I do not think it would come as any surprise to say that I adore Anne Boleyn. She is my hero, my idol, my source of inspiration, to be even a fraction of the woman she was would be a wonderful thing. For me, I found writing about Anne’s last nineteen days to be an incredibly powerful and moving experience. I have read countless books, articles and websites related to Anne and yet writing this for myself I found I still learnt so much about an amazingly inspiring woman.
Anne Boleyn was and will always be one of the most well known women of Tudor history. Why? Because she was so unlike many woman of her day. Anne was incredibly intelligent; she had a wit and fire which burned in her belly and drove her forward. She was ambitious, determined, passionate and managed to hold the attention of one of England’s most famous Kings, Henry Tudor, for almost a decade. She played a part in one of England’s greatest religious upheavals with the Reformation and gave birth to Elizabeth I, one of the most beloved and well known Queen’s in all English history. She was unlike the humble and placid mould of women in her time and I believe that if Anne was alive today there is simply no telling the amazing things she could accomplish.
I do not, nor will I ever believe that Anne Boleyn was ever guilty of the crimes she was charged with and condemned to death for. I do not believe that she ever committed adultery and I feel that the case and evidence I have provided throughout this piece of writing shows the countless reasons as to why Anne would never have taken part in adultery. She was to smart and knew the risks and had fought to hard and to fiercely to get to where she was, the Queen of England, to let it all slip away for some silly affairs with men she cared little for. I do not believe that she ever committed incest with her brother. Anne was a very religious woman and incest was a great sin against God and I firmly believe Anne would never have wanted to blacken her soul with such a sin. I also do not believe that Anne would have ever committed treason against her husband by openly plotting his death. Henry had made Anne; he had chased her, made her his mistresses, and transformed the religious beliefs of an entire country so that he could make her his Queen, why would she want him dead? Why would she want to end all that she had, all that she had worked so hard for to achieve? For a woman of great intellect and skill I do not see such a thing happening.
I firmly believe that Anne was the innocent victim in a serious of fates and plots that befell her. Yes she was outspoken, yes she challenged her husband, yes she was jealous of his mistresses and frustrated by his decisions and yes she had not provided Henry with the son he so desperately desired but that does not mean she deserved to die.
Love her or hate her Anne Boleyn was an incredible woman. She rose in status from a mere nobody to become Queen of England and left in her legacy one of the most remarkable Queen’s in Elizabeth Tudor. Anne had the spirit and fire that burned within her far beyond the years in which she was born into. Her courage, determination, spirit and wit helped her capture the heart of one of the most famous Kings in all history and unfortunately this same spirit and fire brought about her downfall. It was a sad ending for one of the most remarkable women in history. I wonder what Anne would say if she knew that 474 years after her death people were still talking and writing about her? I think she would smile.