Welcome to This Sceptred Isle: Travels Through Historic England! If you love medieval and Tudor history, and are either intrigued by historic sites associated with the era, or love to travel and want all the top tips on where to go and what to see to bring these places to life, then you have come to the right place. This blog is your personal and intimate guide to medieval and Tudor travel in England.
Dr Sarah A. Morris, Author, Blogger and all round lover of historic England.
Many of you will already know me as the author of four Tudor related books; the first being a novel, in two volumes, called Le Temps Viendra:a novel of Anne Boleyn, and the second and third, both non-fiction guide books, published by Amberley Publishing, and which I co-authored with Australian born Natalie Grueninger, called In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn and In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII.
In so many ways, the enthusiasm for writing both these books stemmed from my almost life-long love affair with England and its history – and with Tudor history, and Anne Boleyn, in particular. My aim as a writer has been to Make.History.Real and so the research process for all these books has been thorough and meticulous, taking me in search of all Henry VIII’s queens and the glittering Tudor court that they came to call home. It was an exhilarating adventure, and I have travelled across great swathes of England France, and Germany in search of these fascinating women.
My love affair (and some would call it ‘obsession’!) began early, During the summer months of my childhood, I spent almost every weekend with my parents visiting historic houses and castles in my native North Yorkshire. I never tired of their splendour and the ghostly voices that whispered to me of lost lives and endless intrigue. Latterly, writing has allowed me to keep this passion alive.
Me and my sixteenth century alter-ego!
I have travelled over many hundreds of miles, to ruined castles, majestic houses, lost towns and regal palaces. Since 2011, I have been sharing my journey with an equally passionate community, enjoying this process almost as much as the delicious pleasure that new discoveries bring. And so, as my love affair with ‘This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle…This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England‘ continues.
In this blog, I will share my journeys through the historic landscape of England (and very occasionally beyond), in the hope that I can inspire others to keep our unique, and oh so precious, cultural heritage alive.
I’d love to share whatever treasures await us, hidden in amongst our green rolling pastures and bustling towns. Do make sure you subscribe (by clicking on the blue button to the left of this article) to keep abreast of every new journey. All that remains is for me to wish you, bon voyage. Let our adventures begin!