Claire Ridgway

Claire Ridgway is a well-known writer of history books about the Tudor dynasty, with a particular focus on the life of the Boleyn family. Since 2009 she has run the websites and Claire is also the founder of The Tudor Society.

The Tudor Society

With members from all around the globe, The Tudor Society was founded in 2014 and has quickly become the go-to place for Tudor enthusiasts because of the high quality of the unique articles, the Tudor focused magazines, and the experts it attracts.

The members have access to absolutely everything on the website, currently including lots of magazine back issueshundreds of hours of video and all of the monthly expert lectures and hundreds of weekly quizzes.

The Anne Boleyn Files

In 2009, Claire set up her Tudor history website,, and it rapidly grew into a major website for the study of the Tudor period.

Where she wanted to share her journey into the annals of history with other people who have an interest in Anne Boleyn and the Tudor period, and thought that a blog would be the perfect forum.

Also fully admitting to being addicted to Anne Boleyn and Tudor history, and she is on a crusade to debunk the myths surrounding Anne Boleyn and educate the world about the REAL Anne Boleyn.



Catherine Howard's execution - What happened?

A big thank you to Naomi for her question regarding the executions of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford.

In Showtime's "The Tudors" series, it
shows Jane Boleyn being executed first, but was that really the case?

Author and historian Claire Ridgway looks at what really happened on 13th February 1542 and also looks at whether Catherine really saw the heads of Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper on her way into the Tower, whether she practised with the block the night before her execution, and what the two women said as they addressed the crowd from the scaffold.

Book recommendation: Young and Damned and Fair by Gareth Russell, an excellent book on Catherine Howard.
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