Anne Boleyn Letters

Anne Boleyn Letters

Here is the letter that some people believe that Anne Boleyn wrote to Henry VIII from the Tower of London, after her arrest. It is said to have been found in Thomas Cromwell's belongings which probably means that it never made it into the hands of the King:- Anne Boleyn in the Tower" Sir, your Grace's displeasure, and my Imprisonment are Things so strange unto me, as what to Write, or what to Excuse, I am altogether ignorant; whereas you sent unto me (willing me to confess a Truth, and so obtain your Favour) by such a one, whom you know to be my ancient and professed Enemy; I no sooner received the Message by him, than I rightly conceived your Meaning; and if, as you say, confessing Truth indeed may procure my safety, I shall with all Willingness and Duty perform your Command. But let not your Grace ever imagine that your poor Wife will ever be brought to acknowledge a Fault, where not so much as Thought thereof proceeded. And to speak a truth, never Prince had Wife more Loyal in all Duty, and in all true Affection, than you have found in Anne Boleyn, with which Name and Place could willingly have contented my self, as if God, and your Grace's Pleasure had been so pleased. Neither did I at any time so far forge my self in my Exaltation, or received Queenship, but that I always looked for such an Alteration as now I find; for the ground of my preferment being on no surer Foundation than your Grace's Fancy, the least Alteration, I knew, was fit and sufficient to draw that Fancy to some other subject. You have chosen me, from a low Estate, to be your Queen and Companion, far beyond my Desert or Desire. If then you found me worthy of such Honour, Good your Grace, let not any light Fancy, or bad Counsel of mine Enemies, withdraw your Princely Favour from me; neither let that Stain, that unworthy Stain of a Disloyal Heart towards your good Grace, ever cast so foul a Blot on your most Dutiful Wife, and the Infant Princess your Daughter: Try me, good King, but let me have a Lawful Trial, and let not my sworn Enemies sit as my Accusers and Judges; yes, let me receive an open Trial, for my Truth shall fear no open shame; then shall you see, either mine Innocency cleared, your Suspicion and Conscience satisfied, the Ignominy and Slander of the World stopped, or my Guilt openly declared. So that whatsoever God or you may determine of me, your Grace may be freed from an open Censure; and mine Offence being so lawfully proved, your Grace is at liberty, both before God and Man, not only to execute worthy Punishment on me as an unlawful Wife, but to follow your Affection already settled on that party, for whose sake I am now as I am, whose Name I could some good while since have pointed unto: Your Grace being not ignorant of my Suspicion therein. But if you have already determined of me, and that not only my Death, but an Infamous Slander must bring you the enjoying of your desired Happiness; then I desire of God, that he will pardon your great Sin therein, and likewise mine Enemies, the Instruments thereof; that he will not call you to a strict Account for your unprincely and cruel usage of me, at his General Judgement-Seat, where both you and my self must shortly appear, and in whose Judgement, I doubt not, (whatsover the World may think of me) mine Innocence shall be openly known, and sufficiently cleared. My last and only Request shall be, That my self may only bear the Burthen of your Grace's Displeasure, and that it may not touch the Innocent Souls of those poor Gentlemen, who (as I understand) are likewise in strait Imprisonment for my sake. If ever I have found favour in your Sight; if ever the Name of Anne Boleyn hath been pleasing to your Ears, then let me obtain this Request; and I will so leave to trouble your Grace any further, with mine earnest Prayers to the Trinity to have your Grace in his good keeping, and to direct you in all your Actions. Your most Loyal and ever Faithful Wife, Anne Boleyn From my doleful Prison the Tower, this 6th of May. (Taken from The Life and Death of Anne Bullen, Queen Consort of England, printed by G. Smeeton, Charing Cross, Britain, 1820 and "Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic of the Reign of Henry VIII, ed. J.S. Brewer, J. Gairdner & R.H. Brodie 1862-1932). You can read more about this letter and the debate over whether it is authentic in my article Anne Boleyn's Letter to Henry VIII and in

