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Favourite Female Character (11/25) Anne Boleyn 

“Good Christian people, I have come here to die according to the law and thus yield myself to the will of the King, my Lord. And if ever in my life I did offend the King’s grace, then surely with my death, I do now atone. I pray and beseech you all to pray for the life of the King, my sovereign Lord and yours who is one of the best princes of the Earth, who has always treated me so well. Where for I submit to death a good will, humbly asking for pardon from all the world. If anyone should take up my case, I ask them only to judge it kindly. Thus I take my leave of the world and of you, I heartily desire all of you to pray for me.”

August 26, 1533: Queen Anne Boleyn Enters Confinement

On August 26th, in 1533, Anne Boleyn entered confinement to prepare for the birth of her child. During Tudor times, women usually would go into confinement, also known as “taking to their chamber,” about four to six weeks before their due date. However, Anne took to her chamber on August 26th, 1533, which was less than 2 weeks before Elizabeth was born. This could have been because Anne miscalculated her due date, or because Elizabeth was born prematurely. She also could have entered confinement later than was normal, in order to show that Elizabeth had not been conceived out of wedlock and therefore, her child would be legitimate.
Historian Eric Ives has suggested that Anne Boleyn realizing that she was pregnant led to her hurried, secret marriage to Henry on January 25th, 1533, as well as Thomas Cranmer’s rapid ascendance to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Audley’s promotion to Lord Chancellor of England, and the burst of parliamentary drafting. But since the early stages of pregnancy made it difficult to recognize that conception had occurred, this burst of activity may simply have been because the couple were sleeping together and were therefore risking pregnancy.
The ceremony of Anne taking to her chamber took place at Greenwich Palace. Before taking to her chamber, she attended a special mass at the palace’s Chapel Royal. After mass, she was escorted to her great chamber, as were her ladies. Once there, the group was given spiced wine, after which, Anne’s lord chamberlain prayed that God would grant her a safe and easy birth, finishing with a pledge “to the Queen’s good hour”. After this, a procession formed to walk Anne to her chambers. Upon arrival at the Chamber doors, the Chamberlain and other gentlemen stood respectfully aside as Anne retired to her chamber with her ladies. From that moment on, until 30 days after delivering her baby, her chamber would be occupied only by women, an ordinance created by Lady Margaret Beaufort, Henry VIII’s paternal grandmother. She added several rules about how the birthing chamber should be prepared in the 15th-century “Royalle Book.” These rules were intended to ensure a safe delivery and a healthy baby. Lady Margaret Beaufort added the following ordinances in regards to the birthing chamber:
1. It should be carpeted.
2. It should have its walls, ceilings and windows covered with blue arras (also known as tapestries) that had calming and romantic images embroidered on them.
3. One window in the birthing room should be slightly uncovered, in order to let in light and air when needed.
4. It must be furnished with a bed for the Queen, as well as a pallet at the foot of the bed – The Queen would give birth on the pallet, so it was set at a height appropriate for the midwife to do her work. It would also be set up close to the fire and away from cold draughts.
5. The room should have soft, comfortable furnishings of crimson satin with embroidered gold crowns and the Queen’s arms
6. There should be an altar for the Queen and her ladies to use for prayer and worship.
7. The must be a tapestry covered cupboard that would hold the birthing equipment and swaddling bands*.
8. It must have a font* in case of a sickly baby needing to be baptized straight after the birth·
9. Since it was important for the Queen and her baby to be surrounded by symbols of wealth and the Queen’s high status, the room would have a display of gold and silver plate items from the Jewel House.
Since fresh air was thought to be harmful to the mother and her child, the birthing rooms were fastened up against it using tapestries and other window coverings. Candles would be used to light the darkened rooms, and special objects like saint’s relics (there was a girdle said to ease birthing pains, amulets, and certain herbs. The idea was that this womb-like environment would protect the baby from any evil spirits when it came into the world. The birthing chamber would have undoubtedly been stifling, hot, and uncomfortable since fresh air was “harmful”! However, Anne was lucky in the fact that she gave birth to Elizabeth two weeks after entering confinement, instead of the usual four to six weeks, so she could leave that stifling chamber after a month and a half, instead of two to two and a half months!
It was also advised that the woman remove all types of fastenings, knots, rings, buckles, and laces, so that they wouldn’t get in the way and so that they would not restrict her in any way. It was also a symbolic gesture, since their removal was seen as promoting an easier birth. There was a practice of having everyone remove or untie any knots, fastenings, etc., as well as opening doors and windows, if a woman was having an especially difficult birth.
David Starkey describes how the Anne Boleyn’s chambers would have been prepared for the impending birth in his book “Elizabeth”:
“The walls and ceilings were close hung and tented with arras – that is, precious tapestry woven with gold or silver threads – and the floor thickly laid with rich carpets. The arras was left loose at a single window, so that the Queen could order a little light and air to be admitted, though this was generally felt inadvisable. Precautions were taken, too, about the design of the hangings. Figurative tapestry, with human or animal images was ruled out. The fear was that it could trigger fantasies in the Queen’s mind which might lead to the child being deformed. Instead, simple, repetitive patterns were preferred. The Queen’s richly hung and canopied bed was to match or be en-suite with the hangings, as was the pallet or day-bed which stood at its foot. And it was on the pallet, almost certainly that the birth took place.
Carpenters and joiners had first prepared the skeleton by framing up a false ceiling in the chamber. Then the officers of the wardrobe had moved in to nail up and arrange the tapestry, carpets and hangings. At the last minute, gold and silver plate had been brought from the Jewel House. There were cups and bowls to stand on the cupboard and crucifixes, candlesticks and images for the altar. The result was a cross between a chapel and a luxuriously padded cell.”
David Starkey also describes this ritual confinement as “a sort of purdah” and writes of how it “emphasized that childbirth was a purely female mystery.”
Despite how stifling Anne’s chambers would have felt, they were magnificent to behold. Her floors were carpeted, beautiful tapestries lined the chamber walls and ceiling, a special cupboard was built “with three shelves for the queen’s plate to stand upon”, there was a “false roof made in the queen’s chamber for to seal and hang it with cloth of arras”, and while the windows were covered, one was left open or “hanged that she may have light when it pleaseth her.” Chapuys reported that, “the king has taken from his treasures one of the richest and most triumphant beds which was given for the ransom of a duke of Alençon.” There was also a pallet bed next to the first bed that had a crimson canopy hanging over it. The pallet bed was where Anne would actually give birth. And in her presence chambers, a new state bed, which was hung with a lavish ceiler, tester, and counterpane, “all richly embroidered upon crimson velvet”, had been built for her to receive visitors and well-wishers after her delivery. There were also two cradles for the future royal baby waiting in Anne’s chambers, one a “great cradle of estate” that was upholstered in crimson cloth of gold and had an ermine-lined counterpane, and the other a carved wooden cradle painted gold.
Her confinement, while it must have been rather claustrophobic, was a social occasion, with her female relatives and her ladies keeping her company. They would occupy themselves by playing cards, reading, giving Anne emotional support and encouragement, reminiscing over their own experiences giving birth, sing, and discourse on other various topics pleasing to Anne. Once labor began, her ladies would have immediately jumped to action, preparing a caudle for Anne to drink to give her strength during her labor, as well as assisting the midwife in bringing the mother and child safely through the delivery.
One can imagine what an exciting time this was for Henry and Anne, as they eagerly awaited the day that Anne gave birth to the much desired son and heir. And despite the fact that she gave birth to a girl, they did succeed in conceiving one of England’s greatest monarchs.

