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Why do you love Anne Boleyn?
June 19, 2009
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OK, so if you're on this site, you either love Anne Boleyn or you're doing some kind of project on her. So, what is it that makes you interested in/obessessed with/addicted to Anne Boleyn?

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June 19, 2009
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hi Claire,

Just joined the forum.

For me, I believe history has to this very day been unkind to Anne,

and her achievements are not recognised, save your goodself and a new internet generation who have now somewhere to air their views!

Paudie.

If it was not this, then it would be something else?

June 19, 2009
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Hi Paudie!

Yes, she has been treated badly by history and we need to spread the word about her! That's my mission!

I think that people want to stick up for the \”underdog\” and they see real injustice in Anne's case and want to do something about it. It still shocks me that people still think that she really was a traitor to the king.

Love your photos!

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June 19, 2009
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I have found her interesting since I was in high school. What was it about this woman that people have had to slander her for no legitimate reason? How could someone be hated that much? After everything I have read about her, she was not this evil witch who seduced Henry. She was an intelligent woman who set to change things in her time, and did so with passion. She was not a whore, or a witch. She was a great woman, and had she been given her chance, I think she would've made a great queen. 

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June 20, 2009
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Hi LadytoAnneBoleyn,

I love your Anne Boleyn crest signature! I wonder if it's always been the human way to \”bad mouth\” successful people, particularly women. Here was a woman who rose so quickly, who had a title in her own right and who was actually loved by the King – her enemies and people jealous of her must have been waiting for things to go wrong and waiting for a chance to discredit her.

I agree, given the chance she would have made a fantastic queen. She had already done much in the role helping the poor, giving her patronage to Holbein and Renaissance arts, having a daughter who would grow up to be powerful and a force to be reckoned with, and I'm sure a son would have eventually followed.

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June 20, 2009
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Thanks!

I think, had she been given the proper care and time, she would've produced a son. Katherine Parr was an accomplished author, but none of other queens really stood out there like that.. I think it's wrong for those historians who slander her to continue to do so. 

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July 2, 2009
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I love Anne Boleyn because she was an absolute original.  She flied in the face of tradition, and never settled for something less than the ultimate goals she was after.  Her attitudes, personality, even her looks were completely unconventional for the times.  At a point in history (and let's face it until recently in time it's always been thus) when women were either nuns, wives, or whores, she never settled for any of it.  Yes, she eventually became a wife, but on her terms.  She wasn't chattel and she never allowed herself to be used as such even by a king.  I believe were she be alive today, she would be either the president of her own international multi-billion dollar corporation or the prime minister of her country.  She was smart, shrewd, patient, kind, and high tempered all rolled into one.  The very fact that she was called 'The scandal of Christendom' secured her as a favorite in my book..lol.1

Diem et animus scire cupio: I desire knowledge of the soul.

July 25, 2009
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My very selfish answer to your question is that I began by being interested in Elizabeth I and then became interested in Anne through that.  Once I got reading and carefully compared all the historical accounts, reading between the lines and trying to average everything out, I realized that I was very much like Anne Boleyn myself. 

I would've made the same mistakes, mishandled people and situations in the same way, and yet been mostly innocent of the things I was accused of because, while full of seeming confidence, it's mostly bravado and doesn't hold up well to intense stress.

July 28, 2009
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I began my \”love affair\” with all things Anne about 3 years ago. I read the six wifes of henry VIII and was drawn in by Anne's demenor. I am a very outspoken, driven, opinionated,and relgious and when i read about ms. Anne i felt a connection, almost as if id known her all my life, which maybe sounds stupid. after my first few readings on the topic of Anne, I soon began scarfing up any and all info i could lay my hands on about Anne and the court she took by storm. I am truly impressed by the life Anne led, she made her own way in a time where women were simply pawns for politically advantageous unions and sexual objects. She got involved in politics and religion (two things my parents always told me to not debate, but i always do), she took the heart of lusty king and held him off because she knew well enough how not to be used and discarded. She carried herself with grace and charm and remained composed til the end. So many of her traits are admirable and daily i find myself more and more amazed by this lady ive never ment. I always imagine her in hevan and know that one day if im lucky enough to go there as well hopefully we can meet! i have so many things to ask her. one of my two tattoos is of her \”B\” pendent and it is a daily reminder to be true to myself and that i can go as far as i want, at the same time remembering i could fall just as fast. I am looking to have her motto in french or a line from one of her love letters from henry, or even from her book of hours, put in script somewhere else on me but i never wanted alot of body ink so i am still considering it. overall Anne is always in my mind, always in my heart, and thanks to a local tattoo artist, always on my ankle…hahah 🙂

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August 2, 2009
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Autumn Star said:

when i read about ms. Anne i felt a connection, almost as if id known her all my life, which maybe sounds stupid. 


No no no!  That doesn't sound stupid at ALL!  Or if it does – then I (and others here) are stupid as well. 🙂   Welcome!

Autumn, you sound SO MUCH like me!!  I feel a bond to her, too, no matter that she lives 500+ years ago. I wish so much that Anne could have known that she would touch people that far into the future.  She will always be my heroine and my muse.

As for the tattoo, very ironic you mentioned that because I have been entertaining ideas of getting a B pendant tattoo as well.  And most everyone I know would be SHOCKED to think of me getting any type of ink at all.  Actually I was thinking of the \”AB\” pendant that is in one her portraits ) the Bradford one.  Previously I never thought of a tatt but for Anne I would.     Someday I will get to the Tower and St Perer's, just the thought makes me tear up.