Other Letters Written by Anne Boleyn

Letter Written to Henry VIII Summer 1526
Sire, It belongs only to the august mind of a great king, to whom Nature has given a heart full of generosity towards the sex, to repay by favors so extraordinary an artless and short conversation with a girl. Inexhaustible as is the treasury of your majesty's bounties, I pray you to consider that it cannot be sufficient to your generosity; for, if you recompense so slight a conversation by gifts so great, what will you be able to do for those who are ready to consecrate their entire obedience to your desires? How great soever may be the bounties I have received, the joy that I feel in being loved by a king whom I adore, and to whom I would with pleasure make a sacrifice of my heart, if fortune had rendered it worthy of being offered to him, will ever be infinitely greater. The warrant of maid of honor to the queen induces me to think that your majesty has some regard for me, since it gives me means of seeing you oftener, and of assuring you by my own lips (which I shall do on the first opportunity) that I am, Your majesty's very obliged and very obedient servant, without any reserve, Anne Bulen
The above letter from Anne appears in various books about Anne and the transcript of it is in the 19th century book "Letters of royal and illustrious ladies of Great Britain" ed. by Mary Anne Everett Wood. Wood cites Gregorio Leti's "Historia overo Vita di Elisabetta", Vol II, as her source for the letter, but advises caution due to the fact that she was translating into English something that Leti had translated from English into Italian and the original states that the original either no longer exists or is not accessible. As John Guy has pointed out in the past, Leti was known for making up stories and inventing stories, so it is not known whether this letter is authentic. Letter written by Anne Boleyn to Cardinal Wolsey, 11th June 1528
MY LORD, in my most hum- blest wise that my heart can think, I desire you to pardon me that I am so bold to trouble you with my simple and rude writing, esteeming it to proceed from her that is much de- sirous to know that your grace does well, as I perceive by this bearer that you do, the which I pray God long to continue, as I am most bound to pray ; for I do know the great pains and trou- bles that you have taken for me both day and night is never likely to be recompensed on my part, but alonely in loving you, next unto the king's grace, above all creatures living. And I do not doubt but the daily proofs of my deeds shall manifestly declare and affirm my writing to be true, and I do trust you do think the same. My lord, I do assure you, I do long to hear from you news of the legate; for I do hope, as they come from you, they shall be very good; and I am sure you desire it as much as I, and more, an it were possible; as I know it is not: and thus remaining in a steadfast hope, I make an end of my letter. Written with the hand of her that is most bound to be Your humble Servant, Anne Boleyn. Postscript by Henry VIII THE writer of this letter would not cease, till she had caused me likewise to set my hand, desiring you, though it be short, to take it in good part. I ensure you that there is neither of us but greatly desireth to see you, and are joyous to hear that you have escaped this plague so well, trusting the fury thereof to be passed, especially with them that keepeth good diet, as I trust you do. The not hearing of the legate's arrival in France causeth us somewhat to muse; notwithstanding, we trust, by your diligence and vigilancy (with the as- sistance of Almighty God), shortly to be eased out of that trouble. No more to you at this time, but that I pray God send you as good health and prosperity as the writer would. By your loving Sovereign and Friend, H. R.
Letter Written by Anne Boleyn to Cardinal Wolsey 1528
