Anne Boleyn in Literature
1. A Journey from this World to the Next, a 1749 Novel
Back in the 18th century, writer Sarah Fielding imagined a world where Anne is in the afterlife. The story was published in her brother Henry Fielding’s novel (coincidence?). There, Anne is portrayed as wise and somewhat weary, often focused on her poor fate, where men would always take advantage of her.
2. Anne & Henry, a novel by Dawn Ius
In this strange adaptation of Anne and Henry’s story, we see them in modern-day high school. Anne is the sexy and mysterious new girl who tries to separate Henry from Catherine, his perfect girlfriend. Thankfully, the ending for Anne in this version is far from the historical one.
3. Henry VIII: Wolfman (2010), a novel by A.E. Moorat
If you thought heaven, hell, and high school weren’t enough, just wait. In Moorat’s adaptation of the story, both Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII become werewolves, and things escalate quickly…
4. And Wild for to Hold, a 1991 short story by Nancy Kress
The one thing that was missing this whole time was time travel. Well, in this short story, Anne gets to be saved by people from the future who want to prevent the English Reformation and the religious chaos that it created. But, as it often happens, things don’t exactly go according to plan, and Anne decides to travel back to her time and face the music.
Anne Boleyn in Film
5. The Private Life of Henry VIII, a 1933 Alexander Korda film
Aside from the premise of the film, the surprising aspect for Anne was the actress who was cast to portray her, Merle Oberon. Merle was the first BAME actor to portray Anne Boleyn on screen. Actress Jodie Turner-Smith will be the latest one with the upcoming drama to be produced by Channel 5. Although at the time Merle claimed to be Australian (born in Tasmania), the truth of her Anglo-Indian ethnicity eventually came out.