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

Interesting and insightful article on the many incarnations of Anne Boleyn in popular culture. No doubt, she remains a woman for all seasons. As our perception changes, so does our perception of her.

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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