My lord, In my most humble wise that my poor heart can think, I do thank your grace for your kind letter, and for your rich and goodly present, the which I shall never be able to deserve without your help, of which I have hitherto had so great plenty, that all the days of my life I am most bound of all creatures, next the king's grace, to love and serve your grace, of the which I beseech you never to doubt that ever I shall vary from this thought, as long as any breath is in my body. And as touching your grace's trouble with the sweat, I thank our Lord that them I desired and prayed for are escaped; and that is the king's grace and you, not doubting that God has preserved you both for great causes known alonely of His high wisdom. And as for the coming of the legate, I desire that much. And if it be God's pleasure, I pray him to send this matter shortly to a good end; and then I trust, my lord, to recompense part of your great pains. In the which I must require you, in the mean time, to accept my goodwill in the stead of the power; the which must proceed partly from you, as our Lord knoweth, whom I beseech to send you long life, with continuance in honor. Written by the hand of her that is most bound to be your humble and obedient servant, Anne Boleyn
Letter Written by Anne Boleyn to Cardinal Wolsey 1529
My lord, Though you are a man of great understanding, you cannot avoid being censured by every body for having drawn on yourself the hatred of a king who had raised you to the highest degree to which the greatest ambition of a man seeking his fortune can aspire. I cannot comprehend, and the king still less, how your reverent lordship, after having allured us by so many fine promises about divorce, can have repented of your purpose, and how you could have done what you have, in order to hinder the consummation of it. What, then, is your mode of proceeding? You quarreled with the queen to favor me at the time when I was less advanced in the king's good graces; and after having therein given me the strongest marks of your affection, your lordship abandons my interests to embrace those of the queen. I acknowledge that I have put much confidence in your professions and promises, in which I find myself deceived. But, for the future, I shall rely on nothing by the protection of Heaven and the love of my dear king, which alone will be able to set right again those plans which you have broken and spoiled, and to place me in that happy station which God wills, the king so much wishes, and which will be entirely to the advantage of the kingdom. The wrong you have done me has caused me much sorrow; but I feel infinitely more in seeing myself betrayed by a man who pretended to enter into my interests only to discover the secrets of my heart. I acknowledge that, believing you sincere, I have been too precipitate in my confidence; it is this which has induced, and still induces me, to keep more moderation in avenging myself, not being able to forget that I have been Your servant, Anne Boleyn
Letter Written by Anne Boleyn to Thomas Cromwell, 14th May 1534
ANNE THE QUENE. By the Quene. TRUSTIE and right welbiloued we grete you well. And where as we be crediblie enformed that the berer hereof Richard Herman marchaunte and citizen of Antwerpe in Brabant was in the tyme of the late lorde Cardynall put and expelled frome his fredome and felowshipe of and in the Englishe house there, for nothing ells (as he affermethe) but oonly for that that he* dyd bothe with his gooddis and pollicie, to his greate hurte and hynderans in this Worlde, helpe to the settyng forthe of the Newe Testamente in Eng- lisshe. We therefore desire and instantly praye you that with all spede and favoure convenient ye woll cause this good and honeste marchaunt, being my Lordis true faithfull and loving subjecte, restored to his pristine fredome, libertie, and felowshipe aforesaid, and the soner at this cure requeste, and at your good leyser to here hym in suche thinges as he hathe to make further relacion unto you in this behalf. Yeven undir our Signete at my Lordis manoure of Grene- wiche the xiiijth daye of May. To our trustie and right welbeloved Thomas Crumwell squyer Chief Secretary unto my Lorde the Kings Highnes. The words "still like a good crystal man" are here obliterated : the pen having been drawn across them.
(Source: "Original Letters Illustrative of English History: Including Numerous Royal Letters and One or Two other Collections Volume II" by Henry Ellis, Keeper of the Manuscripts in the British Museum (1824)) Letter Written By Anne Boleyn to Thomas Cromwell 1535
Master Secretary, I pray you despatch with speed this matter, for mine honor lies much on it, and what should the king's attorney do with Pointz's obligation, since I have the child by the king's grace's gift, but only to trouble him hereafter, which by no means I will suffer, and thus fare you as well as I would ye did. Your loving mistress, Anne the Queen
(Source of Letters: Click here to see poems that are traditionally attributed to Anne Boleyn.