Sources:
Erickson, C. (1984). Mistress Anne. New York: Summit Books.
Fox, J. (2009). Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford. New York: Ballantine Books.
Ridgway, C. (2012). On This Day in Tudor History. MadeGlobal Publishing.
Starkey, D. (2003). Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII. New York City: HarperCollins Publishers.
Weir, A. (2001). Henry VIII. United States: Random House, Inc.
Weir, A. (n.d.). Six Wives of Henry VIII.

{“He’ll walk around and he won’t realize it, but everything will come to him in muted colors, the slightest haze of grey.
Until, that is, he grabs the hand of a girl with dark and deep eyes.
And everything is brighter.”} x

A soft, eclectic mix for the lovers who are learning to try again in a new time, a new world, a new setting. Based largely off of the fic Whitehall University, by @boleynqueens on AO3.

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Today in history - Anne Boleyn goes into confinement

On August 26, 1533, Anne Boleyn took formal leave of the court and of the male world, and entered her confinement at Greenwich. Anne was following in the footsteps of Henry VIII’s mother, Elizabeth of York, who 42 years earlier, had given birth to Henry at the lovely, Thames-side palace.

Like Elizabeth, Anne too would follow the protocol for royal births as set out in The Royal Book, a handbook of court etiquette, already old in Tudor times, with some ‘finishing touches’ added during the reign of Henry VII.