I hope you will stick around so we can talk more about Anne!  ♥

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August 4, 2009
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I've been thinking about getting an Anne tattoo too, and it would be my first!  On the Tudors wiki, there is a page of tattoos and a lot of people seem to be inspired by Tudor history in their choice.  We should all get them and post pictures

Ainsi sera, groigne qui groigne.

August 4, 2009
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Melissa said:

I've been thinking about getting an Anne tattoo too, and it would be my first!  On the Tudors wiki, there is a page of tattoos and a lot of people seem to be inspired by Tudor history in their choice.  We should all get them and post pictures


Count me out. Tattoos are for a lifetime. In the UK people are desperately trying to get rid of them now following a rash of them being 'fashionable'  

August 5, 2009
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Yeah, I think the best thing with tattoos is to get them put somewhere where you can show them or hide them so that if you don't like it at a later date or you're applying for a job that frowns upon tattoos then you can hide it no problem.

I shocked everyone by getting an English rose tattooed round my belly button before I left England. It's tiny and pretty but my Mum was so shocked! However, I hardly ever show my tummy so most people don't know I've got one, although they do now!!!

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August 9, 2009
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Rochie: Count me out. Tattoos are for a lifetime. In the UK people are desperately trying to get rid of them now following a rash of them being 'fashionable'  

I totally get where your coming from alot of people here in the states have tattoos just to be cool, or \”fashionable\”, however my tat of Anne's pendant had nothing whatsoever to do with fashion or to be cool. i wanted someway for her to litterally be with me at all times and ink is a way to make it happen. Not to mention i am able to share her story over and over again when people ask me what my tat means, its a great way to introduce people to our queen! I wouldnt advise most people to get an Anne or Tudor themed tattoo, but if it is something you want, fashion and coolness be damned, just get it! 🙂

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August 10, 2009
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Autumn Star said:

Rochie: Count me out. Tattoos are for a lifetime. In the UK people are desperately trying to get rid of them now following a rash of them being 'fashionable'  

I totally get where your coming from alot of people here in the states have tattoos just to be cool, or “fashionable”, however my tat of Anne's pendant had nothing whatsoever to do with fashion or to be cool. i wanted someway for her to litterally be with me at all times and ink is a way to make it happen. Not to mention i am able to share her story over and over again when people ask me what my tat means, its a great way to introduce people to our queen! I wouldnt advise most people to get an Anne or Tudor themed tattoo, but if it is something you want, fashion and coolness be damned, just get it!


Yes, you're right. I guess we should not worry over what is 'out of fashion' anymore than we should be slaves to what happens to be 'in fashion' either. AB was an independent spirit and set the fashion of her times. That is something to admire, for sure.

August 11, 2009
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Certainly one of the reasons why I love Anne is the fact that she was a self made woman. It is true she had an excellent education, provided by a father with a great eye to recognize potential when he saw it, but the kind of rise she made: from daughter of a knight to Queen, was (before her) a task possible only with many generations of carefull enrichment and proper marriages with the ones of the most noble birth in order for the possibility of being match for a king was even considered (kings usually looked for wives among foreign princesses anyway). Against the odds, however, she made the impossible in one lifetime. One of a her tricks was knowing how to show herslef and fashion, no doubt, play its role. But it was all in her very own terms: instead of following the trend she dared to differ and use fashion to express herself and stand out.

Now as then, what I think makes the difference is the attitude you take towards things: are you riding the wave or is the wave pushing you? Anne defintely was a surfer!

So with tattoos I think it has to be a very personal thing to do. Since you are making a permanent mark in your skin I think it has to be very special and have a meaning to you. As long as that is so then it’s great to have one regardless of the fashion mood of the time. If you make it just to be cool (whatever that really means nowadays), in my opinion, its just a waste of money,time and… well… pain!

One of the reasons I have not get one myself is that I really have not found something that feels special for me and I don’t want to have something done just because. Also,I have not yet figure out what to do with it when I get older! I mean, it alwasy looks nice on firm skin but what about when your skin is no longer what it use to? So, if someday I decide to have one done, I will follow Claire’s advice and have it somewhere…discreet.

August 11, 2009
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Hi Val,

I really agree with you, Anne was so different from the other women at court and yes, she did live to her own terms. It's amazing when we consider her actions and life in the time that she lived, she was definitely ahead of her time!

Yes, tattoos are a very personal thing that really need to be thought about carefully. My English rose is a real reminder of the England I left behind and, as I say, most people don't know I've got it as I don't really show my tummy. If it's going to be somewhere obvious then, yes, you do need to consider how you'll feel about displaying it in the future etc.

Welcome to the forum, Val!

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September 21, 2009
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What first attracted me to Anne was her intelligence.  She was a very bright woman.  I also like Anne because I'm a lot like her, intelligent, witty, and short tempered.  Like Anne, I also have dark hair.  However, I have blue eyes, not brown.  I also like her because she wasn't your typical 16th century woman.  She did what she wanted to do, not what she, as a woman, was expected to do.  She forged her own path, and did not let anyone rule over her.

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September 21, 2009
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Yes, there are so many qualities in Anne to be admired – strength of character, perseverance, intelligence, wit, courage and, as you say, the courage to go against tradition and convention and make her own way in the world.

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Because she was original, free, lived in her own terms, was ahead of her time.

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