Thinking about Anne Boleyn…
Anne Boleyn invades my thoughts a lot in April and May. Well, to be utterly truthful, every year sees me doing a lot of thinking about Anne Boleyn. It has birthed many words of writing, including two Anne Boleyn novels, about the woman who has shaped much of my life. Yes – I know Anne Boleyn was not perfect, but all my years of researching her life has never swayed me from the belief that she deserves our respect, and the respect of history.
Since we we have once again reached the time that marks another anniversary to the lead up to Anne’s execution, what I will forever describe as her murder, I thought I would give tribute to this woman who has inspired me from childhood by listing all my Anne Boleyn works in this blog post.
My Anne Boleyn novels.
May 19th, 1533Will
Two components go hand in hand in this practice-led PhD – The Light in the Labyrinth, a young adult historical fiction novel, and its complementary exegesis that illuminates and contextualises what underpins the creation of this work. The Light in the Labyrinth constructs the fictional experience of my teenage female character, Kate Carey, the bastard daughter of Henry VIII and niece of Anne Boleyn, as she witnesses the last months of Anne Boleyn’s life. My exegesis explicates the position of The Light in the Labyrinth in the young adult historical fiction genre. It also explicates my writing methodology of autoethnography, using the prism of Feminist Standpoint Epistemology, and how this methodology enables me to construct fiction through an imaginative and empathetic response to historical research.