Anne is included in this, obviously.
All Anne lovers! Buy The April version of the BBC History magazine. It’s a Tudor special, with a big article on our beloved Queen.
So sorry guys, I have my exam in modern history in about a month, so I spend all my time reading these days. But I will get back, I promise. Don’t unfollow - I will return. Love you lots, you wonderful Anne fans.
oh hi, thank you <3 X.
Info comes mainly from books, but pics etc, I find from the good ol’ web, and sometimes my source for info is the web, but only if it originally comes from a more valid source (like a book from a respected historian, ++). I don’t know honestly, it comes from here and there, and I doublecheck to see if the info is anywhere else as well, and if it is, it’s more reliable. Not sure how many bios I’ve read…. Have too many books on the Tudors, Anne, and Henry to name them all here. My favourite is Eric Ives’ bio on Anne though - I deeply reccomend it! Now, other women: Elizabeth I (surprise), Georgiana Cavendish, Josephine Baker, Emma Goldman, Lucrezia Borgia, and many more I can’t think of right now! I understand your love for the last Duchess of Lancaster, awesome indeed. X.
not relevant at ALL for historical facts, haha, but this is like my two fandoms collide, so I had to.
If you get it, I love you a bit.
Sometimes it’s a bit hard finding out what to post, or what to look for really. So if any of you have something specific you wonder about Anne, or want me to post, or anything really (or something you feel is missing), feel free to message me. X.
Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and an amazing New Years Eve.
Thanks for following and for being a faithful fan of Anne. You know, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing, and a second time, when somebody says your name for the last time.
So Anne is kept alive by us, us who will never stop finding her life and persona interesting, who love her, and who will make sure generations to come will know of the one and only Anne Boleyn as well.
This way, we all make Anne immortal.
So, Henry VIII, want the truth about him?
He did not look like Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Glad that’s settled. But in his youth, he was a very handsome man (at least for his time). His mother died when he was still young (she died while giving birth to a child that died, 1503), and he grew up only with a strict father, two sisters and one brother. When Arthur died young of tuberculosis (which had already killed Henry VII), Henry was crowned king at a very young age (at the age of 10 he was the new heir, and when he came of age, he was crowned). He was 1.85 meter (in other means; very tall for the Tudor age, when average height was 1.68) and slim, a lot of muscles on him as well. He grew up with people telling him he was one of the most powerful people on earth (which he in many ways was), but in a way, Henry saw himself as a god.
He got malaria when he was in his 20s, which stayed in his body his entire life, and this made him paranoid of diseases. In the end, malaria was also one of the many reasons that he in the end died - his body was very weak in his last days. But he was in many years considered a good king. But one of the most important happenings in his life is actually not the reformation and his marriage to Anne - it is a jousting accident which happened while Anne was pregnant with their second child (when Anne found out about the accident, she miscarried, and the son she bore died). Henry was crushed under his horse and armour, which weighed about 750 kilos. His head was so damaged, he lost consciousness for two hours. His legs, whom he already had a lot of trouble with, now also had open wounds. This happened around 1536, the same year Anne was executed. When Henry woke up, his personality was quite changed, and scientist believe this to be of a medical reason. The part of his head that was mostly damaged, was the part where the personality lies, so this can actually be the reason why Henry changed so much in his later years - not just in personality, but also in body shape. He was now not capable of being athletic, and the wounds on his legs remained as good as open till the day he died (28. January, 1547). He gained a lot of weight, and ate around 5000 calories a day, and also got diabetes type 2. He also started showing no mercy to people who had been close to him (there’s Anne of course, but also Cromwell, Catherine Howard, and many more), and under Henry, as many as 70 000 people were executed. He was angry and depressed most of the time, and only wanted to be alone. He became obese, and his wounds now smelled like rotten meat. Right before Christmas 1546, he sent away Catherine Parr, Elizabeth, Edward, and Mary, and demanded to be alone - he knew death was close. When he died in 1547, he weighed 170 kilos, and there are rumours that his body literally exploded in it’s coffin. For a man that used to be so obsessed with the way he looked and to be a great king, this was in many ways what he feared - to be laughed at before and also after his death. Honour was everything to Henry, and he died extremely lonesome and sad.
Yes, he killed many people. One of them was my heroine Anne. Yes, he could have been a greater king in so many ways. But I feel most pity for him - in his eyes, it was his job to sort out who should live and who shouldn’t. The value of human beings were very different at this time, and Henry was above all a very depressed man, who had lost faith in everyone and everything. I see him as a very misunderstood man, and he did many horrible things, but he was most of the time loved by his people, and made England a strong country.
So in the end, I hate Henry VIII as much as I love him.
Positivity is good, always. And thank you so much - she is my heroine, I just love her. She wasn’t perfect, but of all illusions human beings have made, perfection must be the worst (and the biggest illusion as well). She was fierce as fuck, and I love to see that other people see that as well, so thank YOU. X.