historical queens fancasts

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Anne Boleyn is known for her motto “Aisi sera groigne qui groigne - Let them grumble; that is how it is going to be” which she adopted from 1529-1532. Perhaps as response to those who defied the future Queen of England and wife of King Henry VIII. 

Once coronated, she had adapted the motto “The Most Happy”, however it is not known why this motto was adopted. Perhaps to reflect her feelings in 1533 when she had become Queen of England. 

Anne is mostly known for influencing Henry VIII to create the Church of England, and is also known for being the mother to Queen Elizabeth I, the Golden Queen. 

Unfortunately, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed on May 19th, 1536; for false charges of incest, treason, and adultery. However, her legacy still lives on today, as one of the most influential queens of the Tudor Era. 

“She who has been the Queen of England on earth will today become a Queen in heaven.”

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Aliénor - Episode 2: Bordeaux 

“Eleanor, I beseech you! Make peace with my Lady mother and-”

“No! Louis, I am first and foremost your wife. I will honour the duty that God has bestowed upon me as such but I am Queen of the Franks, as I am a daughter of Aquitaine and I will not break to fit the mould that your mother dictates to me. I would rather drown in the Garonne, than bend to her dull will.” 

The episode begins 25 July 1137,  Eleanor of Aquitaine marries the devout Prince Louis in Bordeaux and they are immediately enthroned as Duke and Duchess of Aquitaine. However, their tour of the provinces are interrupted  in August 1137 by the news that Prince Louis father, Louis VI, has died. The couple are anointed and crowned King and Queen of the Franks on Christmas Day, 1137 both still teenagers. The episode also delves into the tense relationship Eleanor has with the northeners of her kingdom, who disapprove of her high-spirited nature, particularly Prince Louis’ mother, Adelaide of Maurienne and Bernard of Clairvaux. 

Women of the middle ages:

Eleanor of Aquitaine  (Born Alienor d’Aquitaineca. 1122  – 1 April 1204) Was Queen-consort of France, later queen of England and Duchess of Aquitaine in her own right. She was one of the most powerful and wealthiest women of the high middle ages, and still stands as one of the most influential figures of her time. Eleanor was described as highly intelligent, strong-willed and exceptionally beautiful, even in her old age. 

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Melanie Laurent as Margaret d'Anjou

Margaret was the daughter of Rene, Duke of Anjou, and titular King of Naples, albeit without any funds. Betrothed to Henry VI at fourteen, and the following year she left France and entered England, in 1445. On 31st May, her coronation was held at Westminster Abbey. The Duke of Suffolk was her closest ally in England, and they were major figures in the court party. She was clever enough to control the court, but unpopular, particularly because she was French and a woman. Following Suffolk’s fall, she became close to the Duke Of Somerset, and and was a major enemy of Richard Plantagenet, Duke Of York. Her son was born in 1453, when Henry suffered a major breakdown, and York assumed the protectorate. Although Henry recovered in 1455, and Margaret restored Somerset and her party to power, she did not drop her grudge toward York, which led the the battle of St Albans, and the Lancastrian defeat. She publicly then reconciled with York in 1458, before the Yorkist failure of Ludlow. In 1460, York was defeated at the battle of Wakefield, but then the Lancastrians lost a disastrous victory at Towton. She and Henry left for Scotland, then France, in order to plead for help. Louis XI of France lent Margaret a force, but this too was defeated. She returned to France, and remained in Lorraine for ten years. In 1470, Warwick joined forces with Margaret, and they restored Henry VI to the throne. Margaret did not immediately return to England, though, and when she arrived in 1471, Warwick lost a decisive victory at Barnet, and Henry was recaptured. Margaret was taken at Tewkesbury, and Edward died on the battlefield. For five years, Margaret remained in captivity, before Louis XI reclaimed her, for the price of 50,000 crowns. She returned to France, on the promise that she would not try to act upon anymore of her claims, then died, on August 25 1482, at the chateau of Dampierre.

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↪ Lily Cole as Elizabeth Woodville

 Daughter of Jacquetta of Luxemborg, and Sir Richard Woodville, Elizabeth Woodville was born in 1436. Scandal occurred soon after her birth, with Richard Woodville being arrested for taking to wife a woman above his station. He was, though, released, due to King Henry’s mother, Catherine Of Valois, also taking to marriage a man below her station, and Richard, Jacquetta, Elizabeth, and their later children stayed at Grafton castle. 

Elizabeth came to court, potentially as a maid-of-honour to Margaret of Anjou, in 1445, and became a popular member of court, famed for her beauty, and married Sir Richard Grey, in 1452. In 1461, his death occurred, at St Albans Battle, and Elizabeth was left as mother to his two infant sons. 

In 1464, at Grafton Castle, Elizabeth secretly married Edward IV, with legend saying he married her after she refused to sleep with him. Edward’s marriage was unpopular amongst his supporters, especially with the Earl Of Warwick, Richard Neville, who at the time was negotiating Edward’s marriage to a French Princess, in order to avoid threat from deposed Queen Margaret d'Anjou. Warwick was offended at this rebuke, especially due to the fact that the Woodvilles were traditionally Lancastrian. Elizabeth bore Edward several daughters, including Elizabeth Of York, who later became Queen Consort to Henry VII. Elizabeth’s ambitious Woodville family became powerful and hated at court, with one of her first sons becoming Marquis Of Dorset.

Warwick left Edward IV, and joined forces with Margaret d'Anjou, briefly restoring Henry VI to the throne, leaving Elizabeth to seek sanctuary in Westminster Abbey. Edward V was in exile, therefore, when the future Edward V was born on 4 November 1470. Warwick was then killed in battle, when Margaret arrived in England, and both Henry and his son were murdered, when Edward IV was returned to the throne.

However, Edward died suddenly on April 9th, 1483, leaving Richard of Gloucester as Lord Protector, for the minor Edward V. Long-term enemy of Elizabeth, Richard moved for power, denouncing Edward V as illegitimate, citing Edward IV’s possible marriage to Eleanor Beaufort. Richard claimed the throne, becoming Richard III, and Edward and his brother, the Duke of York, were imprisoned in the Tower.

Prince Edward and Prince Richard disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the Tower, and it was widely assumed that Richard had them murdered, to harden his claim to the throne. Elizabeth, it seems, was convinced of their deaths, and made plans with her former enemy, Margaret Beaufort, to marry Elizabeth of York to Henry Tudor, in order to depose Richard and place her daughter, now the Yorkist heir to the throne, as Henry’s queen consort, thus uniting the Woodvilles and the Beauforts, and, if stretched, the Houses of Lancaster and York.

Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, and Henry became King. Elizabeth too became Queen, and Elizabeth Woodville regained some of her former status as now Queen Dowager and Queen Mother. Elizabeth and Edward IV’s children were re-legitamized, and Elizabeth Woodville became godmother to Prince Arthur. However, in 1487, Elizabeth was suspected of plotting against the paranoid Henry VII, and made to retire to Bermondsey Abbey, where she died in 1492, thus ending the eventful life of Elizabeth Woodville.