36 thoughts on “Anne Boleyn Letters”

  1. Kimberly Eve says:

    Hi Claire,
    Oh my goodness! Finally, a letter written in Anne Boleyn’s own words is found and shared with the world. How apt for it to be discovered amongst Thomas Cromwell’s things. Oh, if only Henry would have read Anne’s letter who knows if it would have changed anything. He was so willing to be rid of her in order to start his new life with Jane Seymour.
    I can’t stop reading Anne’s letter with tears rolling down my eyes too!
    I always knew her letters existed but believed they were destroyed by Chapuys maybe but this is incredible, simply incredible!!
    Every time I go to the website you provided to attempt to read the trial records they are not available. I’m guessing because they’re still in your possession!! I’ll keep trying though!

  2. admin says:

    It is a shame that it didn’t get to Henry, poor Anne. No, I couldn’t get access to the records either, some historian must have them. I’ve just received a quote for about 50 GBP (pounds) to have them copied.

  3. Kimberly Eve says:

    Hm, I wonder if it’s David Starkey. It might be Alison Weir too. She has a book coming out soon on Anne. She’s probably checking her reference list, LOL!
    No, that doesn’t surprise me at all. If you’re willing to ship to the states, add my name to the list!!

  4. admin says:

    I was thinking Alison Weir too! I haven’t ordered them yet. The quote was for one “bitonal scan from film” of any records to do with Anne and a DVD, so I’m not really sure what I’ll get!

  5. JUNE DECK says:

    He could have read a hundred of her so well penned letters [were all women of her time so well written?} but his mind was made up, and I do believe he was experiencing a loss of cognition by this time, and perhaps well before.The man was not only a beast, he was a mad beast with unending power. I wonder if Anne really thought she could change his mind or if she was trying to save the lives of the men accused with her. I have read the letter to him re: a fair trial, but she must by then have known that it was not possible and her death imminent. I have cried for her fear and her fear for her daughter, this man who pursued her and then not only wanted rid of her, he wanted her death. Her intelligence shines through all of her letters so one imagines she knew her fate well. This man was willing to believe and act upon anything that got him his way, she surely knew that well. His diseased mind and body were already becoming obvious by this time and the fact that her own family sold her down the river tells the story of his cruelty, I have almost felt sorry for Jane Seymour, she is probably lucky the childbirth fever? took her or she too may have died missing her head some years later when her son died. My solace is that he did at least allow her a death by sword and that is was if reports of the time are true quick and not protracted.

  6. Claire says:

    I think there was a part of Anne that hoped Henry would allow her to go to a nunnery but I think she knew her husband too well to expect any real mercy. I only hope that Henry’s cruelty and tyranny was caused by his accident and that he wasn’t just evil!

  7. Amanda says:

    I believe, in my opinion that Henry was extremely manipulated and that at the time he truly believed the awful lies he had been told. From everything I have read regarding Henry, he could be persuaded very easily into believing what his “trusted counsel” advised. This to me is a great sadness. I believe Anne was the greatest love of his life! I believe that because of his great love and passion for her, that her “crimes” (which I believe are completely untrue) drove him a little insane, with Jealousy and a false sense of betrayal. He was so angry and infused in such a rage, that in his mind it was a revenge for his broken betrayed heart. I believe it is because of his guilt that he became cruel and bitter later in his life.
    However, I must say that it is because of her, and the love that the two bore for one another that England had one of the greatest Queens of all time. It seems so wasteful, he wanted a son so badly and it turns out that the child he took for granted ended up ruling his great empire with great success. It is said that England, under Elizabeth I’s rule, was the happiest, wealthiest and most beloved.

  8. Kathleen says:

    This is extremely interesting, and I am hoping to find out the name of the source where this comes from. If possible, could you let me know the name of the author, and where these fabulous correspondences are available in book format? I’m comparing the education and correspondence of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, and its impact on their reputations and reigns as Queen of England for my graduate thesis, and would greatly appreciate any help I could get.

    Thank you very much!

  9. Claire says:

    Hi Kathleen,
    Which one do you want the source for? If you look underneath the letters, the sources are at the bottom. You can find the first letter, Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII, in the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, at number 808 on that page, dated 6th May.
    Hope that helps.

  10. Lucy says:

    Does the letter from the Tower still exist? I thought that only 2nd hand evidence remained and that there was some doubt about it’s authenticity?
    Are there other recorded letters in her hand? No matter to whom they are addressed, reading her choice of words and phrases gives such a great insight into her character…
    Thanks again for providing this resource!

  11. Claire says:

    Hi Lucy,
    Yes, the letter does exist and I discuss this letter in my article and yes there is some doubt about its authenticity. There is no doubt about the authenticity of the other letters, they are all in the archives.

  12. Sherri says:

    The letters that Henry wrote Anne were so beautiful. Can anyone doubt that Henry loved Anne truly ?

    I believe that which Amanda said about Henry being manipulated but he wanted to be manipulated. How very convenient for Henry to use those around him who thought that they were manipulating him when he was actually the puppet master.
    If he believed these insidious allegations against Anne then he could absolve himself of any blame or guilt. In the end, in his own mind he could always say that it wasn’t his fault – he didn’t know. When in fact Henry knew full well what Anne’s destiny was. This is where as June puts it that Henry “was a mad beast with unending power.” Henry was a narcissistic personality and they believe that they are the be all and end all. This can occur at any stage of life. Cruel, evil, distorted, mad – Henry was everything and more. In the end though, I do believe that Henry did regret having Anne executed and therefore could not look upon or be near Elizabeth for any length of time. I believe even though Jane Seymour was supposedly his “true wife” – I question that because he was not even at the same castle where Jane was giving birth to Edward nor was he beside her when she was dying.

