ine-vest:

"The Tudors" by GJ Meyer is fantastic! I’m completely hooked - all history geeks should read it. I’m always critical when it comes to books on my beloved dynasty, but this one I truly love.

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boullan:

This linen bedcover with lacework was said to have been worked by Anne Boleyn.

boullan:

This linen bedcover with lacework was said to have been worked by Anne Boleyn.

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queenwydville:

History Meme || {7/-} The Mother & Daughter 
Queen Anne Boleyn + Queen Elizabeth Tudor

Elizabeth shall be a greater queen than any king of yours! She shall rule a greater England than you could ever have built! Yes, my Elizabeth shall be Queen, and my blood will have been well spent.

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vivienne-von-sprockets:

Royal Graves ~ The six Wives of Henry VIII

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Natalie Dormer to Michael Hirst (creator of The Tudors):
"By the end of the season, when I’m standing on that scaffold, I hope you write it the way it should be. And I want the effect of that scene to remain with the viewers for the length of the series. I want the audience to be standing with her on that scaffold. I want those who have judged her harshly to change their allegiance so they actually love her and empathize with her."
- from The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo

I feel like I owe a lot to Dormer due to her Anne (and how many who became Anne fans after The Tudors, historical inaccuracy or not)

Natalie Dormer to Michael Hirst (creator of The Tudors):

"By the end of the season, when I’m standing on that scaffold, I hope you write it the way it should be. And I want the effect of that scene to remain with the viewers for the length of the series. I want the audience to be standing with her on that scaffold. I want those who have judged her harshly to change their allegiance so they actually love her and empathize with her."

- from The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo

I feel like I owe a lot to Dormer due to her Anne (and how many who became Anne fans after The Tudors, historical inaccuracy or not)

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matterofawesome:

Tudor underwear

relevant

matterofawesome:

Tudor underwear

relevant

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Anne Boleyn: The Moost Happi 

lissabryan:

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What did Anne Boleyn mean when she called herself “The Moost Happi?”

Did she mean it as an arrogant jab at her enemies, as some writers have asserted? Was she expressing her joy in the most triumphant moment of her life? Or could it possibly have had another meaning that’s somewhat lost on modern people?

imageThe concept of personal happiness has changed dramatically over the centuries. We define “happiness” as an emotional state - the pleasurable feeling we have when we’re with the person we love, or living in a time when things are going well with our jobs and relationships, a state of self-actualization and fulfillment. Today, we expect to be happy in life.We think something is amiss with our life if we’re not happy and seek to repair it.

In Anne’s time, people did not expect to have a “happy” life, as we would think of it. The world was seen as the “Vale of Tears,” in which one could expect grief, strife, and suffering as one resisted the temptations to sin and tried to survive the onslaughts of the devil. Life was about duty and obedience to one’s family and the Church. Happiness - as we define it - would come in Heaven for those who lived a virtuous life here on earth. Only the foolish and sinful sought a life of pleasure and personal indulgence.

According to Aquinas, real happiness on this earth was impossible to achieve because the world itself was a flawed, sinful place:

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It is impossible for any created good to constitute man’s happiness. For happiness is that perfect good which entirely satisfies one’s desire; otherwise it would not be the ultimate end, if something yet remained to be desired. … Hence it is evident that nothing can satisfy man’s will, except what is universally good. This is to be found, not in any creature, but in God alone, because every creature has only participated goodness. … Therefore, God alone constitutes man’s happiness.”
—Summa Theologica Part 2. Q.1. Article 8



This is quite close to the earlier views of Aristotle that “Happiness is a life lived according to virtue.” 
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To the Tudors, “happiness" meant good fortune. Indeed, our word "happy" comes from the old Norse word, "hap" meaning luck. We retain some of that original meaning in the words "happenstance" and in phrasing like, "would happen to occur …

In Christian teachings of the day, good fortune was bestowed by God on worthy persons. By saying she was the “Moost Happi" Anne was saying she was "the most blessed," raised to this position by God. The meaning of the motto on the medal was actually more humble than it appears today.

The portrait medal itself was created for a specific reason, intended to be issued once the king’s long-desired heir was born. The prince never came, and so the medal was never issued. We only have the badly-damaged prototype. Anne was not the “Moost Happi" after all.

Was Anne happy as we would think of it? Perhaps. We cannot know for certain of her personal feelings on the events of her life. Like most royals of the age, every moment of Anne’s life was watched, and so she had to guard her words and actions, knowing they could be used against her by her enemies. (And, indeed, they eventually were.) Little record of her personal feelings survive, except for the times she lost her temper, and so Anne is sometimes interpreted as being a termagant.

