Queens of Infamy: Anne Boleyn
This probably wasn't the marriage Anne was hoping for; at the very least, she Like Anne, Mary Boleyn accompanied Henry VIII's sister Mary to France . Boleyn had secured for her was to serve the goal of her marrying well;. The longest game of courtly love, played out before all of Europe, was undoubtedly between Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. The relationship. of Henry VIII, the third member of this alleged lovers' triangle, who guarded relationship of Anne and Wyatt, see Patricia Thomson, Sir Thomas ff5?att and His Background Anne, for she played for higher stakes, with the crown as her goal.
Do either of the Annes do it for you? Or, god forbid, are you a fan of the insufferable Jane Fucking Seymour?
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My reasons for this are multifold. As an Anne, I am naturally sympathetic to others of my name. But who was Anne Boleyn, exactly?
The mythology surrounding her improbable rise and sensational fall is pretty well-known, yet most of the information we have access to was either written by haters or produced decades after her death or both. Historians have endlessly debated what age Anne was when she composed that neat, measured handwriting in her second language, no lessand while I am absolutely not an expert, I will say that as the mother of a 7-year-old, I feel Then again, maybe my low penmanship expectations are the product of my plebeian public-school education.
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn - The Anne Boleyn Files
Anne was writing to her father because her educational circumstances were about to change drastically. Initially, Thomas Boleyn had managed to secure a spot for his young daughter in the Burgundian court in the Netherlands. Henry sent Charles Brandon to France to collect his widowed sister, but with strict instructions: Still in France, she was now a maid of honor in the service of the new queen, Claude. At the French court, Anne learned all the skills necessary for being a good courtier — including allegedly the art of the blow job which was again, allegedly unknown in England at the time.
While this last part is entirely apocryphal, it is my favorite rumor about Anne Boleyn. I have so many questions! What did it feel like to introduce la beej to an entire nation?
Do you think she later demonstrated it to her own ladies-in-waiting so that they, too, could spread the gospel of buccal onanism? What were they even doing in England before Anne taught them the joys of fellatio?
It was one of those very boring succession situations that were always popping up among the gentry: Several of the parties invested in the outcome of this situation — including Henry VIII himself — thought that a union between Anne and James would settle the Ormond question.
Passionate love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn on public display
On the one hand, the fact that Thomas Boleyn chose Anne to be the daughter brought up in the Burgundian court indicates that she was older it would have been extremely strange to pass over an eldest daughter in favor of a younger one when offered such an opportunity. On the other hand, Mary was wed before Anne, and it would also have been uncommon for a younger sister to be married first.
As a side note: We know this because later, when he was trying to get with Anne, Henry requested a special dispensation that allowed him to marry the sister of his former mistress.
On the one hand: On the other hand: On the other hand, Mary was the only Boleyn sibling to come out of that whole situation with her head still attached to her body. She and Lord Henry Percy, who belonged to one of the richest and noblest families in England, fell in love and became secretly engaged.
This distinction is important, because the church considered these de futuro vows to be binding if they were followed by sexual consummation of the union. Percy and Anne brought shame on their families by violating one of the most deep-seated rules in their culture: They had to be punished. Percy was immediately and unhappily married off to Lady Mary Talbot, the woman to whom he had been betrothed when he was a teenager.
This time, she would aim high — real high. By the late s, the subject of succession caused Henry a great deal of anxiety. Was she a wily enchantress, luring the King away from his beloved Queen by casting dark spells on his dick?
Who even knows what goes on in France? Did she flirt with him? Did she tell him she wanted to marry him? Did she promise him a billion legitimate sons once he finally ditched his pious snooze of a wife?
The second thing to remember is that Anne literally had one job in life: This job was the only end-game of all her fancy education, all the years spent learning multiple languages, studying religious texts, and perfecting her dancing skills.
Some of you might be wondering: Why, out of all the women available to him, did Henry fixate on her? Was she incredibly beautiful? But she was charming, witty, and apparently a lot of fun to be around.
And she was patient. Boy, was she patient.
It was a fine line, but one she managed to walk for six years as Henry tried to negotiate his annulment with Pope Clement VII. I wrote that book? Yeah, because in Leviticus? Henry, never one to be deterred easily, followed up his request for an annulment with an inquiry into getting a papal dispensation for bigamy which, unsurprisingly, the Pope was not super enthused about either.
There was a trial, and a lot of it involved some cold-case sleuthing over whether Arthur and Catherine had consummated their brief marriage.
Anne accompanied Henry to France, a move that legitimized her position as his partner. Then, when bad weather forced them to dawdle in Calais for two weeks while their Channel crossing was delayed, Anne and Henry took a Fornication Vacation and finally consummated their love.
This rule immediately brings to mind the incident between Henry and Thomas Wyatt during a game of bowls.
Henry, predictably, flew into a possessive bluster. It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing. He did not become bored or disinterested in her companionship.
Anne Boleyn - Wikipedia
He wrote tender love letters to Anne, some of which still exist, a powerful demonstration of his growing love as Henry loathed writing. It is not proper to love any woman whom one would be ashamed to seek to marry.
But there is strong evidence to suggest that Henry found Anne worthy of marriage — he crowned her —and took great pride in displaying her before all the court. The easy attainment of love makes it of little value; difficulty of attainment makes it prized. But Anne, too, made sacrifices. Her child-bearing years were quickly slipping by; there was a rush to judgment as she was reviled by much of the populace as a usurper; she had no official role nor position; and, finally, there was no guarantee that she would even have her marriage.
Both of them risked much. Only one of them, in the end, lost everything.