Mary Tudor and Anne Boleyn, by Sarah Bryson - Queen Anne Boleyn
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Meanwhile, court life continued. With Katharine and Mary still referred to as Queen and Princess of Wales respectively, Anne would have been obliged to follow etiquette and treat the twelve-year-old princess deferentially. One day, Henry and Anne rode out to the hunt, and did not return. They were never to see each other again.
Mary Tudor and Anne Boleyn, by Sarah Bryson
The king continued to see his daughter, although in a rather clandestine fashion. On one occasion, he met her out walking in the fields it is not clear where they were, but Henry might have been at Greenwich, with Mary three or four miles away at Eltham.
Henry and Anne travelled to France in the autumn ofand it was at Calais that they first consummated their relationship. On their return, there is one obscure record that mentions Henry meeting Mary at the Tower of London, to show her the new fortifications, several days after showing them to Anne and the rest of the court.
Henry would doubtless have been eager to keep his daughter and his mistress apart.
By JanuaryAnne knew herself pregnant. Mary can certainly not have been in ignorance of the splendid coronation that Anne received on 1st June, by now six months pregnant.
Henry and Anne were quite certain that a son was only a few weeks away. For Henry, this would have solved all his problems — few people would have put the claims of Mary above those of a son, born of a crowned queen.
Mary herself need not be declared illegitimate — it was widely accepted that children born of parents who had married in good faith were legitimate, and so, with a son in hand, this exception would have left Mary a marriageable daughter. But on 7th Septemberdisaster struck for Anne. Her longed-for child was a girl. The likelihood of anyone preferring Elizabeth, of doubtful legitimacy, over a fully-grown Mary, who had prestigious European relatives, was slim.
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This was the beginning of a long campaign of bullying and intimidation against Mary. The first move was to strip her of her household and send her as a subordinate to the newly formed household of Elizabeth. Mary reacted with outrage — she could not disobey her father as to where she lived, but she could, and did, refuse to acknowledge Elizabeth as anything more than his illegitimate daughter.
The Act of Succession of proclaimed Elizabeth as heir to the throne. Mary continued to protest. She was obliged to eat in the Great Hall with the rest of the household, rather than taking her meals in private; she could not attend Mass in the parish church; on one occasion her rooms were searched, and eventually, even her one chambermaid was taken from her.
Henry was in despair — he could not permit his daughter to disobey him on such a serious matter. He now called Mary his "greatest enemy" and told ambassadors she was trying to incite rebellion against him.
Anne is often portrayed as having been spiteful and vindictive to her stepdaughter, but the documentary evidence for their relationship actually indicates that Anne tried several times to reconcile with Mary, or to at least make peace.
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She first sent Mary a message, offering to intercede with the king on her behalf if she would but acknowledge Anne as queen. Mary sent back a "puzzled" response saying she knew of no queen in England but her mother, but if Lady Pembroke wished to assist her in reuniting with her father, she would be grateful.
According to legend, Anne and Mary were once in the chapel of Eltham at the same time. A lady in waiting erroneously informed Anne that Mary had bowed to her, but Anne hadn't noticed.
She sent Mary an apologetic note in which Anne explained she hadn't seen Mary's symbolic submission to her, but hoped this would be the beginning of friendly relations between the two.
Mary's ladies brought the note to her, saying it was from the queen. Mary retorted that the note couldn't be from the queen because it wasn't from Katharine. The story might not be true, but it illustrates the impasse of these two women. Anne was exasperated and frustrated by this. She'd tried kindness and patience, and that didn't work. He expected his daughter to be obedient, and her defiance was infuriating.
Henry ordered that Mary was to go serve her new half-sister Elizabeth as a maid, hoping to break her "stiff-necked Spanish pride. Who sent these instructions? Most history books attribute them to Anne, but I haven't seen documentary evidence of it. Likely, Eustace Chapuys heard of it and attributed it to Anne, as he did every cruel action Henry took toward his daughter. Despite the multiple conversations Chapuys had with Henry about the princess in which Henry restated his hostility to the girl for her refusal to obey, Chapuys believed it was Anne who put him in this "perverse temper.
Mary was truly Henry's daughter. Her will was iron. She would not bend. Her always-fragile health suffered, but Henry was unsympathetic. As far as he was concerned, her misery could end as soon as she was once again an obedient daughter, but until then, she could suffer in a situation of her own making. We can't know how Anne felt about Princess Mary.
If we accept the position of Eustace Chapuys, Anne despised her, but he's the sole source for most of this "information," and it's well-known that he was deeply biased, and not above reporting snippets of gossip as fact, as long as it made Anne look bad. Chapuys quoted Anne as saying that "[Mary] is my death, and I am hers," meaning, "That girl will be the death of me, or I'll be the death of her.
Chapuys also reported Anne told her brother if Henry left for France and made Anne regent, she'd take it as a chance to execute the girl, to which George replied the king might be upset. Anne supposedly said she didn't care if it meant her own death.
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Again, Chapuys reports these words literally, as statements of intent, but people sometimes say things they don't really mean in the heat of the moment. Anne is also known to have had a macabre sense of humor and may have even been joking about it in order to relieve stress.
And in this particular situation, we have to question whether they actually said them at all. Chapuys never gives a source for who overheard these supposed statements, only that it was someone he trusted. Why would Anne be stupid enough to publicly threaten to murder someone?
Who knows how many layers of " the telephone game " the story went through before it got to Chapuys's eager ears? Some historians acknowledge Chapuys's errors and biases, but then go on to report his words as established fact, basing judgments about Anne's actions and character on them. Anne tried one last time when Katharine died.
She told Mary she would find a second mother in Anne if Mary would obey her father and extend just the minimal courtesies. Mary retorted she would obey her father as far as her conscience would allow - which was, essentially, a flat-out refusal.
Soon afterward, Chapuys reported a strange incident. He said Mary found a letter in the chapel, addressed to her guardian, Lady Shelton.