I also personally believe that the relationship between Anne and her parents is much misunderstood. We hear much of Thomas but little of Elizabeth. However, I don’t believe that this was a reflection of a cold and distant maternal presence in Anne’s life; just that as a woman, Elizabeth Boleyn’s thoughts and actions were not recorded. However, we have a fragment of evidence that suggests that if anything Anne's relationship with her mother was extremely close (Anne’s fears for her mother’s well-being seemed to have been one of the first things on her mind when she was committed to the Tower). At the same time, I also do not believe for a moment that Anne was manoeuvred like a helpless pawn in a game of court faction and family power plays by her father or the Duke of Norfolk. There is nothing in Anne's character to me that suggests that she humbly submitted to the will of the men around her. Anne had grown up in the Hapsburg and French courts surrounded by three redoubtable women who very clearly wielded considerable power over the men in their lives; Margaret of Austria, Louise of Savoy and Margaret of Navarre. More recent research that I have done on Anne's early life for one of my next projects has brought home to me just how Anne's impressionable young mind must have been thoroughly shaped by the example that these three women set. Throughout her story, it is clear that once Anne was in love with Henry, she was as committed to a successful outcome as Henry himself. It seems to me that to believe that Anne was a helpless victim, wholly manipulated by ambitious men, does her a considerable disservice.
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