The Creation of Anne Boleyn
The Creation of Anne Boleyn

The Creation of Anne Boleyn

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The Creation of Anne Boleyn
The Creation of Anne Boleyn

The Creation of Anne Boleyn

​Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life. How could Henry order the execution of a once beloved wife? Drawing on scholarship and critical analysis, Bordo probes the complexities of one of history’s most infamous relationships.
From Anne Boleyn to Hillary Clinton: Gender, Politics, and Myth
From Anne Boleyn to Hillary Clinton: Gender, Politics, and Myth

From Anne Boleyn to Hillary Clinton: Gender, Politics, and Myth

To begin by being thoroughly “transparent,” I am one of those post-65-year-old women with a Hillary sign in my front yard. Or, to be more exact, who had a Hillary sign in her front yard. Two actually. They both were stolen and I don’t believe it was so the folks who stole them could put them in their own front yard. So I guess the more precise word is that they were confiscated.
Why Not Just Admit It’s Fiction?
Why Not Just Admit It’s Fiction?

Why Not Just Admit It’s Fiction?

When I interviewed Hilary Mantel in 2011 while she was still writing Bring Up the Bodies, she described her characters as belonging to “a chain of literary representation.”

Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything You’ve Heard About Anne Boleyn
Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything You’ve Heard About Anne Boleyn

Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything You’ve Heard About Anne Boleyn

“Incredibly vain, ambitious, unscrupulous, coarse, fierce, and relentless.”
It’s an instantly recognizable image of Anne Boleyn…

8 Anne Boleyn Myths Debunked
8 Anne Boleyn Myths Debunked

8 Anne Boleyn Myths Debunked

​Anne Boleyn. There are few famous people about whom we have imagined so much, yet know so little…

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.

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.

Natalie and Anne
Natalie and Anne

Natalie and Anne

Natalie Dormer, the 26 year-old actress who was chosen to play the role of Anne Boleyn, approached her assignment very differently. Natalie has strong opinions about the real Anne, and when she got the role, was excited over the prospect of embodying her as accurately as possible.