Queen Anne Boleyn

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The modern world has come a long way from centuries ago. Women still maintain the fight to be seen as equal to that of men; however, in England during the 16th century women virtually had no rights or, for that matter, respect in which every person should be entitled. During this time, not only Kings had absolute power but all men had absolute power. Therefore, imagine retaining any trace of courageousness within yourself in a foreign world where landing a rich husband, no matter how old or vile, and bearing sons were considered a successful life. Living in this antecedent world, one woman dared to challenge the standards: One woman demanded equal respect, defied a myriad of enemies, spoke out against her King, and was unjustly put to death…show more content…
She was also the mother of the future Queen of England, Elizabeth I, arguably one of the greatest monarchs to ever reign. Though Anne’s later life would be the topic of controversy, her early life and journey to the role of Queen are small yet vital pieces to understanding the fascinating enigma that is Anne Boleyn. Interpreting the motivation as to why Henry VIII eventually would put a woman he, quite literally, tore his country apart for to death is also imperative. Perhaps the most chilling yet interesting part being is that Anne was completely innocent of the hearsay that took her life. Claire Ridgway, an author of many books regarding Anne and the Tudor Times, who also runs a website dedicated to debunking the lies that have stuck with Anne for almost 500 years, states, “…Anne Boleyn being accused of treason, adultery and incest (even witchcraft) just does not sit comfortably with the evidence that points at Anne being a highly religious woman, a Reformist and an intelligent woman who knew her husband well. Anne had high morals and was not stupid; there is no way that she would risk committing such crimes.” Furthermore, it is important to consider the significant influence Anne’s childhood education and role models had on her in later…show more content…
She was sent to the Netherlands to begin her early education in the household of the Archduchess of Austria, Margaret. Anne also served as a lady in waiting to two Queens of France: Mary Tudor, Henry VIII’s sister, and Queen Claude. During her time in both the Netherlands and in France, Anne developed her deep love and admiration for music, poetry, art, and religious liturgy. Eric Ives, the unofficial biographer of Anne, writes, “As well as absorbing the best education Europe could offer, Anne learned by observation, and learned quickly” (25). He further describes the perfect imitation of the women around her which, in the future, would set her apart from others. Her sudden return to England was the definite turning point in her

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