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Sandra Vasoli

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Sandra Vasoli

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I am delighted to welcome you to my website!

Among many interests, I have a deep and abiding love for all things historical: events, fashion, mannerisms, houses – and also words and language. One of my favorite periods is the English Tudor dynasty. What could be more intricate and impassioned than the dynamics in the Court of Henry VIII?

With a keen fascination for the breathtaking life of Henry’s second queen, Anne Boleyn, I wrote Anne’s fictional memoir. The two volumes of the Je Anne Boleyn series, Struck With the Dart of Love and Truth Endures, tell the story of a love for the ages – that of Anne and Henry, a pair matched in brilliance but ultimately tortured by their liaison.

I adore doing research via original sources. I visit the sites frequented by my stories’ heroes; view letters and documents they wrote and read with their own eyes; and examine objects which belonged to them so many centuries ago. Among the fascinating experiences I have enjoyed while pursuing my study is the chance to see the beautiful Book of Hours in which Anne and Henry wrote messages of love to one another; visiting Thornbury Castle and sleeping (while having a ghostly encounter!) in the very room in which Henry stayed – where I am certain Anne stayed with him, perhaps conceiving a child; and paramount among these experiences was the privilege of visiting the Papal Archives in the Vatican Library to view the original love letters Henry penned to Anne over 480 years ago. For more information about my Vatican visit, go to my Articles and Interviews page.

Research in the British Library Archives led me to new information about a mysterious letter, which many believe was authored by Anne as she was imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting execution. I published my discoveries in the nonfiction Anne Boleyn’s Letter From the Tower: A New Assessment.

I grew up in an historic area just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US, and earned a degree from Villanova University majoring in both Biology and English. I did scientific research, followed by a long career in human resources for one of the world’s largest pharma companies. All my life I have written: essays, stories, and articles, but the Je Anne Boleyn series were my first works of published fiction.

I would love to hear from you; you can reach me via Twitter (@queenannefan), Facebook ( Je Anne Boleyn Community page) or email: sv@sandravasoli.com.