background.
Discover the true Anne Boleyn who arrived at the English court in 1522 and turned the heads of a courtier, poet and king.
Understand why this maid of honour was so very different to her contemporaries, what made her tick and how she was a true Renaissance woman.
By the end of the conference, which features daily talks and live Q&A sessions with prominent historians and authors, you will have met a very new Anne and understand just why King Henry VIII changed the course of English history to be with her, and why they were such a powerful union.
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I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. I was a contributor for the BBC docudrama The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family, and have been featured in BBC History Extra, USA Today, History of Royals Magazine, the Express, and Refinery 29, as well as on podcasts including Suzannah Lipscomb's Not Just the Tudors, Gareth Russell's Single Malt History, Natalie Grueninger's Talking Tudors, Hever Castle's Inside Hever, James Boulton's Queens of England, and many more.
Praise for Claire's work
"Claire's blog - recently made available in book form - is more rigorous than that of many professional historians." Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen
"A sumptuously illustrated and impeccably researched history about the domestic life of a family that shaped British history. This is a fascinating window into both the Boleyns' lives at Hever and upper-class life on the eve of the Reformation." - Gareth Russell, Author of Young and Damned and Fair, on The Boleyns of Hever Castle.
"I've been a history buff all my life, both as a reader and as a writer. I thought I knew about Anne and her Boleyn family, Henry VIII and his court, but this book [The Anne Boleyn Collection] fills in so many blanks for me that I will read it more than once...This is a book for the legion of Tudor fiction readers, who want to know the stories behind the myths, the truth behind the legend...Absolutely fascinating read. " - Jeane Westin, Author of His Last Letter
"Claire has produced another must read for Anne Bolyen fans." Leanda de Lisle, author of Tudor: The Family Story, writing about "The Anne Boleyn Collection II.
More about me
I founded the Anne Boleyn Files in 2009, the Tudor Society in 2014 and I have a popular YouTube channel.
I help Tudor history lovers all over the world learn more about history, connect with experts and like-minded people, and uncover the facts behind the fiction, all from the comfort of their own homes.
I'm a former teacher and a recognised expert in Tudor history, and, as the founder of The Tudor Society, I've built a community of history lovers and experts where members can share their passion for history and receive accurate resources and information.
"Anne Boleyn, the Woman who changed England" is a 7-day virtual conference. It's completely online and you'll be able to learn from 8 Anne Boleyn experts in talks and live Q&A sessions from the comfort of your own home.
I believe that it's only by looking at Anne Boleyn's background and her formative years, spent at two Renaissance courts, that we can truly understand her. By the end of the week (28 Feb to 6 March), you will have met a very new Anne and understand just why King Henry VIII changed the course of English history to be with her, and why they were such a powerful union.
It's a truly unique experience and I hope you can join me!
Anne Boleyn: Pawn or Predator - Day 2 of Anne Boleyn, the Woman who changed England
Some see Anne Boleyn, and her sister, Mary, as pawns pushed [...]
Some see Anne Boleyn, and her sister, Mary, as pawns pushed mercilessly into the king’s bed to advance their family at court. While others see Anne as playing a game ...and using her ‘feminine wiles’ (their words, not mine!), her magnetism, to charm the King of England, and hold out on him until he offered her the crown, just so she and her family could be the highest in the land.
But what’s the truth? They can’t both be right! And is either view correct?
What did Anne Boleyn look like? - Day 1 of Anne Boleyn, the Woman behind the Myths
Day 1 of Claire Ridgway's three-day event on Anne Boleyn, the Woman [...]
Day 1 of Claire Ridgway's three-day event on Anne Boleyn, the Woman behind the myths.
Claire looks at the surviving portraits we have of Anne, the remaining contemporary images and contemporary ...descriptions to reveal what Anne Boleyn looked like.[+] Show More
Lots of Tudor treats for you in December
In this video, historian and author Claire Ridgway shares some details [...]
In this video, historian and author Claire Ridgway shares some details on the calorie-free Tudor treats you can expect to enjoy from the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society Advent ...Calendars this year. She's got so many wonderful Tudor-themed goodies in store for you.
To hear about the Anne Boleyn-themed event that's taking place online in Spring 2022, sign up for Claire's mailing list at https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/free-report/ - you'll also get to enjoy some Anne Boleyn-themed gifts just for signing up.
In this latest video from best-selling author and historian Claire [...]
In this latest video from best-selling author and historian Claire Ridgway, Claire reveals her latest Anne Boleyn tattoo.
Claire also explains the origin of the cupboard cloth, from which the image ...comes, the meaning of Anne Boleyn's motto Ainsi sera, groigne qui groigne, and the accompanying badge, and just why this motto means so much to Claire.
A shout-out and thank you to Vicen Valls Tattoo, Albox[+] Show More
AMAZING TUDOR DISCOVERY - The discovery of Anne Boleyn's Falcon Badge
You may have seen the news about the discovery of a contemporary [...]
You may have seen the news about the discovery of a contemporary carving of Anne Boleyn's falcon badge and how Paul Fitzsimmons, an antiques dealer, bought it for £75 and ...how it's now worth £200,000. It's a wonderful find and the good news is that Paul isn't keeping it to himself, it's going on loan to Hampton Court Palace. Thank you, Paul, and thank you to Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces.
In this video, historian Claire Ridgway interviews Sandra Vasoli and James Peacock, who both played key roles in the story of this carving. It is a fascinating story.
Paul's website is https://www.marhamchurchantiques.com/ and a big thank you to him for allowing us to use his photos of Anne Boleyn's falcon badge before and after its restoration. Photo credit: Paul Fitzsimmons, Marhamchurch Antiques
Sandi is the author of two novels about Anne Boleyn - Struck with the Dart of Love and Truth Endures - and a non-fiction book Anne Boleyn's Letter from the Tower. Her website is https://sandravasoli.com/
Halloween Ghost Stories Part 10 - A video from Laura
In this video sent in by Laura, Laura tells us a ghost story related [...]
In this video sent in by Laura, Laura tells us a ghost story related to Salisbury Cathedral in the UK. Thank you Laura!
Halloween Ghost Stories Part 9 - Sabrina and Shawn
In this edition, we have spooky stories from Sabrina from Alberta, [...]
In this edition, we have spooky stories from Sabrina from Alberta, Canada, and Shawn in the UK, whose experience took place at Hampton Court Palace.
I've loved reading these stories from ...all over the world and from different time periods, and I do hope you've enjoyed them.[+] Show More
Halloween Ghost Stories Part 8 - Penny and Randy
In this edition of my Halloween ghost stories series, we have stories [...]
In this edition of my Halloween ghost stories series, we have stories from Penny, whose experience took place in Minster Lovell in the UK, and Randy from the US, whose ...story is very creepy![+] Show More