    I will always believe that Anne was the grand passion, the love and the soul mate that Henry had looked for all his life. It is a sad and tragic love affair gone wrong somewhere, somehow. I believe that Henry had to execute Anne for different reasons than most people. I believe that hate and love go hand in hand and Henry could not afford to have the love of life still living – it would torment him to one of the deaths. The other reason being that I bellieve that Anne had a large following and one day in the future, Anne and Elizabeth might have contested the dynasty.

  13. Charlotte says:

    I agree wth Sherri that Anne was Henrys true love. Jane wasn’t around long enough for Henry to get bored of her, who knows what may have happened to her if she had survived. Henry would have almost certainly tired of Jayne at some point.

  14. Annie says:

    Claire, Why does Anne sign her last name as ‘Bulen; for one of the letters? I am familiar with crude speak and spelling, but I also know Anne was a very educated lady…

    1. Claire says:

      Hi Annie,
      There was no standardised spelling in those days. I was looking at at primary source the other day, a Tudor letter, and it had the same surname spelled a couple of different ways in the same paragraph!

      1. Annie says:

        Haha, wow! The more you know!

      2. Julie says:

        From a”royal”struck american…first thanks for putting do much wonderful information ready to see. Seems to me that most purple forget thy henry seemed to love his first wife with all his heart and was just as happy to put her aside after all her efforts to give him children. Henry loved himself and started to believe his own propaganda. The bad thing is that no matter how smart you are you can’t deal with crazy. I do feel so much for Anne but I just can’t forget Catherine. Did Catherine at least get to have some good years after Henry?

        1. pamela foster says:

          No, catherine died in 1536, proberly of cancer,after she was exiled she never saw her daughter mary again,and for the five years she lived after henry she fretted for her daughter

  15. Ingrid says:

    I have my heart in my hands reading her last letter ;/

  16. Anna says:

    This is the first time I read the letter from the Tower in the original language and I am stunned by the personality of this amazing woman. Royalty does not come from the birth, it comes from the power of character and Anne Boleyn was a true Queen indeed. Thank you Claire for running this site, I’m really grateful for all the info that you have gathered here.

  17. I love reading about the Tudor era I read a peice on ann where she and her accuser exsape the you know anything about this book or the tile of said book.

  18. Tara says:

    Where are the letters kept? Are they able to be viewed?

  19. Michelle says:

    Thanks so much for this, Claire. Are these the only surviving letters written by Anne? Have any of the letters Anne sent Elizabeth’s governess survived? I was surprised to see a letter Anne wrote to Henry in 1526as I thought that none of the letters she wrote to him had survived – are we sure of its authenticity, or is it in question? If you could tell me in total (excluding the Tower letter) how many letters we have written by Anne, I would be very grateful….thank you for your wonderful, informative site!!

  20. Myra McGee says:

    I love your website and always learn something new. I have a masters degree in history and have always been fascinated by the Tudor period. To read Anne’s letter, filled with so much passion and strength of will, have really made her come alive for me! Thanks for the great work you do.

  21. Bronagh says:

    Thank you for posting this,I have read it before in a boigraphy, but I was unawrae that it most likely never reached Henry.I am always impressed bythe articulate way Anne expresed herself and her sheer bravery, protesting her innocence to the end, even though she must have known that the outcome was a foregone conclusion, in fact seems to acknowledge as much. The erudite way that she pleads for the men´s lives and her daughter is very moving.
    But I am a little confused by the letter of 1534, it is in a completely differen t style, and uses completely different spelling. It is almost as though it was written by someone else. is there any explanation for this?

  22. Sherri says:


    I know that the letter above was disputed. That it was found in Cromwell’s files and that supposedly he did not give it to Henry. That letter if it is authentic then it might have changed Anne’s destiny. But then again, Henry wanted to marry Jane and he probably would have turned a blind eye to any evidence around him that hinted at Anne not being guilty.

