Hever Castle

King Henry VIII gave Hever Castle along with other castles to Anne of Cleves after their marriage annulment. Hever Castle was smaller and more manageable than Richmond castle and was a favorite home of Anne of Cleves, “beloved Sister of the King.” All these stories are included in my upcoming novel, “The Personal Diary of Anne of Cleves, 4th wife of King Henry VIII of England Continue reading Hever Castle

From the Personal Diary of Anne of CLeves, 4th wife of King Henry VIII, July 1540

Letters of Anne of Cleves   Letter of Anne of Cleves to her husband, King Henry VIII
11 July 1540 Background
The following letter was Anne of Cleves’s very diplomatic response to Henry VIII’s request for an annulment of their brief marriage. Though her brother pressed her to return home to the duchy of Cleves, Anne was content to remain in England. There were two reasons for this – first, Henry was so grateful for her easy submission and gracious manners, he rewarded her with a very comfortable lifestyle. She was able to live as a wealthy dowager and enjoyed a close … Continue reading From the Personal Diary of Anne of CLeves, 4th wife of King Henry VIII, July 1540

Jesus and John stain glass

The New Testament in the Bible tells some wonderful stories about the miracles of Jesus and John. What if Jesus spent almost 15 years training as a healer and user of medicines by the Essenes? What is what Jesus said on the Mount was a compilation of Essene prayers and theology. Was Jesus Christ, “The Righteous Leader,” that all the Essenes prayed for? Where did John the Baptist get his training using Baptism as the core of his ministry? Was it from the Essenes in Qumran near the Dead Sea? I try to answer these questions and more in a … Continue reading Jesus and John stain glass