Anne Boleyn

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Masculinity, Sex, and the Virgin Queen: Victorian Perceptions of Elizabeth I, Part 4

This blog post comes from a 2009 essay by Natalie Sweet Overwhelmingly, Victorian authors indicated that they believed “that a strong modern England was rendered possible mainly by the boldness, astuteness, and activity of Elizabeth at the critical turning-point of European history.”[1]  As Dobson and Watson have indicated, Victorians were willing to portray a stronger … Continue reading

Elizabeth I – Virgin by Jinx

For those with a love of Tudor history and and a passion for Harry Potter, it is fairly common knowledge that Anne Boleyn’s portrait can be found within the walls of Hogwarts. Obviously, Anne’s placement is a nod to accusations of witchcraft, a cheeky wink to the past. Serious fans of the books, however, point … Continue reading

Anne Boleyn vs. John Cheke

After a work- and sick baby – related hiatus, the Tudor Tournament returns this week with Anne Boleyn vs. John Cheke. Don’t forget, you can check on the status of your favorite contestant in the Tudor Tournament at http://challonge.com/tudortournament Anne Boleyn Date: Date disputed – May 19, 1536 Brief Blurb: Anne was the daughter of … Continue reading

This Day in History: January 29, 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Miscarriage

Warning: The following article contains sixteenth century medical descriptions concerning miscarriage that may be unsettling to some readers. Reader discretion is advised. Elizabeth I’s life might have turned out very differently if today’s events in 1536 had not occurred. For on January 29, 1536, Anne Boleyn miscarried what was thought to be a male child. … Continue reading

Up For Auction: 1602 Document with Elizabeth’s Signature

Up for auction at Skinner Auctions in Boston next month is a 1602 document signed by Elizabeth I. Truly, the signature is magnificent, as it fills almost as much of the page as the document itself. But why would Elizabeth have signed her name at such a scale? We cannot really be certain of the … Continue reading

Anne and Elizabeth: The Need of a Wet Nurse for Elizabeth

An excerpt from this note comes from the thesis “To Trust Man of that Nation”?: Degeneration, James FitzGerald, and Elizabethan Mercy in Ireland by Natalie Sweet Nursing one’s own infant was just not something that noblewomen did in the 16th century. Certainly, their less-wealthy sisters might have fed their own young, but status demanded a … Continue reading

Anne and Elizabeth: The Role of the Ladies Who Attended Anne

On August 19th, 1533, George Tayllour wrote to the Lady Lisle that, “The King and Queen are in good health and merry. On Thursday next they will come by water from Windsor to Westminster, and on Tuesday following to Greenwich, where the Queen intends to take her chamber.” (Letters and Papers, Henry VIII) The 19th … Continue reading

Anne and Elizabeth: Consulting the Stars for Elizabeth’s Birth

As September 1533 approached, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn expected that a prince would soon be born. Announcements of a prince’s arrival were drawn up ahead of time, but an extra “s” had to be added to Elizabeth’s birth announcement to proclaim the birth of a princess. Henry’s confidence was based on no less than … Continue reading

Anne and Elizabeth: “Playing Too Much the Queen” in the Victorian Era

On the Victorian stage, playwright W.G. Hole’s Elizabeth I voiced her fear that she “play[ed] too much the queen,” and demanded of her suitor,  “do you still hold me a woman?”[1]  Indeed, her question was one that many Victorians grappled with in the late nineteenth century.  While their fondness for bestowing Elizabeth with majesty and … Continue reading

Anne and Elizabeth: 17th Century Views

Just as in the Elizabethan era, opinions on Anne Boleyn in the seventeenth century were still heavily influenced by England’s religious climate and by opinions of Elizabeth I. After Elizabeth’s death, Englishmen largely welcomed the new Stuart monarchy. Many had secretly whispered that the Queen was too old, her court was too emasculated, and that … Continue reading

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