period: Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn, 1st Marchioness of Pembroke (ca 1504–1536) was the second wife of king Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. King Henry’s marriage to Anne, and her subsequent execution, were part of the complex beginning of the considerable political and religious upheavals of the English Reformation; with Anne herself as an active player, promoting the cause of Church reform. She is remembered because she was beheaded on charges of adultery, incest and treason in 1536. Despite this, belief in her innocence was widespread and she was later celebrated as a martyr in English Protestant culture, particularly through the works of John Foxe.

The movies

A Man for All Seasons (1966): with Vanessa Redgrave, in an early and very small role, as Anne Boleyn. Eric Allwright & George Frost were the makeup artists.

Young Bess (1953): with Elaine Stewart as Anne. Coming soon …