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  1. Sue Ellen Anderson

    Trying to see comments on this interesting article. I’ve always been fascinated, wondering what it was about Anne that so attracted Henry he was willing to do anything to get her. I haven’t read a lot of descriptions of her, but think she was not so much pretty~a lot of girls were simply pretty~as charming and fascinating.

  2. Sue Ellen Anderson

    Oh! Mine is the first and only comment so far.
    I also thought it was a conundrum that Anne was devastated to give birth to a girl and Henry deeply disappointed to have done so much to get Anne, who promised a boy, and get ‘only’ a girl from her. Elizabeth, who would come to be known as ‘the Great’ was that disappointing child. Possibly one of the greatest rulers of England, eclipsing even him, but how could Henry know? Girls were only good for arranging alliances with their hands in marriage, NOT ruling. And Henry needed an heir to rule after him.

    • Sue Ellen Anderson

      Finally (I promise!) why did Henry so far lose his love for Anne that he had her unjustly accused of adulterous treason and beheaded
      What did Anne do or say? Did she comment on his increasing unattractiveness or possibly waning potency? She had played her cards so well before the wedding and being crowned queen. What tensions were rising in her that caused her to fumble so badly and lose the King’s love? Or lust?
      So much to wonder about, including what did the young woman think about that last night before she faced the sword (Henry’s mercy) on a May morning? She who had risen so far and fallen so low. She who had kept possibly the most powerful king in the world dangling, twisting in the wind, heady stuff for a young woman of not exceptionally high birth and family background. So much to wonder…

  3. Hi Sue Ellen,
    One of the reasons why I wrote a second novel (The Light in the Labyrinth)l about Anne Boleyn was because my first novel, Dear Heart, How Like You This?, left me also wondering why a man who loved a woman so much he turned his kingdom upside down to marry her then ended up murdering her…yes, I see her unjust execution as murder.

    For me, writing fiction has been always a way for me to push through the dark into the light – of making sense of things I want to understand more. Writing (and researching) The Light in the Labyrinth helped me to develop a few strong theories as to why Henry executed his second wife….

    • Sue Ellen Anderson

      Wendy, I’ll be sure to get your book, ‘The Light in the Labyrinth.’ I’ve been fascinated by Anne since reading ‘The Concubine’ by Norah Lofts years ago. Historical fiction is my favorite genre.

  4. Beck

    To be fair, how about reading some books on Cromwell? You may find that his rise in Henry’s favour was not solely due to the Boleyn influence. At any rate I’m interested to read your article and really appreciate the reference list. Do try GW Bernard’s book on Anne Boleyn.

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