As many of you know, the Anne Boleyn Files celebrates its one year anniversary on the 17th February. I can’t quite believe that it’s nearly 1 year since I had the dream that set me on this mission to educate the world about Anne Boleyn and to form this community of like-minded Anne Boleyn and Tudor fans – the time has gone so quickly. But, it’s been a fabulous journey and I thank all of you for sharing it with me and for your contributions to the site.
To celebrate this milestone, I’m running an article competition. I want you to write an article on the topic “Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn” – that’s not the title, just the theme, you can choose your title. Obviously it’s a very open-ended theme and that’s because I want you to be free to write about whatever you want, as long as it concerns Henry and Anne in some way:-
- The relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
- Did Anne love Henry? Did Henry love Anne?
- The impact that their relationship had on England.
- The love triangle between Anne, Henry and Catherine of Aragon.
- The fall of Anne Boleyn and Henry’s role in it.
- What were Anne and Henry like?
- How could Henry let Anne be executed and move on to Jane Seymour so quickly?
- Did Anne make Henry into the monster he became?
Those are just some ideas, you choose, it’s up to you.
I’m also not giving you an upper word limit as I don’t want to cramp your style or hinder your creativity, just go with the flow!
The judges will choose one winner to win your choice of either a $30 Amazon voucher (£20 for Amazon UK users) or a $30 Anne Boleyn Files voucher for use on our jewellery ranges or French Hoods.
Here are the rules for the Anne Boleyn Files 1 Year Anniversary Competition:-
- Write an original article about “Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn”, giving it your own title.
- The article should have a minimum of 400 words.
- Email your article, along with your full name, to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Sunday 14th February 2010. The winner will be announced on the 17th February.
- Your article must be your own work and by entering the competition you are giving your permission for it to be published on the site. Obviously you can quote academic sources.
- Do not use an article that you have already had published elsewhere.
- The prize is non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged for something else.
So, get thinking and send me your article when you’re done. Good luck!
Other news this week:-
Today is Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII’s wedding anniversary – a happy start but a very tragic end. Read my post “A Secret Marriage”.
You may be wondering where the Lover’s Knot and Renaissance Jewelry sections have disappeared to – well, they’re gone! Daniela is working hard on lots of new jewelry – finishing Anne’s jewelry from “The Tudors” seasons 1 and 2, finishing the crowns/headdresses that Anne wore from seasons 1 and 2, making more jewelry from season 3, working on jewelry worn by Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine of Aragon and Mary, plus she’ll be drawing up even more new items when Season 4 starts in April – so, we just wanted to make more room for “The Tudors” jewelry. This means that we have discontinued those ranges and have also discontinued a few other pieces, but that’s good news for you as you may be able to bag a bargain from our “End of Line” section.
Author Robin Maxwell has written a special guest article over at the Elizabeth Files about what it was like to retell Shakespeare’s famous story of “Romeo and Juliet” as a novel – see “Taking on the Bard”. Robin’s book “O Juliet” is due for release next Tuesday and it’s a great read. Check out my review over at our Tudor Book Review site – click here.
For those of you interested in “The Lady in the Tower” by Alison Weir, there is a great article entitled “Alison Weir, Arguing the Case for Anne Boleyn” on the NPR website, along with an excerpt from the book – click here to read it. You can also read my review at Tudor Book Reviews.