An Illusion of Virtue

Fiction can be more society shaping than fact, particularly where historical figures are involved. Ask anyone on the street their impression of Henry VIII, and most impressions will come not from historical documentation but popular fictionalized representations of a larger than life tyrant. Perhaps the most accessible contributor to Henry’s maligned reputation comes from The …

Femnista May / June 2016

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Anne of the Thousand Ways: The many faces of Anne Boleyn in popular culture

I thought about writing up something along these lines, but it looks as if I do not have to! Hope you have all enjoyed Tudor Week!

Headmaster Rituals or Barbarisms Began at Home?

Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn in BBC's Wolf Hall (2015) Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn in BBC’s Wolf Hall (2015)

Anne Boleyn has completely beguiled me since I was four years old. I remember vividly in the late 1980’s leaving a birthday party early with my mother to watch Anne of the Thousand Days on TV. I was as entranced with the film as she had been at my age. Living so close to Hever Castle, Anne’s ancestral home, used extensively in the film, bought history to life for me. I have visited Hever more times than I would care to confess in writing, and yet it still holds me in its grip, encouraging me to listen for conversations long past, hints of the events that happened between then and now. My idea of Anne was undoubtedly shaped by both this initial cultural representation of Anne, and my visits to this site. But the Anne that Genevieve Bujold played varies vastly…

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Altering the Truth

There is storytelling and there is revision. The former means entwining actual events with fictional characters, and the latter includes rearranging fictional facts to suit your agenda. As a writer, I’m caught between admiration for those who do it well and horror for those who change things too much. I’m also uncertain whether or not it …