Kristin Bundesen, PhD

Early Modern History & Pop Culture Geek

Early Modern History & Pop Culture Geek

Elizabeth I: Courts, Conspiracies, and Careys @ Renesan

Natascha McElhone as Anne Boleyn, Jodhi May as Mary Boleyn.  The Other Boleyn Girl  (2003)

Natascha McElhone as Anne Boleyn, Jodhi May as Mary Boleyn. The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)

On Monday, March 5 at 3:15, I will be giving the first in a series of three lectures about Queen Elizabeth I, her experience at different courts, conspiracies she was implicated in, and how her Carey kinship network were involved. The Careys were the children of The Other Boleyn Girl, Mary Boleyn  - Henry VIII's mistress and sister to Queen Anne Boleyn.

Mary Boleyn was the central character in a novel by Phillipa Gregory. The novel was subsequently made into two movies of the same name. She was portrayed in the PBS Wolf Hall production by Charity Wakefield.

Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn. Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn.  The Other Boleyn Girl  (2008)

Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn. Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Charity Wakefield as Mary Boleyn in  Wolf Hall.

Charity Wakefield as Mary Boleyn in Wolf Hall.

Mary Boleyn had two children live to adulthood, Katherine, named for the king's first wife Katherine of Aragon, and Henry, named for the king. Both Katherine and Henry married and were remarkably fecund. Katherine gave birth to 14 children and Henry fathered 13 children with his wife Anne Morgan. throughout Elizabeth's life there were Careys every which way one turned. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, called them the 'tribe of Dan', the most numerous of the twelve tribes of Israel.

The Careys are still waiting for their own movie, but Katherine Carey is the subject of a lovely novel by Adrienne Dillard titled Cor Rotto.

As princess, legal bastard, and eventually queen, Elizabeth was the target of multiple conspiracies, occasionally a co-conspirator herself, and a loving matriarch to a large family. As a princess, she attended many different iterations the English court.  On Monday, we will take a look at her relationship with her royal and non-royal family as well as more than a couple conspiracies that nearly ended in her death as a traitor.

This is a three-session class. $45 for the series. For more information and registration, please see Renesan.org

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