Claire | September 8, 2023
For this week’s #FridayFun, I thought it would be interesting to see what people think about Anne Boleyn’s relationship with Henry VIII?
Did Anne Boleyn set out to attract the king a la Elizabeth Woodville? Was her rebuffing of him all part of a plan to make him want her even more? Did she have her eyes on the crown and was playing a game to get what she wanted?
Did Anne really mean “no”? Was she rebuffing Henry VIII’s advances because she truly didn’t want to become a royal mistress? She meant no and expected him to move on to an easier conquest.
What do you think?
Claire | March 7, 2019
In 1533, King Henry VIII married his sweetheart Anne Boleyn, the woman he’d been pursuing for at least six years, and then had his marriage to his wife of nearly 24 years annulled – yes, he did it that way round! Some fiction would lead us to believe that this was all Anne Boleyn’s fault. […]
Claire | May 23, 2016
Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, for sharing her thoughts on Anne Boleyn’s position as “the other woman” and second wife. Divorce is highly distressing and stressful, especially when there is a third party involved. Sometimes couples come to the mutual decision that their marriage is at […]