I’m obsessed with Anne Boleyn.
Obsessed with her. Just gonna stare at her for a while:
I’m obsessed in the same way I’m obsessed with Brooke Astor, or Madame Pompadour. I think she’s a lady, basically. I think she handled an extremely difficult situation really well.
Catherine Howard may be the more interesting of the two but - in my opinion - Anne was the one you should emulate. King Henry VIII, who had been contemplating divorcing his first wife and remarrying for ten years by the time he took up with Anne, pursued her relentlessly. She politely demurred.
Which is surprising, as Anne is generally made out to be a wily seductress. To be fair she was a lively member of the English court (when she was made queen she adopted the motto “the most happy” which stood in marked contrast to Henry’s first wife’s motto “humble and loyal.”) Anne was 19 by the time she started seeing King Henry, and she almost certainly had premarital relations with Henry Percy.