Four hundred and seventy five years ago today Anne Boleyn will be tried, found guilty and condemned to death.
Anne Boleyn, 17th century, by Frans Pourbus. This portrait is a lovely interpretation of Elizabeth I’s mother, painted a century after her death. It places great emphasis upon Anne’s most celebrated feature, her beautiful eyes. It seems that, with the exception of the disputed Holbein sketches, she looks quite different in every portrayal. The increasing romanticization of her image was largely the result of her daughter’s phenomenal popularity. The attendant decline of Catholicism also gave Anne newfound status as Henry VIII’s legitimate wife.