    The main question that I have is that with all the technology that we have today could not it be tested as to age of the ink and paper ?? Also could the letter be scanned or whatever they do for fingerprints or dna ??? If we could then we possibly have some answers, I’m also wondering if the sketches and paintings that we do have of Anne, again could not they be tested for age etc.,

  23. Jayne Parton says:

    i think that we forget the world that Henry was raised in.
    He was a second son in a household raised and ruled by his almost insane grandmother, who babied him to distraction.

    he had teachers who told him day in and day out that he was the most amazing smartest prince ever.
    his mother babied him.
    his dad had no time for him unless he was being more and more exuberant.

    is it really any wonder that he was a horrid small minded man?

    He married his first wife for her country alliance and for the prestige of a high blood spanish wife, with the bonus of taking his brothers place in every part of life.

    then he met Anne, and she was stunning, smart, open, happy, and carefree, compared to his wife who after the loss of so may children, and the passing of so many years was quiet and reserved, and in truth starting to slow down.

    Anne was vibrant and she turned heads everywhere she went, her manners were very french, and she was everything his wife was not.

    and please lets not bash her sex appeal to much, she knew she was sexy, and she knew how to use it. her looks caught his eye and her mind kept his heart

    ok my 2 cent input

  24. Carolyn says:

    Hate to be a buzz kill, but the letter from Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII, regarding her appointment as lady-in-waiting to the queen, is suspected to be a forgery. According to Elizabeth North of “The Anne Boleyn Papers,” Professor Retha Warnicke of Arizona State University states that, at best, “. . . it is a second-hand version of a letter that may never have existed.” (Norton, 52). Italian historian Gregorio Leti (1630-1701) was the translator of this letter, who came to England during the reign of Elizabeth I to write an Italian history of Elizabeth’s reign and claimed to have seen this letter.

    On the other hand, some believe that it is genuine, because it does not portray Elizabeth’s mother, Anne,” . . . in a positive light.” Historian Mary-Anne Wood believes that Leti was taking a risk in translating this letter (Norton, 52).

    Either of these are possibilities, but to know EXACTLY where Leti got the letter is the mystery here. 🙂

  25. Christine says:

    I don’t think the last letter she ever wrote titled ‘ From The Lady In The Tower was from Anne, ii think it was a fake like the songs she was supposed to have written, she was Henrys Queen she would have signed her letters as The Queen not The Lady In TheTower, that was obviously a forgery but so many people seem to get excited over it, her other letters are interesting tho, that is the real ones.

  26. charlotte says:

    Yeah I don’t think the letters from Anne to Henry are real. There are no letters from Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII that are legitimate. The king most likely destroyed them.

    I find it fascinating that so many women these days sympathize with Anne Boleyn. Most who sympathize with her assume she was very young and led by her family to seduce Henry (which is wrong, because Anne was in her mid-twenties when she met Henry and was 32 at the age she was crowned Queen of England, an age we can all agree meant she was very in control and knew very well what she wanted). It’s not a coincidence that her previous love was Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. He was an Earl, for God’s sake. That is a VERY high ranking man with a lot of money and lands. Simply put, Anne Boleyn was a gold-digger. When it didn’t work out with Percy, she set her sights on Henry VIII.

    All I can say is that Anne Boleyn was a grown woman who knew the stakes when she ran after a very married King of England. She knew what she wanted and she went after it. She was no doubt a very intelligent, shrewd, patient, cunning, ambitious woman who would in this day and age likely be the head of a major corporation or maybe even leader of a country. The woman knew her worth and played her hand very well and won the best prize in the country: the post of Queen.

    She may well have been innocent of the charges put against her, but I am convinced of one thing: Henry *believed* that Anne was guilty. Henry believed Anne was guilty of plotting his death, as well as having many lovers. At a later date, he may well have realized that the plot had been hatched by his counselors and she was innocent at the time of her death. But at the time, he had every reason to believe Anne was guilty.
    Henry was not a monster. He lived in a different time, a different world. As hard as this may be for most of you to believe, I have come to be rather fond of Henry VIII.

    We do Anne Boleyn’s memory no favor when we try to cast her as something she was not: A passive, innocent victim. Anne Boleyn was a lioness. She was a woman who risked everything to become Queen, and lost her head because of it. She is to be respected as in incredibly brave woman. A woman who broke the mold of what it meant to be a 16th century woman.

    1. Britt says:

      Your post is the equivalent of someone saying “That MAN is assertive, confident and strategic – He’s so awesome!! That WOMAN is assertive, confident and strategic – She’s such a bitch!!”

