♔ “Although Elizabeth’s gender was a disappointment to Henry, the magnificent christening that had been planned still went ahead, and she was proclaimed Princess, the title to the heir of the throne. For the first three years of her life, Elizabeth occupied a central place in her father’s affections, and Henry proudly paraded his infant daughter around court. But following her mother’s execution in 1536, Elizabeth was declared a bastard, and Henry neglected his young daughter. Initially, Henry scarcely saw his daughter, but would communicate with her by messenger, and Elizabeth soon proved to be the kind of daughter of whom any father would be proud. It was Henry who filled Elizabeth’s world, and in 1542, there was a rapprochement between Henry and Elizabeth, which utterly wiped out whatever resentments she may have harboured after her own earlier treatment, or that of her mother. In 1544, Henry reinstated both his daughters to the succession, and basking in Henry’s attention, Elizabeth referred to her him as ‘matchless and most kind father’. The following January, Elizabeth lost the giant of a father whom she revered, and upon hearing the news of his death, she and her brother Edward threw themselves into each others arms, and wept uncontrollably.”
In 1534, Henry VIII declared that in the event of his death, Anne Boleyn would be regent and ‘absolute governess of her children and kingdom’.
Annes of England / Great Britain
1. Queen Anne Boleyn
2. Queen Anne Neville
3. Anne of Denmark / England
4. Anne Hyde Duchess of York
5. Queen Anne of Great Britain
6. Anne Princess Royal
It’s officially christmas eve in Norway - merry christmas to all my followers, thank you for sticking out with me! you lovely bunch of weirdoes, have a wonderful evening.
from my personal blog - merry xmas everyone!!!
my Anne Boleyn ring arrived at my bday (which is today - yup, I share birthday with Catherine of Aragon)! Isn’t it a beaut?
from my personal blog - you can get it (and other beautiful replicas of Anne’s jewelry) here. My favoruites are the ones from The Tudors Jewelry.
"Greensleeves" is a traditional English folk song and tune. There is a persistent belief that Greensleeves was composed by Henry VIII for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn.
Greensleeves was my heart of joy
Greensleeves was my delight,
Greensleeves was my heart of gold,
And who but my lady greensleeves.
Natalie Dormer retraces Anne’s steps in the Tower of London with historian Tom Stammers.
Natalie visits the apartments where Anne was imprisoned, sees Tudor grafitti, learns more about Anne’s behaviour, and visits St Peter ad Vincula to see the tile that marks Anne Boleyn’s burial spot. It is a moving video and it’s obvious that Natalie felt a real connection to Anne.
Each year a basket of red roses is delivered to the Tower by courier with instructions to lay it by Anne’s memorial tile on the 19th of May. The Chief Yeoman Warder says that it has been happening for longer than 19 years (the time he has been at the Tower) and another man working at the Tower says that it has been happening for at least 40 years. The Tower knows that it happens because of a bequest but that’s as far as anyone can get in solving the mystery of who sends them. No one knows who they’re from.
It’s nok likely that Anne ever thought that Elizabeth would be queen, as she knew and understood Henry VIII’s need for a son, but her submissive speech at her execution, which followed the usual and expected formula of execution speeches, speaks volumes of her love for her daughter, in that she wanted to protect her. Gone was the hot tempered, reckless woman who could so easily have used this last opportunity, this last public forum, to lash out at the King who had cast her aside and framed her, and in her place stood a mother who would do anything to protect her child.
It is easy for people to look at Elizabeth I, her reign and achievements, and say that she was her father’s daughter, but although she probably did not remember her mother and had many other powerful female influences in her life, I see her so clearly as Anne Boleyn’s daughter too. Her charm, her magnetism, her wit, her intelligence, and the way that she could wrap her advisers round her little finger, even when they were cross with her for procrastinating. Anne lived on, in Elizabeth.
As we know, Elizabeth inherited many things from her mother. Although she had the Tudor red hair, her coal black eyes and swarthy skin were inherited from her mother and some character traits Elizabeth got from Anne are tenacity, charisma, self-discipline, and also occasional cruelty and vindictiveness. However, the story of her mother’s life also deeply affected Elizabeth. Elizabeth learned from her mother’s example that she should never put her trust in displays of love, that she should “guard her reputation fiercely”, and that she should be as self-reliant as possible.
Anne had many qualities that would have made her a great queen, but she also had many flaws, “fatal flaws”, and it was by recognising both her qualities and flaws that Elizabeth was able to become the amazing Queen that she became.