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Greetings from Holland!
March 2, 2010
8:37 am
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Anique
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Hello everybody!

I'm new. and I mean literally, to everything. Up until a month ago I only knew how Anne's story ended. I have always felt sympathy for her. But a month ago I started watching The Tudors (it's not a swear word on here right? ;)) and after just two episodes I wanted to know everything about that lady. So I found this website and it has taught me a lot already. I have just seen eight episodes of The Tudors so far, because I follow it on tv every week and the dutch channel airs two episodes a week. I have heard about the historical inaccuracies but they don't bother me really that much. Maybe that's because I saw the show first, and therefore I am able to see it as something fictional and it's always nice when it is accurate. Natalie Dormer is great as Anne, one of my favourite shows, and so on.

I watched The Other Boleyn girl next, but I did not care for that, even though I care for Natalie Portman a lot. I didn't like the good sister-bad sister thing at all. I actually stopped watching the first time and only finished it when my mother wanted to watch it.

I am currently reading Joanna Denny's biography (yes, I know what everyone is saying about it but I like her style, it's a nice read. And personally I think it's pretty nice to read a really sympathetic bio first, even if it's over-sympathetic).

I'm going to finish that book soon, so I hope the books I ordered will be arriving soon. I ordered: the Eric Ives bio -The Most Happy- and some fiction; Dear Heart, How Like You This, Threads and Murder Most Royal.

The Anne Experience is not for me this year, but maybe some other time.

I don't know what interests me about Anne the way it does. It just feels as if I've known her for a while.

Enough about my young interest in Anne.

I'm Anique, I'm 20 years old and I live in Gorinchem, Holland. My family and I live on a houseboat. I study English, I want to be a translator. and I'm currently at work, where I shouldn't do this 😛

March 3, 2010
5:38 am
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Hi Anique,

Welcome to the forum! It's great to “meet” you and I'm so happy that you found us.

“The Tudors” isn't a swear word here and we're actually quite a tolerant lot and nobody is shot down in flames for disagreeing with another person, we're all really friendly.

I think The Tudors does a wonderful job at bringing history to life and it has brought Anne's story to a new generation of people and for that I am so grateful. What's great about it is that it makes people ask questions and then people search online or buy books and eventually find out the truth about these historical characters.

I haven't read Threads or Dear Heart How Like You This? so please do let us know what you think of them. I love the Eric Ives book and would say that it is THE Anne Boleyn book. I do like Denny, she is a bit too pro-Anne but her style is readable and she's made a lot of people question the traditional view of Anne as an adulteress and witch. I also really enjoyed Murder Most Royal, a great page-turner and I think Plaidy did a great job at bringing Anne to life.

Anyway, it's nice to meet you and I hope you enjoy using the forum Smile

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March 3, 2010
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Hi Anique!

I really enjoyed 'Threads' – its a bit different in that after Anne dies she has to learn how to forgive Henry over subsequent lifetimes.  Its about reincarnation, love, forgiveness and second chances.

Anyway, I hop you enjoy it here!

March 23, 2010
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thanks for the warm welcome! I'm a bit late with my thanks because I was so busy researching Anne. 😉

Indeed, I had noticed you're all really friendly people (I had been lurking for a couple of days) so I wasn't really expecting flames. 😛

By now I have read most of the books I ordered, and I'm 50 pages into the Ives bio. I'm finding it really interesting so far.

I'll give my opinions on the other books  I read in the movies/books forum. Don't expect many complaints from me, I love all the different views of Anne I'm getting and I love it when she's brought to life in a story.

I'm also really excited because even though I won't be able to join you on the Anne Boleyn Experience 2010 I have put together something of a tour for myself this year. My mom is a fan of The Tudors as well so she is insisting on visiting the Tower when we're in London this year and I am planning to take the family on a daytrip to Hever Castle. 🙂

March 23, 2010
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The Ives book is brilliant and I'm glad that you're finding it interesting. People keep recommending to me “The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty” by G J Meyer so I'm going to get that one today.

Have a great time in England – are you going to Hampton Court Palace too?

Debunking the myths about Anne Boleyn

March 23, 2010
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Hello Anique!!

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March 23, 2010
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Hi Anique! By the way, I think your name is beautiful Smile  Anyway, I'm pretty new to this site too, and let me tell you, it doesn't disappoint.  I'm 17 and constantly reading, and I first read about (and became fascinated with) Anne when I was 11.  Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to attend the Anne Boleyn Experience for quite a while…I'm an American and, as you probably know, our economy isn't the best right now.  So for the time being, I have any books I can find on the subject and The Tudors! 

I also greatly admire Natalie Dormer..I think she is a phenomenal actress who really brought Anne to life!  I own and love Joanna Denny's biography; yes, she is especially pro-Anne, to the point that she's really tough on those who opposed her, but I enjoy her writing style and the interesting facts she presents.  I also just ordered the Ives biography and I can't wait for it to come in! 

I hope you enjoy the site Smile

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