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Can We Really Know Anyone – Guest Article by Clare Cherry

| November 23, 2012

Can We Really Know Anyone – Guest Article by Clare Cherry

There is an enormous diversity of opinion when it comes to the characters of historical people. We take extant records, written nearly five-hundred years ago, often by those with a grudge, and try to establish what someone was like from sources which are often highly biased and prejudiced. Our opinions are sometimes formed by a […]

How Have Perceptions and Images of Anne Boleyn Changed Throughout History?

| August 12, 2011

How Have Perceptions and Images of Anne Boleyn Changed Throughout History?

I keep receiving emails regarding this question so I’m wondering if it’s an essay question in a history course! It is an interesting question and has really got me thinking. It is also something that I know author Susan Bordo is addressing in her next book, working title “The Creation of Anne Boleyn” – see […]

Spoof – The Boleyns of Hever

| April 14, 2011

Spoof – The Boleyns of Hever

Today, I’m pleased to say, we have another spoof article from our anonymous spoof writer. Enjoy! Thomas Boleyn was having a fraught conversation with his brother-in-law, Thomas Howard, about the best way of putting into the King’s head the idea of fancying a woman without him knowing the thought was being put into his head. […]

Anne Boleyn in Fiction and on TV

| April 13, 2011

Here is a list of articles related to depictions of Anne Boleyn in fiction, on the stage and on TV:- Anne Boleyn and The Other Boleyn Girl The Sexualization of Anne Boleyn Anne Boleyn: The Enchanments of Romance The Anne Boleyn Cult The Tudors Episode Guide Interview with Writer of Fallen in Love: The Secret […]

An Homage to Historical Fiction – A Boleyn Spoof

| March 25, 2011

An Homage to Historical Fiction – A Boleyn Spoof

As we have been discussing representations of Anne Boleyn and also discussing historical fiction recently, one Anne Boleyn Files visitor wrote the following spoof featuring Anne and her brother, George, and poking fun at some of what has been written about them or seen on TV. Please share your thoughts on it. A Boleyn Spoof […]

Anne Boleyn – All Things to All People

| March 25, 2011

Anne Boleyn – All Things to All People

It’s Friday, my brain is fried and I’ve gone all philosophical and “deep” – sorry! I apologise in advance for this article as it will be a load of thoughts gushing out of my poor mushy brain, it will ramble and may not make sense! This article was sparked off by a comment on Facebook […]

The Imagined Face of Anne Boleyn

| February 17, 2011

The Imagined Face of Anne Boleyn

When considering a historical figure’s impact, we customarily look toward large, sweeping changes and try to sort out that person’s special role. Thanks to the painstaking work of Tudor historians, it is now certain that Anne Boleyn was a major catalyst for the cause of religious Reformation in England, that she helped introduce a new […]

Is There a Problem Looking at History with our 21st Century Eyes and Hindsight?

| February 16, 2011

Is There a Problem Looking at History with our 21st Century Eyes and Hindsight?

This is one of those questions that I wake up with in the middle of the night and then that niggle me and just won’t let go. I try so hard to be balanced and objective but I think that we all find it impossible to look at past events and historical characters without our […]

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