The Birth of Venus
Let’s talk about Anne Boleyn for a second, shall we?
Yes, she was as charming and witty as all hell. And yes, she was pretty and fashionable and a good dancer and a bit of a flirt.
But she was also INCREDIBLY intelligent. She spoke fluent French, and was super interested in poetry and literature and art, including being BFFs with one of the most important poets of the time. She had really strong opinions on politics and religion and the radical changes happening in Europe, and she was instrumental in presenting these ideas to the King and influencing his own opinions on them. She helped promote the translation of scripture into English (a totally radical and very non-Catholic thing at the time) and brought many key pamphlets and arguments to the king and the court. While in favor, she could basically just say the word to veto any ideas or get a person sent out of favor, and she was definitely not afraid to use that influence or make her opinions known.
Oh, and she was so skilled at court manipulations and understanding the King that she managed to avoid being his mistress (like many ambitious women before her) and instead convinced him to change the whole religion of the country and divorce his incredibly popular wife to make her queen.
She was also not always the nicest person. She had a pretty fierce temper, and could get into some really passionate, wild arguments, especially with the King. She did not get on at all with the teenage princess Mary, who was the biggest threat to her own daughter’s claim to the throne, and she was reported as saying, in fits of temper, that she would have Mary killed if given the chance, even if she was made to burn for it. When she found out that Henry had given a locket to Jane Seymour, she tore it from around the other woman’s neck, so forcefully that her fingers bled. She could be a pretty dangerous person when she wanted to be — but that was, in part, because she understood how precarious her situation was. She was outspoken and intense and generally not what you might expect a seductive court lady to be.
She was not only a major force in her own time, but also shaped the course of English history for centuries after her death… and yet she’s remembered as a witch with six fingers (not true) who wrapped the King of England under her spell. At best, she’s pitied for being used as a political pawn by those around her. And she was a pawn at the end, executed for reasons entirely out of her control. But she also an absolute whirlwind of personality and intelligence, and a total badass.
So yeah. Yay Anne Boleyn!
Tom Riddle hit the floor with a mundane finality, his body feeble and shrunken, the white hands empty, the snakelike face vacant and unknowing. Voldemort as dead, killed by his own rebounding curse, and Harry stood with two wands in his hand, staring down at his enemy’s shell.
my cousin has twin sons named flynn and ryder and i said “your sons names are flynn…and ryder…?” thinking it was just a funny coincidence and she looked at me kind of ashamed and whispered “i just really like tangled”
This will be me when I have children…..