      You make it seem like Anne was the equivalent of a commoner. I hate it when people refer to Anne as a lowly born woman. It’s simply not true. I have ZERO doubt that Anne’s uncle and father pushed her and her sister to be successful at court. If that meant bedding the king, so be it. Women were absolutely pawns used by men; it was their duty. I think in Anne’s case, however, she decided that if she was going to be used as a pawn, then they’d play by her rules. She was without a doubt very ambitious!! She definitely thought she was better than a king’s mistress! And honestly, ALL women are better then some side girl, even the side girl of a king. Anne was just one of the firsts to openly show that she was better. She knew how to play the game so very well. And she did it, not so much with her looks, but with that je ne sais quoi!!! That’s what I believe many people find so admirable about her. She took control in a day where women had very limited control of their destiny.

      Although, I will admit that those admirable traits also had a negative side; I think she was cunning, stubborn, narcissistic, controlling and persistent to fault. She obviously craved attention, well before Henry came into her life. So, after the birth of Elizabeth, her confidence started to wain — lack of providing a male heir, Henry’s eyes started to wander, disapproval from people at court, etc. I think that’s when she switched from playing offense to defense. She was in no way perfect, her treatment of Katherine among other things, shows that, but she was admirable in many ways. And she definitely didn’t deserve her fate.

      Henry VIII was beyond narcissistic, he was a sociopath. A joke of a king who wanted all the glory of being king but didn’t want to do any of the actual work. Unless that work included getting rid of anyone who got in his way. He was an immature, insecure tyrant…Even when you consider the time of his reign, he was a tyrant!!! His ego was beyond measure. He was the first monarch to order his people to refer to him as “Your Majesty” — What a friggin douche!!


    2. Britt says:

      I forgot to address one other thing in my previous post. It is in regards to your statement about Anne trying to marry Henry Percy because he was an Earl. You stated that “[Percy] was an Earl for God’s sake” and “simply put [Anne] was a gold-digger” for trying to marry him. Basically insinuating that he was out of Anne’s league. You do realize that in 1522 Henry VIII himself (via Cardinal Wolsey, of course) requested that Anne, who was in France, return to England and marry James Butler, who was ALSO an Earl?!!!! OMG the horror!!!! The purpose of the union was to settle land and title disputes between the Boleyn’s and Butler’s, which once again shows how women were used as pawns. Obviously, James and Anne’s marriage contract didn’t work out. For you to state that it was advantageous and preposterous of Anne to think she could marry an Earl is highly inaccurate. If the king of England thought she was worthy of marrying an Earl, why wouldn’t she think she could marry Percy in 1523?!!! I personally think that Percy and Anne’s marriage was denied because of the already present marriage negotiations for Anne and James. I don’t think the refusal of a their match had ANYTHING to do with Anne’s birth status. What this does show, however, is Anne’s rebellious side!!! I definitely think the denying of her and Percy’s marriage fueled her ambitions of becoming queen when the opportunity presented itself; in a “I’ll show them” kinda way. You state that her desire to be queen is a fault. Of course she wanted to be queen, who wouldn’t want to be queen?!!! By no means should Anne be romanticized or thought of as an “innocent little lamb”. She definitely had her demons. But I do think she can be seen as a representative of feminism, in her own unique way. I urge you to research a little deeper into this subject and not just skim the surface of Anne Boleyn

  27. Olivia Magleave (age 7) says:

    I think that Anne Boleyn is the best wife because I was her in the Christmas play this year in year 3! Yey!

  28. Jane says:

    Personal opion , Herny should of stayed with Catherine of Aragon. He was responsible for so many deaths and perhaps if he’s eyes did not wondering around that much any of this would of happened in the first place . Hem was such a poor soul and he was a unfaithful husband to Anne . He never supported her in the times she needed him he most. He was to busy spreading he’s seed and making bastard child. Its absolutely great that a man had so much right that time period.

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  30. Danae Stonewood says:

    WOW that 1529 letter from Anne to Wolsey is so frosty I got cold reading it five hundred years later, she was an inspired and emotional writer. I’m so upset we don’t have her replies to Henry’s love letters. One of the many articles of history lost to time I would give an arm to have before me.

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