Anne Boleyn Brown Overdress Costume
Stand strong in your beliefs in the Adult Anne Boleyn Costume. Anne Boleyn was Queen of England and second wife of Henry VIII. Anne Boleyn was eventually executed and became a martyr key figure in the political and religious upheaval at start of the English Reformation.
The Ann Boleyn costume has, a brown era style overdress with lace up tie at the bodice to cinch in the waist, an under dress with elegant scroll pattern and a matching headpiece and veil. To create a more authentic Anne Boleyn costume, consider purchasing pearl style jewelry, an era style wig, mid calf boots and false eyelashes.
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The Story of Ann Boleyn
When the sister of Henry VIII, a young and blooming girl of sixteen, arrived in France to wed Luis XII, a monarch old enough to be her grandfather, she was attended by several young ladies belonging to the noblest families of England. Among them was Ann Boleyn, celebrated not only by her misfortunes and untimely end, but on account of her being the immediate cause of the reformation, or establishment of the Protestant religion in England. Hers is an eventful history.
Ann was the daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, a gentleman allied to the noblest houses in the kingdom. His mother was of the house of Ormond, and his grandfather, when mayor of London, had married one of the daughters of Lord Hastings. Lady Boleyn, Ann's mother, was a daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. Sir Thomas Boleyn being a man of talent, had been employed by the king in several diplomatic missions, which he had successfully executed. When the Princess Mary left England to wear, for three short months, the crown of Queen Consort of France, Ann was very young; she therefore finished her education at the French Court, where her beauty and accomplishments were highly valued.
After the death of Louis XII, his young widow having married Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and returned to England, Ann entered the service of Claude, wife of Francis I. On the death of this queen, she had an appointment in the household of the Duchess of Alençon, a very distinguished princes; but she retained it only a few months, and then returned to her native country.
The precise period of her arrival in England is not accurately known; but it was a fatal day for Catherine of Arragon, to whom she was soon after appointed maid of honor. In this situation she had frequent opportunities of conversing with the king; he was not proof against her fascinations, and became deeply enamored of her. But Henry's was the love of the sensualist -- its only aim was self-gratifcation -- and whereever it fell, it withered or destroyed.
Until Henry beheld Ann Boleyn, he had never expressed any dissatisfaction at his marriage with Catherine. On a sudden, he received scruples with regard to this union. It was monstrou7s -- it was incestuous, he said; and he could not reconcile it to his conscience to consider his brother's widow any longer his wife.
It is true, that Catherine had gone through a ceremony at the alter, with Arthur, Prince of Wales, Henry's elder brother; but the prince had died soon after, being then only seventeen years of age. And when political reasons subsequently led to the marriage between Catherine and Henry, the new Prince of Wales felt no scruples -- nay, his conscience slumbered twenty years before it was awakened to a sense of the enormity which now afflicted him.
But awakened at length it was; and it appeared to him under the form of a young girl beaming with beauty, wit, and loveliness. The conversation and manners of Ann Boleyn had a peculiar charm, which threw all the other English ladies into the shade. She had acquired it at the most polished and elegant, but perhaps the most licentious, court in Europe; and when Henry, fascinated by her wit, gazed with rapture on her fair form -- when he listened with intense delight to her thoughtless sallies, and madly loved on, little did she think that, while her conduct was pure, this very thoughtlessness of speech would one day be expiated by a public and disgraceful death.
Ann refused to become the king's mistress; for she very justly though, that the more elevated dishonor is, the more clearly it is perceived.
"My birth is noble enough," she said, "to entitle me to become your wife. If it be true, as you assert, that your marriage with the queen is incestuous, let a divorce be publicly pronounced, and I am yours."
This sealed the fate of Catherine of Arragon. Henry immediately directed Cardinal Wolsey, his prime minister and favorite, to write to Rome, and obtain a brief from the Pope, annulling his marriage. Knight, the king's secretary, was likewise dispatched thither to hasten the conclusion of this business.