Closeup of the grave marker of Anne Boleyn in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, with flowers resting on it. To the right, obscured by the altar and someone’s feet, is the marker for her cousin, Katherine Howard.
Divorced, beheaded, died,
Divorced, beheaded, survived
Six Wives Network
The Six Wives Network will be a place for people fascinated not only by the six wives of Henry VIII, but also for those who love the Tudor Dynasty.
What will we do?
- Meet new friends (and hopefully all follow each other)
- Talk about Henry’s wives
- Talk about the Tudor Dynasty
- Help each other with polls & promos
How do I get in?
What am I looking for?
- Friendly people that love one or more of Henry VIII’s wives!
Inside the Body of Henry VIII
An interesting documentary about Henry’s health throughout his reign.
The most tenacious historical inaccuracy, actually, has not been in depictions of Anne, but of Katherine. She - unlike Anne - was indeed golden-haired. But she was Spanish, and our stunted racial imagination has therefore almost invariably given her dark hair (Irene Papa in Anne of the Thousand Days, Maria Doyle Kennedy in the Tudors, Ana Torrent in The Other Boleyn Girl - the outstanding exception: Annette Crosbie’s Katherine in the 1970 BBC production of The Six Wives Of Henry VIII).
Racial stereotyping, it seems, trumps gender ideology. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that racial profiling collaborates creatively with gender ideology.
“Our” Anne-the-seductress, still wearing the collective imprinting of Sander, is raven-haired. But since she has morphed into a great beauty, too, we’ve rejected the historical consensus (from sympathizers as well as detractors) that her skin was “not so whitely as desired.” Surely that better describes Katherine, the unglamorous Spanish discard! So Anne becomes Snow White in coloring, while Spanish Katherine, who was, in fact, the fairer skinned of the two, becomes the “swarthy” wife.
The bottom line: Fantasy, not fact, rules in the cultural imagination."
Reblog if your favourite Tudor queen was Anne Boleyn! I am curious to see the levels of interest in the different Tudor queens. I would like to try this experiment with all of the queens during the Tudor era.
If your favourite is another queen, click links below:
On 24th January, Henry had been involved in a very bad jousting accident in which he ‘fell so heavily that everyone thought it was a miracle he was not killed’ (Hall).
Anne’s uncle, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, told her about this. ‘Did he perhaps tell her that Henry was dead? It would have been the kind of crass lack of concern for a pregnant woman that was typical of Thomas Howard. Whatever he said, it was clearly too much of a shock’ (J. Denny, Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England’s Tragic Queen).
Five days later, on 29th January, Anne collapsed and miscarried ‘a child who had the appearance of a male about three months and a half old’. (Letters and Papers, Hall).
It is claimed that Anne blamed Henry for this as she was already in distress due to catching him with another woman. She claimed that ‘because the love I bear you is much greater and more fervent than Katherine’s, my heart broke when I saw that you loved others’ (Friedmann, Letters and Papers).
The events of this day are often seen as the beginning of the end for Anne - not only the loss of a child, but the loss of her chance to save herself and avoid the downfall which followed.
(Note: there is no mention in contemporary reports of any deformity to the child, unlike later biographies and modern cinema might have you believe).
So today I got one of my university essays back (looking at the ‘Glorious Revolution’ 1688/89 - nothing to do with the Tudors), and I got 75!
70+ is a First, and out of my class of 34, only 4 people got a First. Soooooooo happy (and I sat through the rest of the lecture thinking oh yeah, I’m like one of the best in here, I rule)!