tudor stuff

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“But Elizabeth is yours. Watch her as she grows; she’s yours. She’s a Tudor! Get yourself a son off of that sweet, pale girl if you can - and hope that he will live! But Elizabeth shall reign after you! Yes, Elizabeth - child of Anne the Whore and Henry the Blood-Stained Lecher - shall be Queen!”

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“To us she appears inconsistent—religious yet aggressive, calculating yet emotional, with the light touch of the courtier yet the strong grip of the politician—but is this what she was, or merely what we strain to see through the opacity of the evidence? As for her inner life, short of a miraculous cache of new material, we shall never really know. Yet what does come to us across the centuries is the impression of a person who is strangely appealing to the early 21st century: A woman in her own right—taken on her own terms in a man’s world; a woman who mobilised her education, her style and her presence to outweigh the disadvantages of her sex; of only moderate good looks, but taking a court and a king by storm. Perhaps, in the end, it is Thomas Cromwell’s assessment that comes nearest: intelligence, spirit and courage.” | Eric Ives in The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn.

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More photos found clearing out old files, this is Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, and its one of my favourite old houses to visit, its so compact and quirky. It is a moated half-timbered manor house not far from me actually and the earliest parts of the house were built for the prosperous Cheshire landowner William Moreton in about 1504–08, and the remainder was constructed in stages by successive generations of the family until about 1610. The building is highly irregular, with three asymmetrical ranges forming a small, rectangular cobbled courtyard. The house remained in the possession of the Moreton family for almost 450 years, until ownership was transferred to the National Trust in 1938. Little Moreton Hall and its sandstone bridge across the moat are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and the ground on which Little Moreton Hall stands is protected as a Scheduled Monument.

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female rulers + the four elements - for @ladyflorence1215

turhan hatice sultan and isabella of portugal // elizabeth i and nurbanu sultan // wu zetian and hurrem sultan // victoria i and anne of austria

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The Queen Meme → Anne Boleyn, Queen of England (1533-1536)

Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 and second wife to Henry VIII of the House of Tudor. The relationship between Henry and Anne tore apart England, as Lady Anne Boleyn refused to have a carnal relationship with the King unless she was his Queen which thus meant that Henry would have to set aside his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Henry was infatuated with Anne, and sought an annulment from his first wife, who hadn’t secured the throne with the birth of a son - instead presenting him with a sickly daughter born in 1516 who would become Mary I. Henry argued that due to Catherine’s past marriage to Henry’s brother, and that the marriage had been consummated (a claim Catherine always denied), he sought an annulment from the Pope. However the Pope never granted the annulment, and thus England separated from papal authority and Henry VIII became the head of the Church of England. 

Anne Boleyn was at the heart of the reformation, and held great influence over the King. She received diplomats and influenced favour, while also introducing the King to materials that had once been considered heresy, such as Tyndale’s work. She was also the Marquess of Pembroke in her own right, making her the most powerful woman in England before she was even Queen - it was the first hereditary title granted to a woman. When she became Queen of England in 1533 after a secret marriage ceremony, Anne was quick to produce Henry with an heir but it was a girl born in September of 1533. Not the son Henry risked everything for, Anne attempted to give the King a son twice afterwards but both pregnancies ended in miscarriage. However, her daughter would one day become Queen Elizabeth I. 

In 1536, Thomas Cromwell began to plot the downfall of Anne after her interference with Church revenue - arguing that the revenue, which Cromwell was taking a percentage of, should be redistributed to education and charity. Anne would be soon be charged with adultery, incest and treason - charges that are now considered products of injustice - and she, along with four men (including her brother George) were sentenced to death. While waiting for her executioner to arrive, Anne had exclaimed: “I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck.”

On May 19th, 1536, Anne Boleyn was beheaded by a French swordsman.

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On this day in History → Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England, is executed (d. 19 May, 1536)

Anne Boleyn was Henry VIII’s second wife, who is known for being one of the reasons Henry annulled his first marriage with Catherine of Aragon and broke with Papal authority to lead the Church of England, making her a key figure in the English reformation. Anne was charged with adultery, incest and high treason - charges that are now considered unjust and ‘unconvincing’ - and was sentenced to death on the 15th of May. Four days later, Anne was executed by a French swordsman. It only took a single stroke, and Anne was dead. Her body was buried in an old elm wood arrow chest in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. Her grave was unmarked until 1876. 

Anne was Queen for three years, bearing one daughter. That daughter, who was declared illegitimate while Anne was awaiting execution, would become Elizabeth I.