·A board dedicated to the life and legacy of Queen Anne Boleyn, (1533-36) the great love of King Henry VIII's life, and mother to Queen Elizabeth I of England…
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"I married beneath me. All women do." Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons took her seat #onthisday (December 1st) in 1919. Astor, known for her wit, frequently clashed with Winston Churchill. (As you may or may not know, the Astors were instrumental in preserving and improving Hever Castle, home to Elizabeth I's mother, Anne Boleyn, and her family.)
Queen Anne Boleyn’s Confinement - Once the queen was ready to take to her chamber,she traveled in procession to the Chapel Royal to hear mass. The company then proceeded to the great chamber, where under the cloth of estate, the queen took wine and spices. Another procession accompanied the queen to her bedchamber door and there the men took leave of the queen. IMAGE: ‘Woman in Labour with midwife and assistants’, from The Ten Pleasures of Marriage (London, 1682).
Unlike her cousin Anne Boleyn, poor Katherine has no family relations around her to advise her; her only friend was Lady Jane Rochford, and her companionship did not prove to be of comfort in the end (both were executed together for treasonous activity on February 13th, 1542). IMAGE: Illustration of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford.
Why do we assert that Anne Boleyn was innocent of the charges laid against her (she most certainly was, in the opinions of most today) & declare that her cousin Katherine was guilty? Katherine may have been guilty of promiscuity (by 16th c. standards) before marriage, but there is no actual evidence that she was unfaithful after her marriage to Henry VIII. Even her famous letter to Culpepper is not proof of an affair, & can be interpreted in a number of different ways.-BeingBess