The Spitefully Ambitious Anne Boleyn

| January 14, 2014

The Spitefully Ambitious Anne Boleyn

Earlier today, Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn, drew attention on her Facebook wall to a review of the RSC stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.1 The review by Morning Star includes the comment “Lydia Leonard’s spitefully ambitious Anne Boleyn – a wife who one feels […]

Was Anne Boleyn Nice?

| October 21, 2013

Was Anne Boleyn Nice?

My old English literature teacher would be appalled by that question, not because she had any strong opinion about Anne but because she hated the word “nice” with a vengeance. She viewed it as weak and inadequate, a word that just didn’t describe anything properly. However, this question is one I get asked on a […]

Did Anne Boleyn Change History?

| February 17, 2011

Did Anne Boleyn Change History?

Anne Boleyn has fascinated the masses for close to five hundred years. In her short life, she captured the heart of a king, helped to bring about great religious reform, and died an innocent woman, the victim of the charms that gave her the key to the crown in the first place. Even today she […]

And if any person will meddle…

| February 17, 2011

And if any person will meddle…

“And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best” – Anne Boleyn Through the time Anne has been mentioned by people, kings, queens, historians, kids and movies. What this entire people have in common? The doubt. Anne absolutely is a source of questions that maybe will never be […]

Anne Boleyn Day Competition Winner!

| May 19, 2009

Anne Boleyn Day Competition Winner!

As many of you know, here at The Anne Boleyn Files we have been running a competition to commemorate the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution on May 19 1536. I received 8 entries in all and it was really difficult to decide on one winner but both judges separately and unanimously picked the following article […]