Love Letter the Tenth from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie In case you missed it on http://www.tudorsdynasty.com/the-love-letters-from-henry-viii-to-anne-boleyn/: Henry VIII wrote this letter in June 1528 to his beloved Anne Boleyn during an outbreak of the sweating sickness, showing his characteristic nervousness about Anne. It is unknown whether this letter truly does follow the previous, although it seems that this letter came before the one the author understands to be the ninth letter. … Continue reading Love Letter the Tenth from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

Love Letter Nine from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn: Anne has the Sweat!

by Heather R. Darsie By June 1528, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn were deeply in love. The dreaded Sweating Sickness, or English Sweat, had tightened its grip in Anne’s household, and she retired to Hever Castle. Anne herself contracted the Sweat. This was very serious news, as the Sweat could kill its victim in less than forty-hours after symptoms appeared. In his fright for Anne’s … Continue reading Love Letter Nine from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn: Anne has the Sweat!

The Little Book of Love

by Heather R. Darsie The Little Book of Love, or Petit Livre d’Amour, is an absolutely fascinating, and terribly romantic, illuminated manuscript. Also known as Enigmas of Love, it was a Valentine’s Day gift from Pierre Sala (b. 1457 — d. 1529) to his sweetheart. Sala devised the poems contained within the book. He also was the scribe for this particular project. It is thought that the … Continue reading The Little Book of Love

Love Letter Eight for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie This letter to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was written mostly by Anne Boleyn, with a postscript by Henry VIII. As for the art of wooing, perhaps Henry believed a letter to Cardinal Wolsey from the gentler sex (Anne Boleyn) would prod him to the purpose of producing an annulment of Henry’s marriage to Katharine of Aragon all the more quickly. As history … Continue reading Love Letter Eight for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII’s Seventh Letter to Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie By February 1528, Henry and Anne’s romance was in full swing, judging from his seventh letter. A far cry in some ways from the first letter, Henry tries less to appeal to Anne Boleyn’s sympathy and outright addresses her as his beloved when Henry VIII writes, By the British School, before 1626; via Wikimedia Commons. “Darling, these shall only be to … Continue reading Henry VIII’s Seventh Letter to Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII’s Sixth Letter to Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie Henry VIII’s tumultuous relationship with Anne Boleyn is very well exemplified by the contrast between his fifth and sixth letters to her. As seen in the fifth letter, Henry is very confident in the relationship and jubilant because of Anne’s gift and the meaning behind it. In the sixth letter, Henry VIII seems worried about a cooling of affection from Anne … Continue reading Henry VIII’s Sixth Letter to Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII’s Fifth Love Letter to Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie In the next letter from Henry to Anne Boleyn, Henry is devoid of anxiety after having received an expensive gift from Anne. Henry finds Anne’s interpretation of the symbolism behind her gift intoxicating, and writes to Anne: Wellcome Library, London, via Wikimedia Commons. “For a present so beautiful that nothing could be more so (considering the whole of it), I thank … Continue reading Henry VIII’s Fifth Love Letter to Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII’s Fourth Love Letter to Anne Boleyn

  by Heather R. Darsie Lucas Horenbout, painted between June 1526-June 1527. Royal Collection Trust. Henry VIII’s fourth letter to Anne Boleyn seeps romantic language, and is lacking the anxious tone of previous letters. Henry adopts an overall more romantic tone, and seems more confident in their relationship. The letter to Anne Boleyn starts with, “My Mistress and Friend, my heart and I surrender ourselves … Continue reading Henry VIII’s Fourth Love Letter to Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII’s Third Love Letter to Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie In this letter likely from 1527, Henry seems upset that Anne Boleyn failed to follow through on a promise she gave and did not give Henry positive emotional support the last time he saw her. Henry also asks after Anne’s current health. Henry writes, “Although, my Mistress, it has not pleased you to remember the promise you made me when I … Continue reading Henry VIII’s Third Love Letter to Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII’s Second Letter to Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie There is not much to this letter, and it is perhaps one of the more frustrating letters because Anne’s letters surrounding this one of Henry’s do not exist. The letter is all of one complex sentence long. Henry writes, “Though it is not fitting for a gentleman to take his lady in the place of a servant, yet, complying with your … Continue reading Henry VIII’s Second Letter to Anne Boleyn