Friday, September 16, 2011


Anne Boleyn

c.1501/1507 – 19 May 1536)

was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of Henry VIII of England and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right.[5] Henry's marriage to Anne, and her subsequent execution, made her a key figure in the political and religious upheaval that was the start of the English Reformation. A commoner, Anne was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Howard, and was educated in the Netherlands and France, largely as a maid of honour to Claude of France. She returned to England in early 1522, in order to marry her Irish cousin James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond; however, the marriage plans ended in failure and she secured a post at court as maid of honour to Henry VIII's queen consort, Catherine of Aragon.
In the spring of 1523 there was a secret betrothal between Anne and Henry Percy son of the 5th Duke of Northumberland. However, in January of 1524 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey broke the betrothal, Anne was sent back home to Hever Castle, and Percy was married to
Lady Mary Talbot, to whom he had been betrothed since adolescence.
In February/ March of 1526 Henry VIII began courtly pursuit of Anne. She resisted his attempts to seduce her, refusing to become his mistress as her sister Mary had. It soon became the one absorbing object of Henry's desires to annul his marriage to Queen Catherine so he would be free to marry Anne. When it became clear that Pope Clement VII would not annul the marriage, the breaking of the power of the Catholic Church in England began.
Ana Bolena
reina consorte de Inglaterra, primera marqués de Pembroke.
Su fecha de nacimiento solía fijarse en 1507, pero los historiadores más modernos la datan en 1501 (— 19 de mayo de 1536).2 Ana fue la segunda esposa del rey Enrique VIII y la madre de la reina Isabel I. El matrimonio de Enrique y Ana y su posterior ejecución, fueron parte del complejo comienzo de la considerable agitación política y religiosa que fue la Reforma inglesa, con Ana participando activamente en la promoción de la causa de la reforma de la Iglesia. La han llamado «la reina consorte más influyente e importante que Inglaterra ha tenido nunca».

Ana Bolena es popularmente conocida por haber sido decapitada bajo acusación de adulterio, incesto y traición. Está extensamente asumido el haber sido inocente de los cargos, y fue conmemorada más tarde como mártir en la cultura Protestante inglesa, particularmente por los trabajos de John Foxe.
Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott at about age 25

Born November 29, 1832Germantown, PA, U.S.
Died March 6, 1888 (aged 55)Boston, MA, U.S.
Pen name A. M. Barnard
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period Civil war
Subjects Young Adult stories
Notable work(s) Little Women

She is best known for the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Little Women was set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters.

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