It was all in the genes.
The Boleyn family were assertive-bordering-on-aggressive about promoting themselves and/or their family members to anyone who'd listen.
That behavior was Anne Boleyn's model for 'How My Family Acts" and she was not shy about doing her part.
That famous "B" dripping pearls necklace was as deliberately planned a "family brand" move as when movie stars kids march through airports carrying enormous stuffed animals to tip off the paparazzi that it's time to start madly snapping pics.
And . . . in keeping with the family brand concept, here's Elizabeth, pictured with her older half-sister Mary.
Note the 'A' - for guess who? - around her neck.
In your face, Dad.
|Elizabeth pictured wearing a vowel, just not the one at the start of her own name, "A is for ANNE."|
Whether that child was Elizabeth or a future, imagined brother, likely it didn't make much difference to Anne Boleyn.
She set herself to raising (or, let's be real, overseeing the raising) of her daughter as a future ruler, or as the wife of a future ruler.
Anne Boleyn knew a thing or two about how to hang a hem and start a trend and she chose for the little princess's onesies and kirtles and gowns and sleeves fabrics in colors and textures that amped up the *WOW* factor of a child whose hair was the exact color of the hair of her father the king.
At the Tudor court you were what you wore.
Elizabeth's clothes were a statement just as much as her parent's clothes were a statement. Two years old was no deterrent to having pretty much the exact same clothes worn by adults of the time, except cut down to size 2T.
|All those fussy fastenings - imagine the nursery tantrums. This is not Elizabeth. It's Lord Arundal. -a boy, wearing a lace head frill and neck ruff. OMG WTF LMFAO.|
Not a genetic trait, perhaps, but the basic comprehension of the importance of dressing memorably and most important, so that the attention of every pair of eyes in the room remained firmly on her, was inherent in mother and daughter.
Anne Boleyn's quicksilver-fast wit was a trait found in Elizabeth as well.
When Anne learned that two of the men arrested with her were courtiers famous for their poetry, she said something along the lines of, "Well, they'd be better off making pallets (for sleeping vs. cold Tower of London) than ballads now."
A courtier who'd stayed away from court for seven years out of mortification after he let one rip in front the queen was greeted on his return by Elizabeth, who didn't miss a beat.
"Why, I'd forgotten your fart!"
Anne Boleyn was prone to babbling and nervously laughing when under pressure,
Her verbal diarrhea and near-hysterical laughter when she was arrested and brought to the Tower of London were duly noted by her special guard
|"Yeah, she's spilling like a bag of M&M''s on the floor at Safeway, I'm getting it all, your Majesty."|
Elizabeth had more experience with the threat of arrest; by the time she'd reached twenty-five, she'd been hauled in and questioned rigorously by unfriendly authorities at least three times.
She grasped immediately, at age fourteen and facing her first interrogation, that nothing good would come of her doing other than replying directly to questions, but giving up no more than that.
|ask away, but nope nope nope.|
|"She did what? Did you say she MARRIED Robert DUDLEY!?!?! WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!"|
Anne Boleyn knew Henry VIII could have called off her execution but didn't, also knew he held their daughter's fate and that he could do whatever he felt like doing to her with nobody to stop him.
Without so much as a single note of irony, she praised him as a good husband, and gentle prince ever; as though she just happened to be discussing his good points with a friend.
That took some serious marshaling of guts.
|. . . and accept the inevitable with grace.|
|. . . because how can you not love a picture of Cate Blanchett rallying the troops at Tilbury? The chick was BORN to play Elizabeth I. . . and that horse was awesome, too. From 1998 movie Elizabeth, written by Michael Hirst.|
|Yeah, this is more like a painting commissioned by her P.R. firm. "Get ALL the elements in there, Charlie."|
|Afraid this painting probably gets it right; burning ships, cannon balls exploding, oil floating on the surface of the water drowning you . . . just sad. But terrific and triumphant as well.|
The varied and diverse qualities of Elizabeth I originated from her family's genetics and by circumstance and events that forged her character and personality.
Elizabeth inherited the dark eyes of her mother, but again, happily, the very visible Tudor legacy of red-gold hair, established firmly who had fathered her.
|Sorta looks like Helen Mirren, doesn't she? Bless her brilliance and her little girl, playing an adult's deadly game, heart. Elizabeth I, aged fourteen.|
In 1575, a ring was commissioned for Elizabeth I; it opens and inside, a secret.
Two miniature paintings.
One is undeniably the queen herself.
The other, an unidentified woman pictured wearing clothing from mid-1530's, looks an awful lot like Anne Boleyn.
|Is the unidentified woman inside this locket ring Anne Boleyn? The sentimental vote overwhelmingly shouts, 'yes!'|