Art historian, lecturer and author Melanie V. Taylor is very active within the Tudor Society (you should join if you haven’t already!) as the resident art historian, and she regularly lectures in her local area in England. She’s also preparing a series to go on the website… but that’s another story!

In this talk, Melanie discusses some of the places that we can get to “see” Anne Boleyn, whether that is through portraits or things which she touched and left behind. Melanie is always fascinating to listen to, and her knowledge always shines through in her talks

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To be in with a chance to win a copy of “The Truth of the Line” we’d like you to comment below about any image, item or place related to Anne Boleyn that has caught your imagination. Is it the Tower of London? Hever? A portrait? A letter? Her necklace? What is that says “Anne Boleyn” to you?

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  3. Helle Nordentoft |

    Nothing says “Anne Boleyn” to me more than the graffiti of her Falcon Badge scribbled into the walls of the Beauchamp Tower at The Tower of London by an anonymous person. After her death someone took the time to carve out her badge and in doing so acknowledged her struggle, her life and her as a queen.

  4. Teresa Wells |

    I would love to see Hever Castle!! I have been to the Tower of London it was amazing and so was the glass pillow it was gorgeous!!

  5. Tina Samuels |

    Very interesting! Always like learning more about the various representations of Anne .

  6. BethAnn Blum |

    Her famous necklace says Anne Boelyn to me, firstly.
    Secondly, her portrait. Judging by today’s standards, she was not anout and out beauty but it is said that Henry was attracted to her mind. Today I enjoyed following links to the Victorian period excavations of the chancel in the tower and the description of her remains. She indeed did have “a little neck.”

  7. Patricia Fiscella |

    I have loved the story of Anne Boleyn since I was a small child, and love all things Tudor and English. The place that I would most like to visit the most is the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London to visit her last resting place below the altar. Other than the Tower, I would love to see her childhood home, Hever Castle. To me, these two places held the most significance in Anne’s life, and seeing them would be like grasping a glimpse of what SHE saw.

  8. jemma robertson |

    It makes you really feel in anne boleyns shoes at the tower of london imagining how she must of felt to find out her fate. I would absolutely love to visit hever as its somewhere I’ve never been and looks very romantic

  9. sylvia allen |

    One of the more obscure places was at Runnymede.There is a very old yew tree at least a couple of thousand year old. Henry and Anne were said to have met at this tree very early on in to their love affair. To touch that magical old tree where Henry and Anne could have touched or lent upon was very moving . What was said or discussed by these two at the very birth of their relationship I find quite emotional.

  10. Corinna Hahn |

    There are two images that say “Anne Boleyn” to me, when I look at them:
    1. The Hoskins miniature:
    In my opinion Anne just jumps in your face when you look at this portrait, the way she looks at you is just so vivid and real and it looks very similiar to the Checker’s Ring portrait that Elizabeth owned. I think her personality really shines through this picture.

    2. The Beauchamp Tower falcon crest graffiti at the Tower of London:
    This was clearly made by someone who thought of Anne Boleyn when he carved it into the wall. The falcon who has lost its crown and scepter and the A which is turned upside down – how could it be more obvious to whom this refers? The fallen queen who has lost everything: It’s heartfelt and heartbreaking. The graffiti must have been carved by one of the men that died with her, my odds-on favourite is Henry Norris. The Beauchamp Tower was one of the places where high ranking prisoners were held during the 16th century. Henry Norris was a prisoner of high rank and, most importantly, he was a close friend and ally of the queen who was taken down with her. The other contender is George Boleyn, but he was probably imprisoned in the Martin Tower (the boullen graffiti).

  11. Kayla Bazinet |

    Her “B” necklace. This is very special to me. It’s the first thing I ever noticed about Anne. My last name also starts with a B and I have had the necklace tattooed on my back in honour of her and for my own name.

  12. Hever Castle because that’s where it all began.

    Such a wonderful and informative talk.

  13. Hever Castle has caught my imagination regarding Anne. I always like to picture her and her siblings growing up there and what it would be like.

  14. Lenaya Burchfield |

    The coin that says “the most happy”. Although her life was short, it gives me some calm that, for a period, she was very happy.

  15. The instant you see the necklace with the letter B you think of Anne Boleyn, but I also love her prayer book with her writings in it. It conveys a very personal link to the Lady.
    As does the letter found in Cromwell’s possession after his death that Henry was meant to see from Queen Anne… yes I believe the letter to be genine!

  16. Katie Rodriguez |

    What says “Anne Boleyn” to me is definitely her B necklace. Also Hever Castle. That was where she grew up and it’s so intriguing to me that , that was one of the places where she became who she was!

  17. I am lucky to have visited Hever Castle and Hampton Court as well as the Tower of London. All of these places made me think a great deal about Anne. I like to imagine her holding court with Henry in the great hall at Hampton and I imagine her growing up at Hever and having Henry visit her while courting her. Perhaps I was most moved by the Tower, it is where she stayed before her coronation in the apartments built for her by Henry. It represents her happiest time and her most heart breakingly sad time and is her final resting place. Dear sweet Anne with her little neck. May she rest in peace.

  18. Tracie Stewart |

    I enjoyed this very much! Perhaps it is fitting that there are so few images of Anne -she is such an enigma! I love the Prayer Book. It reminds me of her faith, her wit, and her impact on history by being the catalyst for England’s break with Rome!

  19. I loved the prayer book with secret lovers’ notes written in their own hands. I really enjoyed this presentation. Thank you, Melanie Taylor!


Melanie V. Taylor – Where can we see Anne Boleyn?

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