On 19 May 1536, Anne Boleyn was beheaded at Tower Green She left behind her 3 year old daughter, Elizabeth I, who was declared a bastard (illegitimate child) like her elder half-sister, Mary I. For centuries, and even during her lifetime, she has been either a beloved or hated figure. I, for one, remembered her portrayed as a wicked woman and yet a doting mother. While I spent many years in my pre-teens trying to learn as much as I could about Elizabeth I, it wasn’t until my late teenage / early adult years when I suddenly developed an interest for her mysterious mother. One of the first books I read about Anne Boleyn was called the Queen Consorts of England by Petronelle Cook at age 14. Of course, the short chapter on her was not enough for me so I started hunting for as many books as I could, be it fictional or non-fictional. Once I develop an interest in a royal figure, I become fiercely loyal to them. I hate it when people to believe or spread lies and rumours. You can not know how upset I was when I saw The Other Boleyn Girl. It was very clearly fictional (based on Philippa Gregory’s novel by the same name) but those who knew nothing about Anne Boleyn started to think that she was like Natalie Portman’s AB. Please. She died peacefully and courageously.
Just for fun, this is the 1st of my royalty & me series, where I’ll mention some facts about how I feel connected to each royal figure.
- I have part of her name in mine.
- Anne & I both have dark hair & eyes “as black as onyx”, although I’m quite certain mine is the darkest.
- We are TCKS (Third Culture Kids). We spent much of our childhood and teen years living abroad, she in The Netherlands and France, I in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
- We both have one brother.
- We can be hot tempered.
- I visited the site of her execution and her burial place in 2000 and 2008.
- Every year on 19 May, I try to watch the execution scene in The Tudors, as portrayed by Natalie Dormer. If I can’t, I spare a few moments to think of her.