The Page 99 Test: Susan Bordo’s “The Creation of Anne Boleyn”
The Page 99 Test: Susan Bordo’s “The Creation of Anne Boleyn”

The Page 99 Test: Susan Bordo’s “The Creation of Anne Boleyn”

Page 99 of The Creation of Anne Boleyn takes us right to the heart of Anne’s downfall: The times, to anachronistically poach from Bob Dylan, were a ‘changing. Yes, Anne had failed to produce a son for Henry VIII, and yes, Thomas Cromwell had his own reasons to plot against her. Yes, she had many enemies at court, and yes, there was Jane Seymour waiting in the wings, with the promise of greater obedience than feisty Anne and fresher eggs for the incubation of a royal heir.

The White Queen: Having it All in the Fifteenth Century
The White Queen: Having it All in the Fifteenth Century

The White Queen: Having it All in the Fifteenth Century

​What’s Ever since Thelma and Louise clasped hands and took fatal flight into the Grand Canyon, there’s been no shortage in pop culture of fierce women willing to risk it all for their integrity, freedom, or justice. Has anyone noticed, however, how unlucky they are in love?….

What Did Anne Boleyn Really Look Like?
What Did Anne Boleyn Really Look Like?

What Did Anne Boleyn Really Look Like?

Co-authored by Lucy Churchill. What did Anne Boleyn really look like?

Susan casts a movie of her book
Susan casts a movie of her book

Susan casts a movie of her book

You might think it would be a daunting task to pick out actors to play characters who have been cast, often memorably, many times before. But actually, it’s an opportunity that I have fantasized about. It is well known to Tudor scholars but virtually no one else that the BBC, Hollywood, and Showtime have rarely made choices that remotely resembled—either physically or in their “essence”—the central players in the drama of Henry VIII and ill-fated Anne Boleyn.