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Anne’s family life might have caused her sorrow. Except for her brother George, she doesn’t appear to have had a close relationship with her family. She had to send her sister, Mary, from the court when she married without the family’s permission. We know that Anne sent Mary gifts after her disgrace, so there may have been fondness between the sisters.

It’s said by some that Anne and her mother were close, but there’s no real documentary evidence for it, like there is with Anne’s brother. Anne’s relationships with her aunts appear to have been indifferent or acrimonious. (Lady Shelton and Lady Boleyn were chosen to serve Anne in the Tower after her arrest, and Anne complained she had been surrounded by those she “never loved.”) Despite whatever her personal feelings may have been, Anne did her duty in trying to advance her family during her relationship with the king.

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When Anne had Henry’s favor, she had the most potential for personal happiness. She lived in the most comfortable conditions for the time. Her clothing was of the finest materials, and her food was the best procurable. Her rooms always had a fire and charcoal braziers to heat them in the winter, and in the summer, she could move out of the stifling, reeking city for the cooler countryside. She had the most skilled medical care available. Henry indulged her every whim, and she was surrounded by her friends. She had pets and fools to entertain her.

Was it lonely at the top? We cannot know. Anne likely had a great deal of fun at the peak of her popularity, dancing and feasting at the court. But she was also under a great deal of pressure to always “perform,” to be charming, witty, and graceful. Was that stressful for Anne?

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After her marriage to the king, Anne’s status changed in more ways than one. Henry now expected her to be a submissive wife. No longer could they argue and Anne threaten to leave court and go home to Hever. Henry’s retorts to her took on a cruel and derisive tone. “You will shut your eyes as your betters have done,” he told her once when she complained of his favor to another young lady of the court.

Anne was expected to produce an heir, fast. When the baby she was carrying at her coronation proved to be a girl, Henry began to lose his faith that their union had been charmed and especially blessed by God.

Any personal happiness she had in her marriage was likely short-lived.


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For Anne Boleyn Fans 

workinghistory:

I’ve been listening to a new album by an artist that I absolutely adore. Karliene Reynolds. She’s a remarkable singer who has done some great pieces, one of them being “You Win or You Die”, putting words to the Game of Thrones Lyrics.

She’s come out with a new album called “The Ballad of Anne Boleyn”.

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It’s very beautiful and takes very Celtic sounding music to create original pieces that go through the life of Anne Boleyn. She’s very dedicated and extremely talented.

If you are a fan of Anne Boleyn or Celtic music, I highly recommend this. It’s only five songs, but worth it. I think my favorite being “Born to Be Your Queen”.

Here is the link to her youtube page, specifically the album trailer. Take a look, see if this is for you!

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ine-vest:

Has anyone here read “The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty” by G.J. Meyer? Just bought it, finally a book on the Tudors I haven’t read - if you’ve read it, is it any good? 

from my personal blog - anyone here who’s read it?

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Anne Boleyn’s Pets 

lissabryan:

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Pourquoi was Anne Boleyn’s lapdog. Some sources claim he was a Havanese, a dog breed that originated in Cuba, closely related to the Bichon. Havanese dogs are known to have a charming habit of tilting their heads in an inquisitive fashion, which may have been the root of Pourquoi name: For What? in French. The name is most commonly rendered in English as “Purkoy,” a phonetic spelling which was also used in Old French.

Pourquoi was given to Anne by Honor, Lady Lisle. Honor was a very ambitious woman who strove to advance her family by cultivating a close relationship with the queen. She was born Honor Grenville and her second husband was Arthur Plantagenet, the bastard son of King Edward IV. (Arthur was Henry VIII’s uncle, half-brother of Henry’s mother, Elizabeth of York.) Honor traveled with Anne on that momentous visit to Calais in 1532, and remained behind in the city when her husband was appointed governor. Honor kept up with the comings and goings of the court through letters to her family and friends, 3,000 of which are preserved in the National Archives as the Lisle Letters. They form an incredible archive of information about the royal court.

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Pourquoi is mentioned in the letters by John Husee in the winter of 1533. He requests Lady Lisle send her dog “Purquoy” to him, because Lord Francis Bryan is asking about him two or three times a day. Did Bryan and the Lisles think Anne would like Pourquoi? The king had recently been given one of their spaniels via a friend. Henry Norris wrote to the Lisles to tell them the king had personally thanked them, a pretty big deal when you consider the dozens of gifts a king got every day; mentioning one of them and the giver by name was thrill. And so perhaps they thought gifting a dog to the queen would be equally as efficacious in getting her attention.

