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Anne Boleyn Four-day festival dedicated opens at Blickling Hall

A four day literary festival in Norfolk is set to bring the history of Anne Boleyn to life.

The Blickling Hall event will feature activities, talks, performances and displays that will be dedicated to Henry VIII’s second wife. It is thought that her family had strong links with Norfolk and the north Norfolk mansion was the birthplace of the famous queen.

The speeches and talks will be given by many acclaimed historians and novelists who will be exploring and examining the Boleyns in Norfolk.

There will also be a spooky story-telling session on the anniversary of Anne’s execution. It will culminate in a midnight vigil when attendees will be encouraged to spot Anne’s headless ghost, which is said to haunt the mansion’s grounds.

Some of the speakers attending the festival include Eric Ives who wrote the definitive The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, best-selling novelist and historian Alison Weir and Exeter University’s Elizabeth Griffiths who will be talking about the Boleyn family’s links to Blickling Hall.

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