History Of Anne Boleyn

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Betsy Burnett 5/2/14 THEA 212 Off with her head! Queen Anne: A History For centuries the story of Anne Boleyn and her involvement in other stories has been told time and time again. Even in today’s society with shows like the Tudors and movies like The Other Boleyn Girl, Anne Boleyn’s story is popular. Back when she was still alive and sitting on the throne, many writers and playwrights of her time enjoyed including her as a character in their play, story, or even wrote biographies of her life thus far. An opera titled Anna Bolena written by Gaetano Donizetti is one such show written in 1830 and was about Anne’s life with her husband, King Henry VIII. Another play, A Glass of Water, was written in 1842 by Eugene Scribe who was a French dramatist who was known for perfecting the “well-made play”. But what is the true story of Anne Boleyn? Her story has been told over and over, but are any of them the true story? There were certainly many facts about her life that throughout retellings in history have been twisted or changed. Anne Boleyn’s early life was like any other of the upper middle class. Anne was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, a member of the Privy Council and an important diplomat who served his king, and Lady Elizabeth Howard. She had two sibling, an older sister Mary, and their younger brother George Boleyn. Anne's early education was typical for women of her class. In 1513 Anne was invited to join the schoolroom of Margaret Archduchess of Austria and her four wards. Her academic education was limited to arithmetic, her family genealogy, grammar, history, reading, spelling, and writing. She developed domestic skills such as dancing, embroidery, good manners, household management, music, needlework, and singing. Anne le... ... middle of paper ... ... of Anne, began opening and shutting it. Anne responded by ripping off the locket with such force that her fingers bled. Anne soon miscarried once again. A few different stories were rumored as to why it happened. Some say it was because Henry had fallen off his horse during a tournament and the stress led her to miscarry a few days later. Others suspect it was because she saw Jane sitting on Henry’s lap and the feelings of anger and jealousy forced her body to miscarry. On the day that Catherine of Aragon was buried at Peterborough Abbey, Anne miscarried a baby which, according to the imperial ambassador Chapuys, she had borne for about three and a half months, and which "seemed to be a male child". (Starkey. 552-53.) As she recovered from her miscarriage, Henry claimed that he had been tricked into the marriage through deception. Jane was moved into royal quarters.

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