I am thinking "Quixotic Queen, Rebellious Reformer or Homewrecking Hussy: The Nature of Anne's Boleyn Influence on King and Christianity in Tudor England" as a title for my paper. Any thoughts?
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I recently gave a paper at Phi Alpha Theta regional research conference. During my commentary I was asked about Anne's character. Was she too sexual for the time period? Did she indeed destroy the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine? Well lets just say I was more than prepared for these questions; Anne's character and intentions have been distorted, stretched and even lied about for centuries. Was she overly sexual? Probably. She was a beautiful woman who obviously used her looks to further her own ambitions. Is that a crime? NO! And many of her intentions were very honorable, she was a woman who understood the Evangelical need for a closer connection to God and used her feminine wiles to present the reformist cause. Quite effectively, I might add. The marriage of Henry and Catherine was unstable at best. He had countless bastard children and treated Catherine with respect, not love. Whatever infatuation he had with her was long dead as he was faced with his own mortality and the prospect of the ending Tudor dynasty. "The Other Boleyn Girl" and other Hollywood imagery of Anne is false. Take the time to know her, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
In the Spring of 1536, Henry VIII began to have Anne investigated on suspicion of incest, regicide and infidelity. All crimes were considered high treason. Anne knew she was being investigated and must have felt a sense of impending demise.