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.
Here is the link to my Hever Castle Photo Album http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg58/susiefio/Hever%20Castle/?albumview=slideshow
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.
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