H.A. Love Letters  [3/-] » Letter from Henry to Anne, June 16th 1528

There came to me suddenly
in the night the most afflict-
ing news that could have arrived.
The first, to hear of the sickness of
my mistress, whom I esteem more
than all the world, and whose health
I desire as I do my own, so that I
would gladly bear half your illness to
make you well. The second, from the
fear that I have of being still longer
harassed by my enemy. Absence,
much longer, who has hitherto given
me all possible uneasiness, and as far
as I can judge is determined to spite
me more because I pray God to rid
me of this troublesome tormentor.
The third, because the physician in
whom I have most confidence, is ab-
sent at the very time when he might
do me the greatest pleasure; for I
should hope, by him and his means,
to obtain one of my chief joys on
earth — that is the care of my mis-
tress — yet for want of him I send you
my second, and hope that he will
soon make you well. I shall then love
him more than ever. I beseech you
to be guided by his advice in your
illness. In so doing I hope soon to see
you again, which will be to me a
greater comfort than all the precious
jewels in the world.

Written by that secretary, who is,
and for ever will be, your loyal and
most assui’ed Servant,

H. (A B) R.

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Anne Boleyn’s Gold Book. Anne Boleyn purportedly handed this miniature book of psalms, which contain a portrait of Henry VIII, to one of her maids of honour when on the scaffold in 1536.
This precious manuscript is owned by The British Library.


Anne Boleyn’s Gold Book.
Anne Boleyn purportedly handed this miniature book of psalms, which contain a portrait of Henry VIII, to one of her maids of honour when on the scaffold in 1536.

This precious manuscript is owned by The British Library.

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Everything Wrong with Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl

It’s no secret that most Anne Boleyn fans (and, for that matter, Tudor history fans) have serious issues with Philippa Gregory and her historical fiction novels. The biggest reason for this being that Gregory is almost single-handedly responsible for perpetuating and reinforcing Anne Boleyn’s image as a scheming “bad girl” into the twenty-first century. This image is nothing new - it began with Anne’s own contemporaries (most notably the imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys.) This image is problematic, however, because it is based mostly on concocted fictions. So, rather than bashing Gregory’s historical and literary ineptitude (and trust me, I’d love to), I’ll just stick to providing a list of major problems with one of her more famous novels, The Other Boleyn Girl.

The Book:

  • There is no evidence that Anne Boleyn stole Henry VIII from her sister, Mary Boleyn. The king’s affair with Mary ended long before he began to pursue Anne.
  • There is no evidence that Anne had sex with her brother, George Boleyn, in order to conceive a child. Although Anne and George were found guilty of incest in 1536, the evidence used at their trial has been almost universally discounted as faulty and invented.
  • It is unlikely that Mary’s two children - Catherine and Henry Carey - were the king’s offspring. Henry was born after the affair is believed to have ended. Also, it is likely that - had the children been his - the king would have recognized them publicly. At the time, Henry VIII was becoming increasingly dissatisfied with his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Any proof that he could conceive a child with another woman would have been further damning evidence against his marriage to the queen. The king did not, however, recognize Mary’s children, as he had with Bessie Blount’s son, Henry Fitzroy.
  • There is no evidence that George Boleyn and Jane Parker had an unhappy marriage, or that he was homosexual.
  • Mary Boleyn was not the innocent, virginal sister. We have no evidence of Anne’s supposed sexual escapades in France, but there were rumors that Mary may have had an affair with Francis I.
  • There is no evidence that Anne gave birth to a deformed fetus. Although historian Retha Warnicke argues that this is true, the only source that states this is Nicolas Sander, who was not even alive in 1536. No contemporary source reported that the baby was deformed - despite many reasons for doing so. Ambassador Chapuys, who was very observant of everything to do with the king’s “concubine,” didn’t state that Anne’s miscarriage was abnormal. Most of all, Thomas Cromwell and the king (who, months later, were building a case against Anne), did not mention it. Considering sixteenth-century belief on pregnancy (in which the mother was usually blamed for problems with conception), this bit of evidence would have helped seal Anne’s fate.
  • There is no evidence of any rivalry between the Boleyn sisters. There is also no evidence of a planned conspiracy by the Boleyn family to make either of the sisters the king’s mistress.
The Movie:
  • There is no evidence (and it is extremely unlikely) that Henry VIII raped Anne Boleyn.
  • Mary Boleyn did not raise Princess Elizabeth after Anne’s death.
  • Henry and Anne’s marriage did not turn sour after she gave birth to a girl in 1533. There are many reports that the two were affectionate and still very much in love throughout most of their marriage.
  • Anne was not exiled to France after attempting to marry Henry Percy. She served at the French court from a young age, and only met Percy after returning to England in the 1520s.


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BBC - History - British History in depth: The Myth of the Renaissance in Europe 

An short and well-written text on the age Anne lived in

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♔ “When Anne Boleyn had last landed at the Tower, it was in triumph, upon the eve of her coronation. Now she was brought here a prisoner, an accused traitor, almost certainly to suffer, and to die. Sir William Kinston’s first letter describes how Anne wept, then fell into a great laughing; this was to be the pattern. Anne’s hysteria as she entered the Tower was caused by her realising the full extent of what was happening to her. She knew that real justice was unlikely. And in her terror, she did start to talk. We can see from Anne’s speech to Kingston that was stricken with anxiety, but more for others than herself. These words, spoken by a desperate and frightened woman, would prove to be as valuable to Cromwell as Smeaton’s agony on the rack.” 

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"It is difficult to traduce Anne both for promiscuity before and promiscuity after marriage; if she had always been as lecherous as some conservatives wanted to believe, Henry was more stupid that wronged." — Eric Ives in The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn on certain idiotic accounts of Anne’s alleged promiscuity (via khylieesi)

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


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

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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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Royal Graves ~ The six Wives of Henry VIII

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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.