Some of the arguments about Anne Boleyn’s life and career, to help you make you make your choice and vote on the History of England Facebook page. And while you are here why not support the podcast and get extra shedcasts by clicking here and becoming a member?
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How to vote
Here’s what you do to take part…
Until 10th November, hop along to the Facebook Page, where you’ll find a post on which you can comment. It will have the question below. You can then add a comment, and enter one of three votes into your comment:
- A: Agree with the Statement
- B: Disagree with the statement
- C: Abstain
Everyone who votes will be entered into the prize draw.
The History of England agrees with Eric Ives that Anne Boleyn was “a maker of history” and rejects Catherine of Aragon’s insult that she was nothing more than the “Scandal of Christendom”.
To agree you will probably tends to agree with the majority (not necessarily all) of the statements below:
- Anne did not cynically entrap Henry solely because she wanted power; she and Henry shared had a genuinely loving relationship
- Anne was an active and effective player in court politics, rather than simply its victim
- Anne was a genuine leader and principal of change, rather than just a catalyst because of the king’s desire for her; she played an active part in leading, influencing and shaping policies such as the strategy to break with Rome.
- She promoted evangelical ideas and reform; and that did so from personal conviction and piety – not just because they increased her chances of becoming Queen.
- Her treatment of Catherine of Aragon and Mary was as much due to the king’s views and the necessities of the situation as to any personal vindictiveness.
We have 4 prizes. I know. Amazing. I’ll do some complicated thing where the first out of the hat gets to chose, the second to chose from the remaining 3 and so on. To find out more about he prizes, go to the Prizes page.
A Henry VIII silver Half Groat from Halls Hammered Coins
Claire Ridgway: her book ‘The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown’ or her online course ‘The Life of Anne Boleyn’
Lucy Churchill’s ‘The Moost Happi’ portrait medallion
In 1534, Anne was pregnant. In the excited certainty of a male heir, a medallion was designed in celebration; sadly, Anne miscarried and the project was abandoned. Then along came a stone carver, Lucy Churchill, who painstakingly reconstructed the image. This prize is therefore a copy of that original medallion, the most authentic likeness we have. Don’t take my word for it:
- ‘Lucy Churchill’s reconstruction of The Moost Happi portrait medal is the best image we are ever likely to have of Anne Boleyn.’ (Professor David Starkey)
- ‘Lucy Churchill’s brilliant achievement has brought us as close to the real Anne Boleyn as we shall ever be able to get.’ (Professor Eric Ives)
- ‘Through meticulous research Lucy Churchill has created an authentic replica of the medal of Anne Boleyn, as it would have looked originally. A must for anyone interested in Anne Boleyn!’ (Alison Weir)
The story of how Lucy researched and reconstructed the medallion, and the other exquisite carvings she has done, as as interesting as the medallion itself. Go and have a look at Lucy Churchill’s website