Now that I’m done watching The Other Boleyn Girl which is said to be a true story, it made the history of England more enticing to dig on. However, before I do that. I’d like to share my reflection on this movie and a few spoilers as well.
The story is tragic not because it ended morbidly but because it was filled with betrayal, ambitious desires, greed, and treachery. Things you wouldn’t expect to happen in real life but it did happen in a time where you thought people were kinder and nicer.
The story started with a dilemma of King Henry VIII not being able to have a male successor. As you know, to be able to stay and to have continuous power, a king must have a son to whom he shall pass the throne and the whole kingdom. Unfortunately, Catherine of Aragon, the Queen, had a miscarriage and wasn’t able to provide a son to King Henry VIII.
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk was one of the main antagonists in this story. It was Thomas’ idea to get the king a mistress to bore him a son because at that time the queen had already lost the capacity to get pregnant. It was his proposal as well to choose his niece, Anne Boleyn, as a mistress.
Ambitious, full of wit and vigor, that is Anne Boleyn. One that believes a woman can equal a man.
While Anne displays a strong and independent personality, Mary Boleyn, her sister, was an exact opposite.
During a ball in their town, Anne caught the King’s attention however she failed to maintain it as the king was badly hurt after the deer hunting. It was Anne’s fault because the king followed her into a ravine. Anne did not fall as she already memorized the ins and outs of the forest but unluckily, the king fell and so does his short term fascination to Anne.
That night, the king had to rest and had to have a few stitches in his wound. Mary was now assigned to take care of the king. No one knows what happened after an hour and a half of that but the next day, the king was decisive.
He made an arrangement to Mary’s father and uncle to make Mary and Anne the queen’s maids and since Mary is married, they have to keep her apart from his husband and more closer to the king. It was obvious and controversial that his father and uncle were old-day pimps whoring the lady to the king. Mary’s resistance was no match for she was requested by the most powerful man in England.
Anne, who always treat everything as a competition, had her eyes on Mary. The once loving elder sister became Mary’s mortal enemy.
The king desires for Mary grew fervently. He arranged a ball in the palace and intentionally went to whisper to Mary’s ear and said ‘Tonight.’
And so it did happen. Surprisingly, the passionate nights lead Mary to her pitfall, falling in love with the king. She was eventually impregnated but her and the baby’s condition was critical that they have to lock her in a room away from the king.
For Anne, it was a great opportunity. As she went back to England, she has also brought the elegance, refinement, and humor she learned from staying in France. Thus, the King desires took a detour and found himself, sending gifts to Anne, in which Anne would refuse purposely. She knew that her refusal would make him follow like a dog. She was right.
Anne’s selfish plans begin to take place. She had convinced the king to annul his marriage to Queen Catherine of Aragon which will also affect the relationship between England and the Roman Catholics. It was a war in the making. They then got married but they were never happy. The relationship was driven by lust.
Anne gave birth to Elizabeth a healthy girl but then they need a son. So Anne was pregnant again and unfortunately had a miscarriage. She then told this to her siblings, Mary and George.
It did not happen. George cried and told Anne, he can’t do it but it was too late. George’s wife, a jealous freak has reported that he saw George and Anne in a room.
Then, all the things that Anne have, went quickly as it came. She was then put into the trial because they were accused of incest. Her innocent brother George was beheaded. And so is Anne.
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