Re: Anne Boleyn
- From: Renia <renia@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 03:16:44 +0300
I had a few questions about Anne Boleyn after recently reading a
biography about her. Most of these questions require an opinion:
1) Did Henry VIII really pursue a reluctant Anne, or was she scheming
to be queen from the beginning?
To some extent, this depends on the novelist's or historian's analysis of events. My own thoughts are that she did not scheme to be queen. Her sister Mary had already been one of Henry's conquests, a position not easily avoided. Anne was in love with someone else and tried to avoid her sister's situation by asking Henry for the impossible. Marriage. I think she thought that would be enough to fob Henry off until he looked elsewhere for a mistress, because until Katherine of Aragon died, there was no way marriage was a possibility. But she hadn't reckoned on the sheer force of Henry's will and the good excuse she had come up with for him to break with Rome. Anne was in a no-win situation.
2) I have read that Elizabeth I only mentioned Anne's name thrice in
her recorded life. When and what did she say?
Can't remember, but I seem to remember she only ever referred to her mother once.
3) Is there any chance that Anne was really guilty of the adultery that
she lost her head for?
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