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If you could go back in time for one weekend in King Henry's court who would you be?
March 1, 2010
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Gina
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Besides Anne, who do you think you would be if you had a time machine to go back to the time King Henry VII, who would you be & why?  (I “borrowed” this from an Anne Boleyn Yahoo group, but I thought it was great!)

I would have liked to been Will Sommers the Jester (he seemed to be the one who went through everything and came out with his head attached & was one of Henry's Favorites!) or maybe Henry's sister who marry Charles Brandon (if he looked anything like Henry Cavill! ahaha!

XO-Gina

March 1, 2010
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Are you guaranteed to have your head attached at the end of the weekend?

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March 1, 2010
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LOL.. yeah that would be my stipulation too… I would like to keep my head..

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March 2, 2010
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 I would definitely choose Henry's sister Mary.  She kept her head.  From what I have read, and the paintings I've seen,  Charles Brandon was a very handsome guy. If we're going to take a step back in time, it should be a most enjoyable step right?Wink

March 6, 2010
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Gina
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Haha! Yeah I guess I should have stipulated that you get out in ONE piece! With your head attached and no “visits” to the tower!!

Sharon, I was thinking about Mary Boleyn too! she seemed to have had a good time & she got Henry before he was a roly poly with a smelly leg! (Very mature I know!)

XO-Gina

March 6, 2010
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I'd want to be somebody as plain and unnoticed as possible! That way I wouldn't get any hassle from skirt-chasers and I could just sit back and observe everything 🙂

March 6, 2010
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Yeah I'd be someone fairly unremarkable too!  But sufficiently rich enough so I could wear all the gorgeous dresses  Laugh

March 8, 2010
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Gina said,

Sharon, I was thinking about Mary Boleyn too! she seemed to have had a good time & she got Henry before he was a roly poly with a smelly leg! (Very mature I know!)

XO-Gina


I feel the same way about Henry. I can't imagine poor Catherine Howard with him.  Boggles the mind.  Yes, Mary Boleyn would be a great choice.  Smart girl, that one.  She is one of my favorite people.  She lived life to the fullest, didn't she?

Beth and Bella,

Good luck going unnoticed at Henry's court.  A perfect example of a plain, unremarkable woman of that time was Jane Seymour.  If you are going to go back as rich women you might as well be very remarkable and have tons of fun.  After all the rules are no beheading and no Tower.  It's a good deal.

March 8, 2010
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In that case, maybe Katherine Parr when Henry was in France and she got to rule the country!!!!

March 9, 2010
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A servant. That way, I'd be as good as invisible to the people who mattered, and I'd get to go everywhere, overhear everything and know a lot of things I shouldn't.

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March 31, 2010
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I'd be Master Smeaton…..good at playing the guitar and hey…..lets face it….I'm gonna be accused of having an affair with Anne Boleyn (bearing in mind its only for a weekend so plenty of time to have a look round and chat to Anne etc…..just dont arrest me till the last minute cos i'll be bored locked in the Tower.

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May 28, 2010
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William Sommers, he survived them all, the only one who could take the “Michael” out of Henry and keep his head (and was given lands by Henry!)or perhaps Hans Holbein, love his work. If I'm to be the latter, can I bring some antiviral for the sweating sickness in my back pocket?

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

May 28, 2010
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I think I'd be Joan Bulmer, Catherine Howard's childhood friend and lady-in-waiting. (Although the real Joan Bulmer probably was not much like the Joan Bulmer as portrayed by Catherine Steadman on The Tudors!) She was close to the center of events, but Henry was so besotted by Catherine that he did not pursue his wife's ladies-in-waiting. Also, Joan was clever enough to finagle her way into Henry's court, and survived Catherine's death by many years (according to http://tudorswiki.sho.com/page…..oan+Bulmer, she died in 1590: I estimate that Joan Bulmer must have been in her early 70s, a remarkable age for a woman in Tudor England).

Yours as long as lyffe endures, Katheryn

June 1, 2010
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How about going back as Henry himself?  Then we would know what his conscience really told him.

June 2, 2010
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Good choice Wendy.  Have fun.  Then you would be able to tell us what the heck that man was thinking!

August 3, 2010
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Hmm…I'd probably go back as a lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn. That way, I could really get to know her! Or maybe I would go back as George Rochford, because he was close to her.

"Grumble all you like, this is how it's going to be"

August 13, 2010
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Oh this is hard since I was going to chose Anne, but I suppose I would want to be….Mary Boleyn because she was Anne's sister and maybe they were close Mary and Anne.  I wouldn't want to go back as a guy, cause I was going to pick George Boleyn but the thought of me getting a sex change is scary!

November 28, 2010
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If we are allowed sex changes, I wouldn't mind being a member of Henry's privy council, but not a Groom of the Stool.Surprised

It's always bunnies.

November 29, 2010
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Watch out with the antivirals, ipaud.  You might be brought up on charges of witchcraft, but since you can't be hauled to the Tower it doesn't really matter, I guess.

Who I'd want to be depends on when…

If we're talking during Anne Boleyn's reign then I'd want to be one of her ladies in waiting.  

Jane Seymour's reign:  Someone who didn't go to Court often.  Court sounds like it was boring while Jane Seymour was queen.

Anne of Cleves:  Either Thomas Cromwell or Elizabeth I.

Katherine Howard:  Anne of Cleves

Katherine Parr:  Elizabeth

"We mustn't let our passions destroy our dreams…"

November 30, 2010
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I would definitely want to be someone very close to either Anne or Elizabeth, preferable Anne. If Anne: either a lady-in-waiting or George Rochford. Probably a lady-in-waiting. And for Elizabeth, Kat Ashley.

"Grumble all you like, this is how it's going to be"

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