(Boleyn Necklace © Wendy Brandes 2007-2008)
(Photo by John Muggenborg)
I’m continuing last week’s post on Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, or “Henry teh 8” as I will now call him thanks to whoever hit my blog with that search term. In case you’ve forgotten (or never known), Anne is the first “beheaded” in the mnemonic for Henry’s six wives: “Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.”
One of the comments on my last post reminded me I didn’t tell my most personal Anne Boleyn story … the story that thanks to 20/20 hindsight predicts my career as a jewelry designer/royal biography reader! When I was eight or nine years old, my parents went to London and came back with books for me. I was fascinated by the spooky-looking old paintings, especially one of a dark-haired lady with a “B” necklace. It always stayed in my mind that someday I’d make a “B for Brandes” necklace for myself. And lo and behold it finally happened! So, you see, I have a connection with Anne from way back in the day.
Speaking of that moment, which seems like it was from another lifetime, my favorite fictional Anne Boleyn book is all about other lifetimes. Threads by Nell Gavin is narrated by the disembodied spirit form of Anne, who reviews her lives with Henry. Yes, multiple lives, because in this book, their courtship and marriage in the 1500s was only one of several lifetimes spent together. You don’t have to believe in reincarnation or know much about Anne to enjoy this book. Normally, I would find the reincarnation theme to be a bit hokey, but it really worked for me here, primarily because it is not about some kind of perfect love throughout the centuries. Quite the opposite. It seems like Anne and Henry are going to keep finding each until they learn to be better people. It’s very royal-history-meets-Hinduism and it works. I guarantee you will have tears in your eyes at the end.
I have many more Anne books to cover, but I’m very grumpy today and I don’t want to take it out on Anne. She’s suffered enough. I’ll finish the Anne books next week and then we can move on to Jane Seymour, the queen who died a natural death.
In Yr Fshn says
Oh no! Buck up! It’s a beautiful day! Don’t let gold prices get you down!
I love the B necklace. I was researching Ann Boleyn for a history project and came across the portrait of her wearing it. what a coincidence. thank you for being our first ever commenter! how lovely!
Oh, IFY, I think I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Which is odd because I was physically on the same side as usual.
i love that necklace. it’s so gorgeous!
In Yr Fshn says
That happens. It’s a weird and little studied phenonmenon.
omg i have to buy that necklace! where can i? i have been out looking for a B necklace ever since i saw ugly betty wearing one. i’m also hoping after the movie comes out, it will influence the fashion! *knock on wood* i would be in heaven if that happened!
Well, Mikkle, if you don’t want to pay $8,000 for my diamond version *grin* this one is a little cheaper:
ooo thanks so much! though i think urs is much prettier, i must say the price is a lot more attractive on the other one for a college studentbudget!when i find a nice rich husband i will be back to buy yours!
Ha ha! Thanks Mikkle. Maybe you’ll be pulling in the big bucks yourself someday soon 😉
Bobble Bee says
Henry teh 8 … that’s pretty hilarious