Francis Bryan took Pourquoi to court, and Anne Boleyn seems to have fallen in instant love with the dog. Bryan reported the dog hadn’t been in his hands for more than an hour when the queen took it from him, and she sent the Lisles her “hearty thanks” for the dog.

imageBut if Lady Lisle thought this gift would lead to the long hoped-for appointments for her daughters at court, she was sadly disappointed. She sent the queen gifts of live quail, a cage with a songbird from her own chamber. Her agent wrote to tell Lady Lisle the bird did not cease to give Anne “rejoicing” from its pleasant songs, which should be a comfort to Lady Lisle. But the “comfort” Lady Lisle sought was not on offer: Anne had no places open for the Plantagenet girls in her retinue. It wasn’t until the reign of Jane Seymour that Lady Lisle got her wish.

imagePourquoi would have had a diet of bread, which people of the Tudor age thought would keep a dog gentle and discourage his hunting instincts. Daily, he would have been perfumed and brushed, or had his fur rubbed with a “hair cloth” to remove any stray fur that could adhere to his mistress’s fine gowns.

Sadly, Pourquoi died in December, 1534. Margery Horseman, one of Anne’s ladies, wrote to the Lisles that the dog had “fallen from a window” and her ladies were so afraid of Anne’s reaction, they asked the king to break the news to her.

As usual, Ambassador Chapuys is gleeful in reporting any misfortune that comes Anne’s way in his letters to the Emperor. He makes a callous joke of it later, saying that news of a military disappointment for one of their allies made the king and queen look like dogs that had fallen from a window. Some have taken this to indicate Chapuys may have had something to do with the dog’s “accident” but I think it’s unlikely.
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The Lisles discussed the possibility of getting Anne another dog, but were told Anne did not want one. It doesn’t appear Anne ever replaced Pourquoi. As any dog-lover knows, a beloved pet can’t be “replaced” in your heart. Perhaps, Anne felt the same way.

The Lisles cast about for ideas and proposed getting Anne a monkey, but were told Anne could not abide the sight of the beasts. Some writers have speculated Anne disliked monkeys because they were imported from Katharine of Aragon’s native country, Spain, but perhaps she simply didn’t care for them regardless of their origin.

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Anne had another dog, a hunting greyhound named Urian, given to her  in 1532 by William Brereton. Brereton had named the dog after his older brother before giving it to the queen. Later writers believed “Urian” was a Satanic name, tying it in with the spurious posthumous claims Anne had been charged with witchcraft. But “Urian” was a common name of the time, with no evil connotations.

Urian was involved in an unfortunate incident during Anne’s last progress. Urian escaped his handlers and, along with another dog, ripped out the throat of a cow grazing nearby. The king’s accounts record reimbursement for the cow’s owner. One imagines Anne didn’t do much cuddling of that particular dog!

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Henry had passed an ordinance in 1526 that the only dogs allowed at court were ladies’ lapdogs. So many dogs were at court that their waste was becoming a real nuisance. Part of the problem was pets sometimes weren’t housebroken - a servant cleaned up after them. But if a servant didn’t see the mess before someone stepped in it… With hundreds of dogs in the palace, “accidents” could quickly become a real problem. Smaller dogs were easier to deal with.

Only nobles were allowed to have large dogs, so owning a greyhound, mastiff, or a wolfhound was a symbol of status. A commoner with a large dog was assumed to be poaching large game. There was a hoop in each district, and a dog belonging to a commoner had to be small enough to fit through the hoop.

Some courtiers could obtain special permission to keep their large dogs at court, but they had to be housed in the kennels to keep the palace “sweet, wholesome, clean and well furnished, as to a prince’s house and state doth appertain.”

Henry himself kept spaniels, beagles and hunting greyhounds. His fool, Patch, is recorded as sleeping among the spaniels in the king’s chamber. His greyhounds wore iron collars, some with toretts (spikes) on them. Sixty-five dog leashes were inventoried as being among the king’s possessions when he died.

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Henry’s two favorite dogs, Cut and Ball, kept getting lost. Fortunately, Henry’s lapdogs wore collars of velvet and kid leather with gold and silver Tudor rose and portcullis emblems on them, so the dogs could be instantly identified as belonging to the king. The king’s accounts show payments of rewards to people who found them and returned them to the palace. They were given the large sum of fifteen shillings, which was the equivalent of a couple of hundred pounds today.

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The Most Happy




Anne, born between 1499 and 1509, was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn (previously Howard), and married Henry VIII in 1533. Their marriage would result in the Queen to be, Elizabeth I, and the beginning of the English Reformation. Anne was charged with incest, witchcraft, and adultery (but if you know your history, you know that the real reason for her death was that she and Henry never had a son), and she was executed on the 19th of May, 1536.

This site is made to celebrate Anne's life and persona, and to give you as historically correct facts as possible, and also quotes, portraits, etc. Enjoy, and feel free to ask me anything!

Long Live Queen Anne. X.