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The Tudors / Re: Anne Boleyn
« on: December 29, 2010, 10:39:00 PM »
Found this labeled as Anne-- I find that suspicious, first--the ruff she wears is plainly in the style of the later 1500s, when her daughter Elizabeth was queen, and secondly, her face looks too different to be in fact the personage it is labeled as.
What do you think?

Clearly not a contemporary portrait.  I have seen this one before though..

The Tudors / Re: Tudor costumes
« on: October 17, 2010, 05:58:22 PM »
I love French hoods too. My favorite period of Tudor fashion is before the big farthingales, more early-mid century. Here's the link to the Tudor page of my fashion site: (it's not finished yet, though.)   :)

Great site.  Look forward to watching it grow!

The Tudors / Re: Tudor costumes
« on: October 10, 2010, 03:29:01 PM »
Always loved the French hoods of the early Tudors and the snoods of the midcentury.  And love, love. love the rings on many fingers and the necklaces too.

The Tudors / Re: Anne of a Thousand Days--question
« on: October 10, 2010, 03:13:00 PM »
Anne of the Thousand Days might actually have made a PG rating.  No foul language, no sex, and only the Smeaton scene of torture. 

And I agree Genevieve Bujold was the best Anne by far.

The Tudors / Henry VIII's 500th anniversary - free podcasts
« on: August 12, 2009, 06:32:12 PM »
Found some fabulous free podcasts of lectures that were given this year at the British Library and thought others might like to listen.  Listening to Alison Weir on Anne Boleyn right now, but there are others by David Starkey, Tudor music experts, etc.  Just go to the main page of the British Library.  They are listed under the heading "Henry VIII: Man and Monarch".  Enjoy!

The Tudors / Need help - Anne Boleyn in France
« on: August 06, 2009, 01:17:24 PM »
I'm leaving for a trip to France on 24 August.  I would like to visit places that Anne Boleyn might have been at while she served in the French court.  Geeky as I am, I'm not quite sure which palaces or chateaus those would be.  Can anyone tell me?  Thanks!!

The Tudors / Re: Your favorite Tudors
« on: July 14, 2009, 11:51:20 PM »
1)  Elizabeth I
2) Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII
3)  Lady Jane Grey

Henry was not crazy.  Remember, he was a star in all categories - - athletic, brilliant, handsome, popular.  It was only in his mid to late 30's that he really became more unstable.  It was around this time that he suffered the leg injury that was going to plague him with pain and infection for the rest of his life.  He was unable to stay active, putting him in a bad mood and increasing his girth.  I think the frustration and physical changes that came along at this time really turned him into the caricature of the man he became.

The Tudors / Re: New Showtime Series About the Tudors
« on: May 10, 2009, 12:47:13 PM »
Dear Elisabeth,

Utter BS is correct!!!  In fact, pure BS is all it is and ever will be.....
I gave up on any historic accuracy when Margaret went off to Portugal and killed the King - - huh???

As to your first question:  "When is he going to get fat?" .... Probably never!!
Jonathan Rhys-Myers was on America's "Live with Regis & Kelly" last week and they showed a clip of him presenting Anne of Cleves to Mary & Elizabeth.  He was slim and young and looked the same as Episode 1 - 3 years ago....  He only has 7 more years to go, so he probably will die slim & trim & young & verile!!!


I didn't make it as far as you did.  I knew we were in for dreck when they killed the "King's Uncle", the ambassador, as the show opened.  The only uncles he could have had would have been the Princes in the Tower, who would have been kings of England before him.

But I am guilty of enjoying it for the eye candy factor.  Fit and trim Henry and Charles and more fun to look at, at least.

The Windsors / Re: Pictures of William and Harry
« on: May 06, 2009, 06:12:52 PM »
With his hairline changing, William looks more like Uncle Edward every day!

The key difference though was she was not brought up to be a Queen Regnant but to be a French Queen Consort. Had she remained in Scotland arguably she would have been more aware of the peculiar and particular problems of the Scots Crown. It is generally agreed that she was the spoilt and petted darling of the French court from her arrival not her fault but a fact.

Whilst Henri II lived France's religious problems were kept more under control, she and her young husband after his accession were largely dominated by her Guise relations who were on the arch catholic side and responsible for really pushing the French into the first religious wars of the 1560's.

She wasn't such an innocent child when she signed the secret codicils to her marriage treaty when asked to by Henri II which in effect turned Scotland into a french vassal state and piggy bank.

Her essential problem was as a Queen from birth she was completely and utterly secure in her position - her pride would never let her lose face or caste that was why she was so determined to marry again as soon as possible and was very very keen that her new husband was at least as high in rank as the dead Francois II - it was purely a coup de foudre and his own Tudor blood that lead her to marry Darnley.

You are right to say that her main problem was her flair for the dramatic which lead her to take reckless decisions and her willingness to trust people she shouldn't have done.

You make an excellent point about her upbringing.  She might indeed have been a better Scottish Queen had she been raised there.

Having Fun! / Re: 10 Royals You Would Invite to a Dinner Party
« on: April 13, 2009, 03:04:59 PM »
Great topic!  Think I'd invite all women...

1) Anne Boleyn
2) Elizabeth I

These two would be enough for the perfect dinner.

3) Queen Marie of Romania
4) Lady Jane Grey
5) Queen Carlotta of Mexico
6) Mafalda of Italy
7) Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of Edward IV
8) Empress Elizabeth of Austria
9)  Maria Feodorovna
10) Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland

The Tudors / Re: Katherine Parr?
« on: April 13, 2009, 11:12:56 AM »

The Tudors / Re: Katherine Parr?
« on: April 11, 2009, 04:21:25 PM »
There is a very early portrait of Catherine of Aragon that  shows the lovely light hair she had as a young woman.

The Tudors / Re: Katherine Parr?
« on: April 01, 2009, 08:51:25 PM »
Simply amazing!  It is hard to wrap my brain around the idea that this is really her hair.
I never thought of Katherine Parr as a blonde, probably because brunette Rosalie Crutchley portrayed her in The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

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