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The Tudor Roses ask the lovely Natalie Grueninger 10 questions about her, her Facebook page, her book, Tudor history and coffee!

Following on from her highly popular and successful Facebook page focusing on that marmite heroine of the Tudor Dynasty; Anne Boleyn, the lovely, talented and now author Natalie Grueninger is enjoying well deserved success with her book 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn' which she co-authored with Sarah Morris. So us Roses thought you'd like to know a little more about her and what better way to do that than by asking her 10 probing (well, maybe 9) questions around her page, book and love of Tudor history.

Natalie with her book 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn' and  with Lady Emma and Sir Darren of The Tudor Roses


Hope you all enjoy reading her responses below and if you haven't already done so go check out her'll find the links at the end of this post. Also, keep an eye out on The Tudor Roses Facebook page as we will be running a competition to give one of you the chance to win a copy of 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn'.

Right, on with the show...


  1. So straight to the point with our first question, what made you start On the Tudor Trail - Retracing the Steps of Anne Boleyn, as we are all thankful that you did?


Aw, thank you! Well, in early 2009 my sister and I decided that we wanted to travel to England to undertake a ‘Tudor pilgrimage’ of sorts. Our hope was to visit historic sites associated with the Tudors, in particular places that Anne Boleyn had once visited. We trawled the internet hoping to find an extensive list of such locations but only found a small handful mentioned over and over; Hever Castle, Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Sudeley Castle… while all these are ‘must-see’ locations for any Tudor enthusiast, we knew that there had to be more. That’s when I decided to start my own ‘list’ and so ‘On the Tudor Trail’ was born. Whereas the original focus was on exploring and documenting the many great houses, castles and palaces associated with the Tudors, the website quickly evolved into something more; it became a place for sharing my own research into the life and times of Anne Boleyn and for posting interviews with authors and experts in Tudor history. Book reviews and giveaways are also regular features of the site today.



  1. Knowing that you have just recently visited England and no doubt saw loads of Tudor places the question is, which one was your favourite and why?


I visited more than 50 historic sites on my last trip, including castles, elegant stately homes, awe-inspiring cathedrals, magnificent palaces, haunting ruins and battlefields – how do I select just one? There are many I’ve vowed to return to, such was the power with which they moved and captivated me, including Ludlow Castle in the glorious Shropshire countryside. This partly ruined medieval castle became Crown property during the reign of Edward IV and in 1473, became home to King Edward’s eldest son, Edward, Prince of Wales — known to history as one of the princes in the Tower— established there as nominal head of a newly created Council of nobles and gentlemen, ‘the Prince’s Council’, who gradually assumed responsibility for the government of Wales and the often troublesome border counties. It was at Ludlow that the young prince heard of his father’s sudden death in April 1483 and assumed the title of Edward V. Tragically, only a few weeks later, Edward and his younger brother Richard were imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually murdered.

Ludlow Castle Gatehouse


In early 1502, Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, and his young Spanish bride Katherine of Aragon, took up residence at Ludlow Castle to begin their married life and play their part in the governing of Wales, but on 2 April 1502, tragedy struck: Arthur, Prince of Wales, died, leaving his young wife a widow in a foreign country and paving his younger brother Henry’s path to the throne.

Ludlow Castle later played host to Princess Mary, the future Mary I.

A bedroom in the Castle Lodge at Ludlow


With these illustrious and tragic connections, it’s no wonder that within Ludlow’s ancient walls, the past feels almost tangible. If this wasn’t enough to entice you to visit, Arthur’s heart is buried in the nearby St Laurence’s church, just a short walk from the castle, and Castle Lodge, a medieval/early Tudor house, opposite the entry to the castle, is said to be haunted by a Tudor ghost, which some claim to be Katherine of Aragon!

Castle Lodge in Ludlow



  1. If you could find one thing that would settle a historical debate what would it be?


Ah, another tricky question, so many historical debates come to mind! I think it would have to be the discovery of an undisputed, full-length contemporary portrait of Anne Boleyn, inscribed with Anne’s age and the year in which it was painted.


  1. Who is the most interesting person that you have come across in your research of the Tudor era?


There are so many! Apart from Anne Boleyn, I would have to say it’s a tie between two Katherines – Katherine of Aragon and Katherine Parr – two fascinating women.


  1. Who is your least favourite person from the Tudor era and why?


Can I cheat a little here and rather than ‘least favourite’ answer who I feel less drawn to?  Edward VI would be one, not exactly sure why. Perhaps it’s just that I haven’t read much about him and so haven’t yet found that hook.


  1. What other period in history takes your fancy?


Over the last couple of years, I have become increasingly interested in 15th century England, in particular the period known as the ‘Wars of the Roses.’ I’m also interested in the Late Middle Ages – there’s just so much to learn!


  1. What is the funniest historical thing that you have read or heard?


One of the items devised by King Henry VIII’s Council concerning the use of the Garderobe made me giggle. If you needed to urinate in the company of others, then you were required to disguise the sound by coughing!


  1. A very important question; Costa Coffee or Starbucks?


Okay, I must confess, I am not a coffee drinker! You must think me very strange now…


  1. Who would you most like to meet from history and if you had just one question you could ask them, what would it be?


Forgive my predictability… Anne Boleyn of course! There are so many questions that I’d like to ask her, one being were you ever really in love with Henry?


  1.  How does it feel having your first book (co-authored with Sarah Morris) doing so well and what and when is the next one? Well done on the success by the way!


Thank you! It such a great feeling, makes all the hard work worth it. Anytime I read a positive review of our book or receive a message from a person that has read and loved In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn, I have a hard time wiping the smile from my face! The fact that our book has been so well received has inspired Sarah and I to collaborate once again, look out for In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII towards the end of 2015. We’ll be covering locations in Germany, Spain and England, and sharing our research and travel stories with our readers on Facebook along the way. Hope you can join us!

Book Cover of 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn'


To get in touch with Natalie Grueninger, visit:


Thank you Natalie for taking the time to answer our questions and we wish you all the success for the future and your next book!

The Tudor Roses





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