Loving this. there’s a new book out – deets here http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/did-anne-boleyn-commit-incest-with-her-brot… which suggests that contrary to received wisdom that Anne Boleyn was a bit of a shagger.
The blog says
Most historians these days are sympathetic to Anne’s cause and believe that Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris (that’s my relative), Sir William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and Anne’s brother George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were framed in a successful attempt to get rid of Anne and bring down the whole Boleyn faction.
Norris, along with four others joined Anne at the Tower of London, where they were beheaded not log after. Their bones are interned in the chapel there and I have been to say hello a few times.
Anyhow the theory runs that Anne was so desperate to get a male heir (and obv the fat evil old tyrant didn’t have form in that area) that she chose to shag Henry and others to increase her chances.
The best bit is this though
In his report of 1991, Bernard cites the French poem as evidence against Anne, along with Mark Smeaton’s confession, Anne’s flirtatious behaviour with Norris and Weston, and the talk of Norris being Elizabeth’s father.
So my ancestor was rumoured to be Elizabeth 1st dad – kind of makes sense – we have a lot of ginger in our family.