Anne Boleyn’s Stepmother: A Life Not Lived

Well, isn’t this certainly true? Anne Boleyn’s imaginary stepmother sure has had some pretty big impact and great effects on the evolution of Tudor-era Boleyn-centered novels in the 20th century šŸ™‚

The first misfortune that befell Anne was the loss of her mother, Lady Boleyn, who died in the year 1512, of puerperal feverā€¦. Sir Thomas Boleyn married again; at what period of life we have no record, but it is certain that Anneā€™s stepmother was a Norfolk woman of humble origin.

ā€” Agnes Strickland, Lives of the Queens of England

A combination of a misreading and a misprinted date in a memorial of the Howard family were, according to Philip Sergeant, the causes of Agnes Stricklandā€™s mistaken ā€œfurnishing of a stepmotherā€ for Anne Boleyn. Having read that Elizabeth Howard died before 1520 and yet seeing references to ā€œLady Wiltshireā€, the wife of Thomas Boleyn, which extended past Anneā€™s death, she concluded that Thomas Boleyn must have become a widower and then married again. She also deduced that Anne must have been ā€œtenderly attachedā€ to this mysterious woman, who after allā€¦

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Why Y’all Should Totally Know About the Legend that is Matilda of Tuscany

Why Y’all Should Totally Know About the Legend that is Matilda of Tuscany

While this is definitely not the first time I’ve heard of Matilda of Tuscany, also known as Matilda of Canossa, this is the first time I’ve read detailed information about her and her religious life filled with years spent fighting for the Popes and the Church, and I’ve definitely decided her to be now one of my favorite ass-kicking, awesome historicalĀ noblewomen/figures šŸ˜€