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Jane Boleyn, nee Jane Parker, who married Anne's brother George.

She's often thought of as a disturbed, jealous, conniving, betraying harpy........ but really, when you look at the people around her, who wasn't?

The more I read about her, the more I think the circumstances of her character have been villified and rewritten by two rulers: Henry the VIII, whose 5th wife cheated on him with the help of Jane -- both were beheaded. And then by Elizabeth, who sought historians and writers to paint a better light on her mother Anne and her tragic death.

Thus, Jane Parker was doomed to become a tool of history.

Though, where there is smoke, there is fire.
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This is a study of George Boleyn.

:iconsuburbanbeatnik: can tell you that his hair took on many forms before this final Beatles coif.

His clothing is not accurate, unfortunately, but I'm pleased with his face.

I'm not sure I could have resisted the charms of this manslut had I lived at court at the time. Sigh! Poor Jane Parker. The more I learn about her and her tragic husband, the more I pity her.
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Here's a more developed drawing of George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's proud, womanizing brother, and his wife Jane, best known for her betrayal of him (her testimony regarding his alleged incest with Anne sent him to the headsman). Here is my first sketch here: [link]

Most novels have portrayed Jane as a mousy, nagging sort, but since she had a starring role in a court masque she was certainly pretty (as lead roles in court masques were not given to unattractive wallflowers). Both she and her husband shared a love of luxury- they had a bed of cloth of gold- but had no children, which must have provided some interesting difficulties in their relationship, as George's father Thomas was an ambitious, domineering type, and Jane was the only daughter of a wealthy titled scholar. Their marriage must have seemed initially like a wonderful thing, since they were both worldly, good looking young people, but we all know how the marriage worked out in the end. One wonders what their conversations were like.

I haven't read the recent biography of Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox, but Hilary Mantel- one of my favorite authors- wrote a very interesting review of the book here, with lots of good information about this enigmatic couple. [link]
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The Wives of King Henry VIII ... Disney Style!

The completed, colored version. Even the sparkles.

From the left: Catalina de Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna von Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr

Fullview is a must!!!

** Info Update ** When I was coloring, I realized that I didn't know the colors of certain attributes of each wife. For instance, Anne of Cleves' hair. I have many Tudor books, none of which stated the color of Anne's hair. So I decided to search through movie representations of Anne of Cleves, and found that the actresses all had dark hair. So I colored her hair brown. But now that I've had some time off of school, and the luxury of money to buy new books, I have found that Anne had blonde hair.
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My favourite of Henry VIII's consorts. I based this drawing on a pic of Merle Oberon in the part. :-)
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This is for a project I'm working on with :iconsavivi:, about George and Jane Boleyn. It's called Falling from Grace, and expect to see it online sometime in 2010!

Here's a dramatic scene between George, Jane, and Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell has just told Jane something awful about George, the wheels are turning in her head, and George knows something disastrous has just occurred.

More to come!
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Katherine Of Aragon
Anne Boleyn
Jane Seymour
Anne Of Cleves
Kathryn Howard
Katherine Parr

Love these paintings ...

From : [link]
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This is a study I did of Mary Queen of Scots, who- judging from her death mask- was really quite a babe. I also had fun with the details of the costume, and looked at a lot of Clouet drawings for ideas.
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The costume of The Virgin Queen was always so flashy and she was truly a woman of fashion in her period of Elizabethan. I really love those colors and the embroidery patterns of Tudor style. Though the dress was so heavy.

More from this series

Tudor Lady No.2
Tudor Lady No.4
Tudor Lady No.7
Tudor Lady No.9
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