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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Royal View from Anne Boleyn's Bedroom and Giveaway!!!


a view from Anne Boleyn's bedroom in Hever Castle

I took this picture while we toured Hever Castle in Kent. Hever is the birthplace and childhood home of Anne Boleyn and her sibling's George and Mary. Touring this Castle was tops on my list of must sees on our trip.


What a place! It was very emotional for me, in fact even writing about it still is emotional. You can really feel her presence there. Hever is a small cozy Castle nestled in one of the most beautiful spots in Kent. Very out of the way. Phillipa Gregory refers in her book The Other Boleyn Girl how much Mary Boleyn dearly loved Hever and wanted to be there as much as possible. It's understandable, it's so peaceful and beautiful.


We were not allowed to take any pictures inside the Castle, but I couldn't help myself when I was in Anne's bedroom on the 2nd floor. When the guide wasn't looking I hurried and snapped a picture looking out of Anne's bedroom window. It was spine tingling to know that she had stood in the exact same spot as I was looking out of the her window.


I also was able to sneak a picture from the dining room window as well. My daughter got so nervous we would get thrown out she tried to confiscate my camera. I didn't care, this was once in a life time event.



Now for the giveaway. On the 2nd floor of the Castle right next to Anne's bedroom is a large drawing room where they have enclosed in glass her book of hours that was with her in the tower waiting her execution. Also they have two portraits featured, one of Henry, and one of Anne along with their original letters to each other. Seeing her book of hours and reading the letters was very emotional. I could not hold back my tears. Such a tragedy.


I bought a copy of a booklet containing copies of their letters and portrait postcards of the two of them. I am giving away the postcards and booklet together shown in pictures below.






This giveaway is open to everyone as long as you are 18 +.


  • 1 entry post a comment

  • 2 entries become a follower, if already are PLEASE INDICATE.

  • 3 entries if you post this giveaway on your blog. PLEASE LEAVE LINK.

  • Giveaway deadlink midnight August 28th

































93 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness I have the shivers! How extraordinary was that??!! You did right to take the chance for a photo! I can't imagine the feeling of standing there looking out the window the way she probably did...What a fantastic post.

    PLEASE enter me in this giveaway!! You know I'm already a follower:) And I'm going to post about this right away..and will be back with my link:)

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  2. Oh my goodness! How wonderful to be able to be at Hever! I would love to go...I'd probably risk snapping a picture or two myself as well!!

    Please enter me in the giveaway! I am already a follower and I'll get a post up on my blog with it as soon as I figure out how! Lol!

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  3. Here is the link to my blog with the link to your giveaway! Thanks so much for offering this!

    http://almostcrazymommy.blogspot.com/2009/08/wonderful-giveaway.html

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  4. I'm back! I posted the giveaway on my blog: http://enchantedbyjosephine.blogspot.com/2009/08/incredible-giveaway.html

    And...you didn't ask for this, but thought I'd post it on my Twitter as well:) Thanks:)

    My fingers are crossed into a knot.

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  5. Wow! What an incredible giveaway! I will be blogging about this shortly...just too good to pass up! I recently joined your site as a follower; I see we share a love for the Tudors, and Anne Boleyn in particular so I will definitely be back. I'll post my link just as soon as I can post about this great giveaway!

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  6. This is a giveaway I can not pass by! How exciting!! I am fascinated with Anne, and have yet to visit Hever Castle myself. I was crushed when I found the Anne Boleyn Experience tour was being offered
    (I just cant make it at that time!)

    I am a follower and I will have your link posted on Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide until August 28th. Thanks for all these chances! I am so excited! :o)

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  7. Okay, here we go! :)

    Here is my link announcing you on my site, Hist-Fic Chick. I mentioned above that I am already a follower. I am so excited about this giveaway, you have no idea how happy you have made me today!

    Anne Boleyn is my favorite Tudor character, and I think it is so great that you took photos...I would have done the exact same thing! Unfortunately for me, I won't be able to make it across the pond to see this tour for myself. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us!

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  8. What a wonderful give away! I am a follower and would love to enter the comp. Thank you so much!

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  9. What an amazing experience! I can only imagine what it must have felt like to walk in her steps...if only for a moment!

    Please include me in this giveaway. I am a follower already :)

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!!
    ♥Isalys

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  10. Oops, forgot to give you my email address.

    It's booksoulmates[at]gmail[dot]com

    ♥Isalys

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  11. Okay so I have to say I'm jealous.......I so wish and hope that some day I can have the same opportunity, I can understand how you can feel emotional in a place like that.... I think I would do the same thing..... This looks like the best giveway yet.

