Anne Boleyn (played by Natalie Dormer) - The Tudors (season 2)
Anne Boleyn (played by Natalie Dormer) - The Tudors (season 1)
Good Christian People, I have come here to die according to the law, and thus yield myself to the will of the king, my lord. And if in my life I ever did offend the king’s grace, then surely with my death, I do now atone. I pray and beseech you all to pray for the life of the king, my sovereign lord and yours, who is one of the best princes on the face of the earth, who has always treated me so well. Wherefore, I submit to death with a good will, humbly asking pardon of all the world. If anyone should take up my case, I ask them only to judge it kindly. Thus I take my leave of the world, and of you.
Anne was queen of England and the second wife of Henry VIII; she spent most of her childhood in France and returned to England as a young woman. In 1526 Henry began his pursuit of Anne. She resisted his attempts to seduce her, refusing to become his mistress as her sister Mary had.Henry wanted to annul his marriage to Queen Catherine so he would be free to marry Anne. When it became clear that Pope Clement VII would not annul the marriage, the breaking of the power of the Catholic Church in England began. In 1532, Henry made Anne the marquess of Pembroke. The following year, they married and Anne gave birth to one of the most capable female monarchs - Elizabeth I.To Henry’s displeasure, however, she failed to produce a male heir.
Henry had Anne investigated for high treason in April 1536. She was arrested and sent to the Tower of London, where she was tried and found guilty. She was beheaded on May 19, 1536.
Through the centuries, Anne has been called “the most influential and important queen consort England has ever had”,since she provided the occasion for Henry VIII to divorce Catherine of Aragon, and declare his independence from Rome.
Anne Boleyn - Always darkest before the Dawn [May, 19th] (by BelleMarianne)
Fandom : The Tudors and Elizabeth movies
Character : Anne Boleyn
Category : tribute (may 19th)
Music : Shake it out (repitched)
Artist : Florence + the Machine
Program : Sony Vegas Pro 9
Warning : slight nudity & fast editing
Anne Boleyn is one of the most controversial historical figures of all times.
Second wife to Henry VIII and mother to Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536 with the accusations of adultery and witchcraft. No one really knows if these accusation were real or not; although, many argues that Anne’s enemies schemed her fall masterfully.
Even her birth date is under debate. Some historians say that she might have been born in 1501, since she already was at the court of Burgundy in 1515/1516. Others believe she must have been born in 1507, thinking Henry might not have fallen for a woman not in her first bloom after so many years of marriage with Catherine of Aragorn.
Anne was extremely well-educated for her time: fluent in French, voracious reader and protestant; Eric Ives, author of ‘The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn’, argues that Anne might have even met Leonardo da Vinci in 1516, while in Burgundy.
On the 19th of May 1536, the day Anne was beheaded, the courtesan Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, was choosing her bridal gown.
The Tudors 30-Day Challenge; Day 07
Favorite Quote - Anne’s Execution Speech (2x10)
“Good Christian people, I have come here to die according to the law and thus yield myself to the will of the King, my Lord. And if in my life I ever did offend the King’s grace, then surely with my death I do now atone. I pray and beseech you all to pray for the life of the King, my sovereign Lord and yours who is one of the best princes on the face of the Earth, who has always treated me so well. Wherefore I submit to death with goodwill, humbly asking for pardon of all the world. If anyone should take up my case, I ask them only to judge it kindly. Thus I take my leave of the world and of you, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me.”
There was no single quote that was more powerful than Anne’s execution speech for me. She turned the crowd from leering and hateful to at least respectful; she faced her death with courage and dignity. What’s more, she put aside her pride and pain and spoke well of the King, when she could have denounced him. She was doing so partially for her daughter, of course; but she was going to die no matter what she said, and so she died a true Queen.
Quite a swan song for Natalie and for Anne.
*** Once again, I kindly ask you not to reblog these challenge graphics without at least keeping the links. Thanks!
The Tudors 30-Day Challenge; Day 03
Favorite Wife - Anne Boleyn
For many of the same reasons I articulated yesterday, Anne is my favorite of Henry’s wives. She was just as passionate, stubborn, strong-willed, politically savvy, pious, and intelligent as Katherine of Aragon. She suffered (in my opinion) a much crueler fate. Most importantly, as far as history is concerned, she is the mother of Elizabeth I. Natalie, though I liked most of the wives’ actresses, delivered arguably the most powerful overall performance and was incredibly in-touch with her character. Anne was, in her hands, truly a Queen, and she died a Queen as well. Anne also had the most passion and connection with Henry on the show, and the chemistry between them was intense.
It happened very shortly after she miscarried, remember. …[T]o be in that physical and mental state, having just miscarried, and be incarcerated in the Tower! - Natalie Dormer
Anne’s terror was that, like the adulterous Guinevere in the Morte d’Arthur, she would be sentenced to be burned at the stake, and with no Lancelot to rescue her. Instead, Henry, as he boasted in her death warrant, was merciful. She was to be beheaded and not burned. Moreover, she who had been so French in life was executed in the French manner: kneeling upright with a sword, rather than prostrate on the block with an axe. ”I heard say the executioner was very good,” she remarked to the lieutenant of the Tower, “and I have a little neck.” She was correct on both counts, and her head came off with a single stroke.
To us she appears inconsistent – religious yet aggressive, calculating yet emotional, with the light touch of the courtier yet the strong grip of the politician… A woman in her own right – taken on her own terms in a man’s world; a woman who mobilized her education, her style and her presence to outweigh the disadvantages of her sex; of only moderate good looks, but taking a court and a king by storm. Perhaps, in the end, it is Thomas Cromwell’s assessment that comes nearest: intelligence, spirit and courage.
- Eric Ives, The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn
“I know how I got there and it wasn’t all you! It was not all you, or Norfolk, or George or any man! It was also me. He fell in love with me; he respected me and my opinions.There is good news all around. Katherine is dead and I am pregnant. Do you understand? I am carrying the King’s son. We are on the edge of a golden world!”