Banned Books Week - September 24 - 30

Monday, January 25, 2010

Addicted to the Past--Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn


Today in history, January 25, 1533, King Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn were secretly married.  Now I know some of us have often  wished we could go back and change a choice we made...whether it be who we married or some other path taken.  I know I do have! LOL! So it only makes sense that Anne Boleyn was thinking the same thing just a few years after the fateful day she married Henry. 

So what made Anne finally give up the ghost and marry Henry after resisting him for so long.  Pressure from her family, her own ambition to be queen, and I suppose she, like so many women, actually believed that Henry was over the moon for her.  Perhaps she should have taken a clue from how easily Henry got rid of his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, even if he didn't have her executed.  He probably would have if not for fear of repercussions from her nephew, Emperor Charles V.

Although I regret that Anne was wrongly dispatched by the king, I am thankful for this day because without the union of Henry and Anne the world would never have known one of the greatest monarchs in history, Elizabeth I of England.  So really, Anne won in the end.  Good for her!



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  1. Great post, I'm looking forward to this feature of yours!

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  2. ...and we would not have all thes wonderful books to read!!!!

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  3. If nothing else, it all makes a great story!

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  4. One of the best stories ever! And we wouldn't have the yummy Tudor series either!

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  5. Further evidence that the truth is way more interesting than fiction.

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  6. I am addicted to! It started when I read The Other Boleyn Girl and went on from there!

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  7. Very funny I like your sense of humor. It is true Anne did win even if it was from the grave.

    Great minds do think alike I see.

    I see you are reading tale of the body thief by Anne Rice. I actually have read almost every book in the series. I loved them compared to the now a days heart throb Twilight. Anne Rice is so much better. Have you read her other ones? The Mummy is really good too.

    I can not wait for your review. Are you on good reads? If not check my button out for it I have all my Anne Rice reads listed there.

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  8. Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I hope everyone enjoys the posts. I was going to make this a weekly event, but I think I will probably post more often depending on events that occurred on certain dates or just something historical that strikes my fancy. I'm going to have fun with it =O)

    Lizzy--I found you over at GoodReads and sent a request and a message. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Oh WOW- This is so good! I love it that you also put in some of your own thoughts and reflections. What a terrific post! This series is going to be a hit for sure:) Thanks!

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  10. I am addicted to the Anne Boleyn story as well.. there is just so much more I want to know.. sadly, since it has been so long and prejudicial works remain from the period, I fear I will never know what the truth was behind Anne and her character.
    Thanks for this post, Anne deserves all the good publicity she can get to make up for 500 years of slanderous remarks!

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  11. Thanks Lucy and Marie for stopping by. I'm glad that you liked the post and I'm glad that Anne has so many allies out there!

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  12. A bit of a Pyrrhic victory, but England was the better for it. Nice post!

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