    Im already a follower of your blog.... prettygrl1083

    I post about it on my blog
    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&bID=504074388

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  12. So excited! I am a follower, and I did a post here is the link:
    http://historicallyobsessed.blogspot.com/2009/08/best-give-away-ever-hurry.html
    my email is elizabethjohnsonart@yahoo.com

    Thank you for doing this I love it!

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  13. This must have been so exciting for you...and the photo is breathtaking. You could probably sell copies of it OR give a copy of the photo in a giveaway!!!

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  14. I'm a follower - thank you.

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  15. I blogged it here:

    http://libslibrary.blogspot.com/2009/08/anne-boleyn-giveaway-link.html

    libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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  16. What an incredible opportunity - I'm not sure I'd have the nerve! Looks absolutely beautiful there. I'm so glad I found your blog - I'm now following you.

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  17. Wow, awesome is all I can say. It would be wonderful to win this. I'm a follower.
    Thanks

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  18. ooooh, please enter me (and I'm a follower!)

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  19. I, like so many others, am fascinated with Henry VIII and his wives. Please count me in. Thank you!

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  20. I follow

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  21. Oh wow this sounds amazing. I know my sister would love it

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  22. i follow the blog

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  23. Wow, love your blog! I've been obsessed with tudor history (especially Anne Boleyn) for the past couple of years & I'm dying to make a trip to Hever Castle & your blog has just made me want to go even more now!!

    Oonagh O'Reilly
    Dublin
    Ireland

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  24. I'd love a shot to win. misfitandmom at earthlink dot net

    http://misfitandmom.livejournal.com/26537.html

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  25. Wow, what a lovely blog, and what a great giveaway. I was directed to your blog by Misfit (at home with a book and the cat). I've become a follower, and I'd love to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you.
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  26. I would love to win this. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
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  27. I just became a follower of your blog.
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  28. Wow, what an amazing thing to see. I would LOVE to have this booklet. Please enter me.

    -became a follower

    -posted about contest
    http://neverendingshelf.blogspot.com/2009/08/anne-boleyn-contest.html

    Kate
    neverendingshelf@gmail.com

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  29. I recently visited Hever myself, and I also felt Anne's presence there. It was a very moving experience for me! I am "becoming a follower" as I have looked at this blog several times and really enjoyed it as well as posting this give-away on my blog at everythingtudor.com/newforum. I would love to be considered in the give away! thanks! Elizabeth

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  30. Here is the link to my Tudor Book Blog where I posted aboutt his give away! (http://everythingtudor.com/bookblog/)

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  31. What a great time you must have had and what a great giveaway. Please count me in. Thanks.
    jessica(at)fan(dot)com

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  32. I love the Tudor era and would love to have my name in this giveaway. Awesome blog!! Thank you!

    Sandy

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  33. +3 blogged-

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  34. This would be wonderful! I am already a follower.

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  35. How incredible! Love the photos and your story! What a remarkable memory! I am really interested in being a part of your giveaway. I follow your blog... I am a huge Anne Boleyn fan and I will make you a cake of your choice.... oh? Too much? LOL

    Please count me - I am going to go post your giveaway now and I will return with links (and cake...)

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  36. I am back with the giveaway link:

    http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/current-contests/book-blogger-friends-contests/

    Thanks again!

    journey throughbooks @ gmail dot com

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  37. What a unique, wonderful giveaway!

    The whole story of Anne is quite an emotional one, and I have been known to get choked up about it, too, so I completely understand how you felt!

    I'm posting a link on my blog, The Courtier's Book, here:

    http://thecourtiersbook.blogspot.com/2009/08/thrifty-thursday-i-am-out-of.html

    and of course I will continue to follow your blog and read your posts. Thanks!

    Erin

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  38. I would love to read this! :)

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  39. Oh m gee... this is the most exciting contest EVER! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

    +2 For becoming a follower
    +3 For posting this on my sidebar:
    http://bookslovejessicamarie.blogspot.com/

    lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

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  40. How cool, Hever Castle! Please enter me in the giveaway, I've just also joined as a follower. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  41. What a great trip.

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  42. Already a follower.
    Sidebarred: http://liveandbreathesmexily.blogspot.com/
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/dy0ulee/status/3194574235

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  43. What a lovely picture!

    This looks interesting! Please enter me!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

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  44. The picture you snuck is wonderful!

    Thanks for the chance at such interesting blog candy- especially for those of us "over the pond" who cannot get so easily to Hever (and all the other locations that fill books we love.)

    Here's my blog note link:

    http://ladydoc-tiltingatwindmills.blogspot.com/2009/08/for-historical-fictions-fans.html

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  45. I'm so glad I found your blog! I love historical fiction, and I'm fascinated by royalty. I am now a follower!

