katherine or aragon

Where is my Anne of Cleves movie?

Seriously.  We all know about Anne Boleyn.  We all know she got a raw deal because she was married to a psychopathic man-child.  Well…maybe not pyschopathic.  But definitely a man-child.

Where is my movie about Katherine of Aragon?  I don’t want a film that joins the party right as her husband starts dilly-dallying with the Boleyn sisters.  I want something about her.  About how she came to England when she was just almost sixteen and married Prince Arthur.  How after her husband’s death, she was basically trapped in England until Arthur’s brother Henry turned eighteen and married her.  How he actually did love her a great deal and how she loved him.  How she managed him.

Where’s my movie about Anne of Cleves?  About how she came to a foreign country almost completely unprepared for the culture she would have to be part of?  About how she outlived them all and was well-loved and respected?  About how she was probably the smartest of all King Henry’s wives outside of perhaps Katherine of Aragon?  About how she saw the writing on the wall and became the richest woman in England in exchange for quietly dissolving her marriage?

Anne of Cleves was brilliant.  Katherine of Aragon was strong.  Where are the movies focused on their lives?  I want them.

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“After the examination of religious texts and much debate, Henry decided that their marriage was invalid, had never been legitimate and therefore had never existed. She was stripped of the titles of queen and wife, her daughter declared a bastard, and was condemned as having been living in sin with Henry as the Dowager Princess of Wales, his brother’s wife. And yet the Pope, along with a significant number of European universities, doctors and leading thinkers of the day, declared that the marriage was completely valid and endorsed her as Henry’s true wife. Under oath, in the confessional, in private letters, in court and upon her deathbed, Catherine never wavered from her conviction that she was the true wedded wife of the King. (…) Yet Catherine was not one to choose the easy road. Wearing a hair shirt under her cloting and rising at dawn to hear Mass, she saw her steadfastness as a crusade to save her husband’s soul. For Henry had not just rejected her, he had turned his back on the Pope and the very tenets of the Catholic faith that had shaped their mutual devotions. Convinced Henry was heading for damnation, Catherine elected to suffer in his stead, praying that God would forgive him. Watching her supporters go to the stake, or the block, she lived her final years in the expectation of following them and was prepared to embrace the opportunity of becoming a martyr”.

- Amy Licence, Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII’s True Wife

vimeo

this segment changed my life. i can’t believe the simpsons take on henry viii is more clothing-accurate than The Tudors. look at the the gable hoods. 

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♔ Q U E E N S and Q U E E N  C O N S O R T S during the Tudor Era.

  • Elizabeth of York (1466-1503) - “Humble and Reverent”.
  • Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536) - “Humble and Loyal”.
  • Anne Boleyn (c.1501-1536) - “The Most Happy”.
  • Jane Seymour (c.1508-1537) - “Bound to Obey and Serve”.
  • Anne of Cleves (1515-1557) - “God Send Me Well to Keep”.
  • Kathryn Howard (c.1521-1542) - “No Other Will But His”.
  • Catherine Parr (1512-1548) - “To Be Useful in All That I Do”.
  • Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554) - According to My Power”.
  • Mary Tudor/Mary I (1516-1558) - “Truth, the Daughter of Time”.
  • Elizabeth Tudor/Elizabeth I (1533-1603) - “Always the Same”.
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The girl seems elfin, almost, physically, in the harshly defined cheekbones and almost-black eyes. But there’s something fae-like about her; something impossible to pin down or define about her in her very aura, too. 

Anne Boleyn + Whitehall University