Such an important event required elaborate ceremony and preparations had commenced earlier that month. According to David Starkey,

Carpenters and joiners had first prepared the skeleton by framing up a false ceiling in the chamber. Then the officers of the wardrobe had moved in to nail up and arrange the tapestry, carpets and hangings. At the last minute, gold and silver plate had been brought from the Jewel House. There were cups and bowls to stand on the cupboard and crucifixes, candlesticks and images for the altar. The result was a cross between a chapel and a luxuriously padded cell.’

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August 1536: King Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour Go On Progress

In August of 1536, King Henry, Jane Seymour, and the rest of the Court were on their annual summer Progress. It was hoped that the Progress would cheer Henry up, since he had been suffering from low spirits after Henry FitzRoy, his illegitimate son, had died. He was also disappointed that Queen Jane had not yet become pregnant. Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, even got the impression that Jane would only have a coronation if she proved that she was fertile and could have children! However, according to Alison Weir (Weir, Six Wives of Henry VIII), this was not the real reason behind Jane’s postponed coronation. It is likely that Jane’s coronation was put off due to several factors: the unrest caused by the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the return of the Plague to London that September, and, according to David Starkey (Starkey, 2003), whose conclusion I completely agree with, as a form of punishing Jane for not having become pregnant yet.
During their Progress, theKing and Queen enjoyed days of hunting, enjoying “good sport”. On August 9th, their hunting party killed around twenty stags. But Henry still appeared depressed, and on August 12th, he confided in Chapuys, telling him that he felt himself growing old and was doubtful as to whether he would be able to have any children with the Queen. This must have been a shocking admission for Chapuys to hear, since Henry had always made a habit of blaming his Queens for their “failure” in not producing a male heir and the numerous miscarriages and stillbirths. But Henry was most likely correct in his assumptions. He was dealing with increasingly severe infirmities, which most likely affected his potency, a supposition that is supported by the fact that none of his wives after Jane, except perhaps Katherine Howard, had any children by him. And it may have been possible that even before his infirmities, he had potency issues, since both Katharine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn became pregnant by him several times, but most of those pregnancies ended in miscarriages or stillbirths. And the very fact that it took Jane so long to conceive shows that there were most likely difficulties and that the problem lay with Henry, not Jane.
Later that month, Henry visited Lady Mary at Hunsdon, and informed her that her return to court would happen soon. Mary’s health, which had been suffering, was quickly improving, and Henry was eager to stage a public reunion. His wife had also complained that she felt lonely, since there were “none but my inferiors” with whom to make merry, and then pleaded with Henry to bring Mary back to Court, saying that she would “enjoy the fompany of my Lady Mary’s Grace at court”. Henry assured her that “we will have her here, darling, if she will make thee merry.”

Sources:
Starkey, D. (2003). Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII. New York City: HarperCollins Publishers.
Weir, A. (2001). Henry VIII. United States: Random House, Inc.
Weir, A. (n.d.). Six Wives of Henry VIII.

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Richard III killed the Princes in the Tower (For the unpopular opinion thing!)

strongly agree | agree | neutral | disagree | strongly disagree

Haha, you just want me to swim in dangerous waters don’t you? ^^

Personally I think it’s the most likely explanation? I don’t think he personally smothered them but either he gave the order or he must have had some idea of what happened to them? He had the power and the motive to do so.

The thing is none of the other suspects would have benefited as much as he did or had the power to do it. It’s only after they disappeared that Henry Tudor even gathered enough support to raise against Richard. 

So yes Richard is my key suspect.

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August 6, 1540: King Henry VIII Visits Anne of Cleves

On August 6th, in 1540, after the King and his new bride, Katherine Howard, had returned to Hampton Court Palace from Oatlands Palace, Henry decided to visit Anne of Cleves at Richmond. He rode there with only a few attendants. While it was in some ways a social visit, it was also a business meeting. Three members of the Privy Council had also arrived to serve as witnesses to Anne signing another document that is thought to have been the deed of separation.
Marillac, the French ambassador, noticed that Henry treated Anne with far less deference than he had when she was his wife. When they were married, she was seated beside him at meals, but now she was seated apart from him, at a corner of an adjoining table. This lead Marillac to the conclusion that Henry would never remarry Anne. He did find that Henry and Anne seemed to be on “the best possible terms, and they supped do pleasantly together that some thought she was to be restored to her place”. So at least Henry had kept his word about treating her well.

Source:
Weir, A. (n.d.). Six Wives of Henry VIII.

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favorite fictional ladies | mary tudor (the tudors)
“If I do become Queen, I swear to you now, on the Holy Gospels and on the soul of my mother, that I will make England faithful again. I will do whatever it takes. I will burn however many heretics and spill as much blood as I have to.”