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8 thoughts on “Anne Boleyn in Fiction and on TV”

  1. Kimberly says:

    What I find interesting about Anne Boleyn in fiction, in fact all the women involved in the Tudor Dynasty, is that these authors have access to the same research materials and yet the portrayals are so varied. You can see the personal bias seep into the text. Even sometimes in the non-fiction works. As a published author myself, as well as a student of history, (The Tudor Dynasty is the subject of my masters thesis) I can understand how it happens to a certain degree. But it does not happen with anyone so much as with Anne Boleyn. Writer’s either Love her or they Hate her! My goal is to portray these women in the best possible light as strong women who through very little fault of their own were victims of the ambitious men in their families as well as Henry’s insanity. They were pitted against one another and positioned to be rivals. To displace, to deceive and to betray each other and themselves at the very highest cost….their children and even their lives.

  2. antonio says:

    do you think that henry VIII wouldnt have broken from the catholic church were it not for Anne Boleyn? how much was he persuaded by Anne or it wouldnt happend if she didnt appear in the picture? we all know he had 6 wifes but i wonder if he wouldnt have any more wives if she didnt appear or for example Jane appeared instead. Perhaps Henry VIII would have broken from the catholic church regardless just to marry other wives.

    are those too many questions? since you seem to know that much about her im curious to know your opinion


    1. Hanna says:

      For all it’s worth, considering this reply appears about two years late, I believe that Anne was not the sole cause of the break with Rome so much as she was an excuse. Henry was already tired of Katherine and her failure to produce a living male heir, he kept a string of mistresses and must surely have already considered attempting to break his marriage to Katherine. When Anne arrived and captured his attention, Henry pursued her, perhaps thinking the divorce proceedings would only take a matter of months or, at most, a year. However, by the time of the break with Rome Henry would have been unable to change his mind for fear of appearing weak or easily changable, just as once he had his divorce, he would have been unable to not go ahead and marry Anne. Their marriage was a short and, by all accounts, unhappy one. The break with Rome would have happened if it were Jane or any other woman who held out and was simply a consequence of Henrys desire for a divorce and a son.
      Hope this helps someone, any other opinions??

    2. Kathy says:

      I believe he needed a way out of marriage with Katherine of Aragon. He looks used the Bible as he guide for this reason. Unfortunately whether it is as Anne or Jane or someone else thrown in his path it would have eventually happened.

  3. Terry Jackson says:

    I’m curious as to why you have not included Anne of a Thousand Days. This movie motivated my interest in English history that has last about 45 years. Almost as powerful on a 14-year old as Romeo and Juliet. The last scene with Henry waiting for the bells so he could ride off to Mistress Seymour, and the little red-headed Elizabeth walking away from the camera after her mother is beheaded were very powerful for me. It showed that both Mother and child were just pawns of the King.

    1. Christine says:

      That was a wonderful movie with two brilliant actors playing the lead roles, Genevieve Bujold was marvellous as Anne being feisty, short tempered and ruthless which was exactly how she was, I dont like it when they don’t stick to the real events though as when Henry was standing outside the door during her trial and after when he visited her in the Tower, after that fateful May Day when she was arrested they never saw one another again, also that part is fiction where Henry was said to be waiting on his horse impatiently waiting for the boom from the Tower to tell him his forsaken Queen was dead, several authors have portrayed that in their books using the writers prerogative and it was shown in the above film for impact but it just didn’t happen, even Henry wouldn’t have acted that insensitive, he was in one of his residences as Anne breathed her last and Jane herself was keeping a low profile.

  4. Wesley Molt says:

    As a fan of Anne Boleyn and a history buff, can you recommend any good historical fiction novels about her? The only ones that I know of she is either a minor character or is horribly inaccurate (ie The Other Boleyn Girl.)

    1. Christine says:

      Try ‘The Concubine’ by Norah Lofts’ once started I couldn’t put it down, don’t bother with Gregorys novels, their more fiction than fact.

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