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  46. You don't have to enter me.
    just wanted to say I know how you feel when you stand in a place where history was made. It's very powerful and overwhelming to imagine that such and such was here, or this event took place, and the structure is still standing. To see something someone else experienced. Glad you had such a wonderful experience at Hever. and thanks for sharing.

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  47. That sounds awesome and I am officially jealous of you. :)

    I am a follower.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  48. Glad I came upon this site. Very interesting! Please enter me in the giveaway.

    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=33459857&blogId=505013309

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  49. Please enter me for this giveaway.

    I remember being in that very room on my last trip to England. It was sooo amazing to be in Anne's room. This Sept. I'm off to France, hoping to be in her footsteps once again, if I can figure out exactly where she was..!

    Great site!

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  50. Oh WOW! I am so glad you snuck that picture - SO COOL!!! Please enter me in this fabulous giveaway - I am a follower already!

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!

    Amy

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  51. What a fantastic site and a fantastic giveaway. Got my fingers crossed.

    Now a dedicated follower and the will be included in tonights blog at

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  52. How wonderful!! Thank you so much for the chance to win!!

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  53. I stumbled upon your blog from Shooting Stars Mag. Thanks, count me in!

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  54. I would have taken pictures too!!! It looks like a loveley place to live, so calm and away from al the noice of the city
    thanks for the oportunity!!!!

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  55. Beautiful pictures! I would love to be entered into the giveaway and am already a follower.

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  56. I have always been fascinated by Henry and the story of his wives! This is an awesome giveaway!

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  57. Oh good heavens. We share a similar passion although it's all rather new to me. The past year, I've gotten interested in the Tudor period and most specifically, Anne Boleyn.
    What a wonderful treasure you are offering; thanks so much for the chance.
    And just so you know...
    I'm holding my breath.

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  58. Indeed I am a Follower.
    If only I could have followed you there! :)

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  59. I am so unlike Anne. I've groveled and begged and whimpered and whined, and also posted your giveaway here:

    http://fracturedtoy.blogspot.com/2009/08/wild-world-wide-web-giveaways.html

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  61. I would love to win.

    I am also a follower.

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  62. This is pretty amazing! Thanks for the view from Anne Boleyn's room.

    I would love to enter the contest.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

    +2 a follower

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  63. Would love to enter! :)

    I'm a follower & posted the book giveaway up my blog:

    http://rubylovesadventure.blogspot.com/2009/08/harry-potter-book-giveaway.html

    rubs_babydoll@yahoo.com

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  64. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
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  65. I am already a follower of your blog.
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  66. Your photograph out of Anne's window is beautiful! This is just the reading genre I love and this giveaway is wonderful! Good Luck everyone... but not too much! ;)

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  67. I am a new follower!

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  68. Shawna Lewis
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    Oh thanks so much for this amazing giveaway!!!

    I am a follower of your blog & it is so so so so Beautiful!!!! I just love it!!!!
    Winks & Smiles ;o) Shawna

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  69. I'll sit here, waiting for the e-mail that says......."congratulations...you're the lucky gal".........ok........I'll just be hoping!

    Blessings,
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  70. Hi I have recently discovered your blog and i'm hooked! The giveaway looks amazing. After Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn is my favourite historical character. Looking forward to more from your blog, Eleesha.
    P.S your dogs are beautiful!!

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  71. What an amazing moment for you! I am not surprised at all by how you were moved! Your photos are wonderful.

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  72. +2 I am a new follower. Thank you again for the great giveaway.

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  77. Wow this is just awesome One day i would love to go to england and take this tour. your photos are Beautiful

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  78. I get teary, just looking at your photo. Have you considered selling copies of the photo? I would love to buy a copy from you. It's just beautiful, and to know that she stood just where you were - tingles on my arms.

    Please enter me in your drawing. I'm a follower - love your artwork and informative critiques. Thanks!

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  79. oh wow, I wish I could travel to England and have my own experiences just like what you just had! I would love to visit Anne Boleyn's house.

    Anyway, is this giveaway open to worldwide?
    If yes, then count me in please! ^^


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  80. Please enter me in the giveaway. What beautiful photos. I can imagine the wonderful feelings standing where Anne Boleyn stood. A fantastic opportunity. Thank you.
    +5 I am a new follower.
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  81. I love this photo you've taken. Just from the way the window breaks up the composition makes it feel as if we are looking through her eyes.

    +2 I am now a follower.

    +3 Linked contest on my sidebar.

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  84. Shawna Lewis
    weloveourdogs@juno.com

    Oh wow thanks for the pictures how wonderful to see what you saw!!! Thanks for this chance to win this amazing contest!!!

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    +2 I am already a Follower!!!

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    But I think I missed the deadline.
    I am following you now so I don't miss any future giveaways and reviews.

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