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Anne Boelyn distributed a fortune in charity among the English people. George Wyatt (grandson of Thomas Wyatt) estimated that she distributed more than £1500 per year to the poor alone. I don't have figures for living wages during the reign of Henry VIII. However, by the reign of Elizabeth I, a family's acceptable wage was two pounds ten shillings per year. Acceptable wages were less than this during Anne's lifetime because, from Anne's reign to the Elizabethan period, food prices rose by 120%. £1500 per year went quite far in 1532 to 1536.

So based on this, we can estimate that thousands and thousands of people received assistance of some sort from Anne throughout her reign. She also sewed clothing with her own hands for distribution to the poor, and was known on at least one occasion to have personally tended to the ill on her travels. Few of her biographies mention her charitable acts at any length, and these were also not much publicized during her own lifetime.

[User Picture]From: silent_despair
2007-06-12 12:38 pm (UTC)


I wish I could do that.
It's a shame people aren't generous like that these days.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 12:53 am (UTC)

Re: -

I try and be generous, but man. I am not generous to that degree, but I don't have the financial capacity to be either. A lot of celebrities donate lots of money and that's great of them. I like when they don't crazily advertise it either.
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[User Picture]From: troubleinchina
2007-06-12 02:04 pm (UTC)
Most of the time it's because Anne Boylene is seen through the lens of her husband, and not as an individual person who did things individually. It's really the same for all of Henry's wives - none of them exist as individuals, but as wives of Henry VIII. Which has always frustrated me.

It's becoming less of a problem as more women historians are writing about them, but really - Anne was only married to Henry for about two years, IIRC. To sum her all up as existing in those two years, plus her time as a lady in waiting, is just... well, vexing, really.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 12:57 am (UTC)
I agree. *nod*

She's such an interesting historical figure. I need to read up more on her, but the girl in the Tudors is really getting on my nerves so she might have put me off from her for just a little while. lol. We'll see.
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2007-06-12 02:47 pm (UTC)
awww, what a sweetheart.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 12:58 am (UTC)
*nod* For real. And her poor neck..
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[User Picture]From: jenniferline
2007-06-12 03:06 pm (UTC)
Fascinating! It's crazy that something so interesting and relevant would be left out of her biographies.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 12:59 am (UTC)

I think sot oo.

Who knows, maybe it's not true, but it seems pretty highly researched to be bs.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 01:09 am (UTC)
lol! Yeah, poor thing.

Elizabeth's a great great film.

I really liked the era of The Tudors.. though since watching the Showtime version? I'm getting a little annoyed.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-06-12 07:40 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 01:14 am (UTC)

Re: Camerom Diaz S&M Video

Man, I sure get lots of porn links these days.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-06-12 10:23 pm (UTC)
Don't believe a word of that pro-Ann Boelyn revisionist nonsense. That woman was an evil strumpet, possibly even a witch, who used her dark ways to seduce Henry away from poor Catherine. I mean seriously, she had six fingers on one hand, a sure sign of witchery.

BTW, if you're not watching the Tudors already, I'm betting you'd like it. Great period stuff.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 02:00 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree that she absolutely knew what she was doing.

The people LOVED Katherine.

She had to compete SOMEHOW.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 01:25 am (UTC)
lol, that evil bitch. ;)


Sooo... about The Tudors.

I wanted to love it. I wanted to SO bad. But the costumes are PISSING me off. They are sooo off. There is no way on Gods green Earth that Henry would walk around the castle wearing a vest... and just a f'ng vest. Excuse me? Where's your tunic sir? And Anne Boelyn? I know you're a hussy, but baring your shoulders? To the shock of all Renaissance Festival goers of the world.. that was a big ole no no. Ack. So that's my first issue. The historical inaccuracy is pretty severe.

And I HATE the actress who plays Anne. I hate her!!!

The Cardinal is fantastic. Amazing. Great.

George is good.

Thomas is good.

Henry? Eeeeeeh.... I'm not loving him, unfortuantely. I've liked him in other roles, so I can't decide if it's the writing of the show that makes him so one dimensial, or if it's because it's a series and he's not able to make that transition seamlessly, where with two hour movies you've got a real good beginning, middle and end.. not wiht this show.

I mean my God... what kind of a season finale was THAT!?!


Anyway... I'm not trying to be a bitch if you like it, I just had such high expectations. Apparently unrealistic expectations.

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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-06-14 04:00 pm (UTC)
I don't have the Ren Fair background, so I didn't know about the anachronistic costumes. I don't blame you for being pissed off at that because that kind of thing definitely bothers me, as well. Although with me its usually science fiction stuff where they get the science completely wrong. Can't stand that.

As for Anne, I guess I don't really pay attention to her since every scene she's in so is Henry, and I've been in freakin' love with Jonathon Rhys Meyers since he played Steerpike on Ghormenghast. But truthfully that has little to do with his acting ability ;)

And, yeah, it wasn't the best season finale. I guess I just overlook a multitude of sins for costumed, intrigue-laden, quasi-historical dramas.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's less the renfair background as it is theatre costuming and the like. But yeah, I'm not trying to sound like a bitch. ;)

Yeah I usually like him, but I think mainly in a film setting. I don't think that the television series medium is his forte, but I think he's a much better actor in film.

What's Ghormenghast? *tilts head*

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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-06-14 11:06 pm (UTC)
Gormanghast was a BBC miniseries based on a fantasy novel. I never read the novel, but the show focused on the character of Steerpike (John Rhys Meyers), who was sort of an anti-hero climbing his way to power in the noble family.

But mostly I liked it because he's dreamy ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oooh! That sounds very interesting. I shall see if Amazon has a copy once my bank account is a little more friendly then now. ;)
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[User Picture]From: ladyofshadow
2007-06-12 10:27 pm (UTC)
*calmly sips hr Mountain Dew* ^__~

And because I know you enjoy random things:


*just giggles*
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 01:29 am (UTC)
hehe, totally stole that for todays post, don't know if you saw. :) I'm just catching up.
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[User Picture]From: booniecat
2007-06-12 11:21 pm (UTC)
omg, that was a GREAT youtube clip!!!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 01:49 am (UTC)
I liked it. =)
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2007-06-14 06:56 pm (UTC)

The Golden Age.

That is right :) :) Coming from a huge fan of the Elizabethan era :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-06-14 09:16 pm (UTC)

Re: The Golden Age.

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