Alice’s Restaurant

May 21, 2007

The Tudors: Anne In The Way

Filed under: Henry VIII, History with Mr. Al, Research — aliceaudrey @ 11:22 pm

We will be doing two Tudors this week as Anne slides into her dreaded fate, a short one today and a long one tomorrow.

By February 1536 the bloom was off the lily. Anne was, as far as Henry was concerned, never going to produce a male heir. She also began to vent her notoriously nasty temper on Henry. Something she had tried to avoid during their courtship. She even objected, loudly and in public, to his recreational sex with serving girls. How unreasonable! A guy needs a hobby, doesn’t he? Gee whiz, She didn’t want him to have any fun at all!

It didn’t help that certain persons were very aware of the Queen’s waning influence and decided to take advantage of it. One of the Queen’s ladies, Jane Seymour, an ambitious young thing of good family, was assiduously prepped by people with experience in such things to catch the king’s eye. Catch it she did. In the months leading up to the Anne/Henry denouement Henry bestowed a number of lavish gifts upon young Jane. Secretly, at first, through intermediaries. And then publicly, from his hands to hers. Anne’s response was to chastise Henry, which only drove him further away.

Anne knew the vultures were circling, but being Anne, she didn’t know how to stop it. She had manipulated people all her life to get what she wanted. She was a fish out of water in a situation she could not exert direct control over. If she didn’t know the details of what was up, the members of her faction did. Or at least they knew enough to get out of the way. As was to happen to another unfortunate young woman, family members became her most vocal enemies.

The death of Katherine the previous month, A drawn-out, agonizing death from a disease that Henry would not allow to be treated, in the most dismal surroundings Henry could find for her, didn’t cheer him up for long. After the Katherine business, Henry was in no mood for protracted divorce proceedings. The solution? Kill Anne! He considered accusing her of witchcraft, a capital crime, but there was no evidence. Henry wanted an open/shut case with “justice” delivered as swiftly as possible.

 God knows Anne had made enough enemies during her rise to power that Henry would have no difficulty stacking a courtroom against her. Henry considered the valuable years squandered on that Boleyn bitch and could just kick himself!  Oh well, no time for regrets. He had wife number three, Jane Seymour, waiting in the wings, ready and able to start popping out male babies.

But what to accuse Anne of? It had to be bad. So bad that Anne would not only lose her husband, but her head as well. Adultery? Sure, it was a 24-carat gold reason for divorce, but even in a queen it wasn’t a capital crime. It WAS a capital crime for the man who had sex with her; he could be charged with treason and put to death. But that wasn’t the point. Unless…


Mr. Al, must you leave me hanging?  Good thing I’m posting the next installment tomorrow.



  1. Unless…

    Lol Mr. Al. Well done! 😉

    Comment by Anastasia — May 22, 2007 @ 2:35 am

  2. Unless…??? Oh, that’s just evil. *checking my watch and my calendar* Is it tomorrow yet?

    Comment by Donna — May 22, 2007 @ 9:21 am

  3. Oooh! I love Tudor stories! 🙂

    Comment by Suzanne — May 22, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

  4. Mr. Al! How can you leave us hanging like that? No fair. I will be looking forward to satisfying my curiosity with tomorrow’s installment.


    Comment by Laurie — May 22, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

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