Anne Boleyn & the break with Rome
The second marriage of King Henry VIII would change the course of British history, and this delightful short break in Kent draws on the insight and expertise of your Guide Lecturer to tell the turbulent and tragic story of the early 1530s in the most fascinating way, with a particular focus on the life of Anne Boleyn.
- View personal belongings and the bed chamber of Anne Boleyn at her childhood home, Hever Castle
- Visit Leeds Castle, ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, where Anne took her place in the court of Henry’s first queen, Catherine of Aragon
- Learn more about the split with Rome at Canterbury’s iconic cathedral
Day 1 - Canterbury
Make your way to our comfortable Canterbury hotel by mid-afternoon, in time for an introductory talk on Tudor England, the Boleyn family and the tumultuous events of the early 1530s. Dinner is provided at the hotel.
Day 2 - Edenbridge & Maidstone
Hever Castle has a distinct fairy-tale quality, with its double moat, crenellated towers and extensive, elegant gardens. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Hever was owned by the powerful and influential Boleyn family, and as such was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, that most intriguing of Tudor personalities. At the conclusion of Anne’s tragic story, ownership of Hever passed to Anne of Cleves, then a series of wealthy families including, more recently, the Astors. But it is the association with Anne that the castle wears with pride and, along with an exploration of its breath-taking rooms, portrait gallery and grounds, our visit will also include views of Anne’s bed chamber and two illuminated prayer books which bear her signature. In the afternoon, we continue to Leeds Castle, another postcard-perfect fortress, known as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’. There is 900 years of enthralling history to appreciate here, including its 16th century transformation by Henry VIII for his first queen, Catherine of Aragon. The Maidens’ Tower was constructed for the queen’s maids of honour, including Anne Boleyn, and a jewelled casket belonging to Anne is one of myriad engaging artefacts on display.
Day 3 - Canterbury
A visit to Canterbury Cathedral not only invites appreciation of its extraordinary history as the site of Thomas Beckett’s infamous murder, its subsequent elevation to one of Europe’s foremost pilgrimage sites and Chaucerian literary associations, but also the chance to reflect on Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, the excommunication from Rome, the establishment of the Church of England and the dissolution of the monasteries, including the one that occupied this cathedral site.
TOUR DATES & PRICES
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- Field notes
- All taxes & gratuities
Event organiser is Andante Travels.
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