A list of quotes about or by Anne Boleyn:

  • “And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best” – Anne Boleyn.
  • “No English Queen has made more impact on the history of the nation than Anne Boleyn, and few have been so persistently maligned.” – Joanna Denny in ‘Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England’s Tragic Queen’.
  • “It was not a coalition of factions that brought down Anne but Henry’s disaffection caused by her miscarriage of a defective child, the one act, besides adultery, that would certainly destroy his trust in her.” – Retha Warnicke
  • “By daily proof you shall me find, to be to you both loving and kind.” – Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII in her Book of Hours.
  • “She who has been the Queen of England on earth will today become a Queen in Heaven.” – Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, after hearing that Anne Boleyn had been executed.
  • “Ainsi sera groigne qui groigne (Let them grumble; that is how it is going to be).” – One of Anne Boleyn’s mottos.
  • “Captivating to men, Anne was also sharp, assertive, subtle, calculating, vindictive, a power dresser and a power player, perhaps a figure to be more admired than liked.” – Eric Ives in ‘The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn’.
  • If it be true that is openly reported of the Queen’s Grace… I am in such perplexity that my mind is clean amazed; for I never had better opinion in woman than I had in her; which maketh me to think that she should not be culpable… Next to Your Grace, I was most bound to her of all creatures living… I wish and pray for her that she may declare herself inculpable and innocent… I loved her not a little for the love which I judged her to bear towards God and His Gospel. – Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, after hearing about Anne’s arrest.
  • “You look for dead men’s shoes, for if aught came to the King but good, you would look to have me.” – Anne Boleyn to Sir Henry Norris, after she asks him why he has been delaying his marriage to her cousin Madge Shelton.
  • “For her behaviour, manners, attire and tongue she excelled them all.” – Lancelot de Carles.
  • “Anne Boleyn is an intriguing character. She seems to appeal to modern-day women in a very potent way. Because she was such an independently opinionated and spirited young woman, which at the time was unheard of.” – Natalie Dormer.
  • I find her so bright and pleasant for her young age that I am more beholden to you for sending her to me than you are to me. – Archduchess Margaret of Austria, who had Anne as a maid of honour in her household.
  • “But Elizabeth is yours. Watch her as she grows; she’s yours. She’s a Tudor! Get yourself a son off of that sweet, pale girl if you can – and hope that he will live! But Elizabeth shall reign after you! Yes, Elizabeth – child of Anne the Whore and Henry the Blood-Stained Lecher – shall be Queen! And remember this: Elizabeth shall be a greater queen than any king of yours! She shall rule a greater England than you could ever have built! Yes – My Elizabeth shall be Queen! And my blood will have been well spent!” – Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days (played by Geneviève Bujold).
  • “Here is a book of prophecy. This is the King- this is the Queen- and this is myself… with my head cut off.” – Anne Boleyn in The Tudors (played by Natalie Dormer).
  • Imbued with as many outward good qualities in playing on instruments, singing, and such other courtly graces, as few women were of her time. – William Thomas.
  • “Perhaps I am not meant to die. These postponements they mean something. Perhaps the king is testing me? I will be sent to a nunnery?”  – Anne Boleyn in The Tudors (played by Natalie Dormer).
  • “I do not say that I have always borne towards the King the humility which I owed him, considering his kindness and the great honour he showed me and the great respect he always paid me; I admit too, that often I have taken it into my head to be jealous or him… But may God be my witness if I have done him any other wrong.” – Anne Boleyn at her trial.
    • ‘O death, rock me asleep, Bring me on quiet rest, Let pass my very guiltless ghost Out of my careful breast; Toll on the passing bell, Ring out my doleful knell, Let the sound my death tell. For I must die, There is no remedy, For now I die.My paines who can express? Alas! they are so strong, My dolour will not suffer strength, My life for to prolong; Toll on the passing bell, Ring out the doleful knell, Let the sound my death tell, For I must die, There is no remedy, For now I die.Alone in prison strong, I wail my destiny; Wo worth this cruel hap that I Should taste this misery. Toll on the passing bell, Ring out the doleful knell, Let the sound my death tell, For I must die, There is no remedy, For now I die.Farewell my pleasures past, Welcome my present pain, I feel my torments so increase, That life cannot remain. Cease now the passing bell, Rung is my doleful knell, For the sound my death doth tell, Death doth draw nigh, Sound my end dolefully, For now I die.’ – A poem said to have been written by Anne Boleyn just before her execution.
    • “I shall be dark and French and fashionable and difficult. And you shall be sweet and open and English and fair. What a pair we shall be! What man can resist us?”
      ― Anne to Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl book by Philippa Gregory.
    • “Anne Boleyn had the gift of arousing strong feelings. People were never neutral: they either loved her or loathed her.” – David Starkey in ‘Six Queens: The Queens of Henry VIII’.
    • “Famously, Anne Boleyn was not a beauty: she was more about quirkiness and an innate sensuality, and there are a lot of references to her eyes. Which sends out a great message for women, because life is not about the aesthetic all the time.”- Natalie Dormer.
    • “I know how I got there, Father. And it was not all you. It was not all you, or Norfolk, or George, or any other man you want to name! It was also me. He fell in love with me, he respected me!” – Anne Boleyn in the Tudors.
    • “Remember me when you do pray, that hope doth lead from day to day.” – Anne Boleyn in her Book of Hours.
    • “My lord,
      Though you are a man of great understanding, you cannot avoid being censured by every body for having drawn on yourself the hatred of a king who had raised you to the highest degree to which the greatest ambition of a man seeking his fortune can aspire. I cannot comprehend, and the king still less, how your reverent lordship, after having allured us by so many fine promises about divorce, can have repented of your purpose, and how you could have done what you have, in order to hinder the consummation of it. What, then, is your mode of proceeding? You quarreled with the queen to favor me at the time when I was less advanced in the king’s good graces; and after having therein given me the strongest marks of your affection, your lordship abandons my interests to embrace those of the queen.” – Part of Anne Boleyn’s letter to Cardinal Wolsey in 1529.




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