“Anne really influenced the world, behind closed doors. But she’s given no explicit credit because she wasn’t protected. The machinations of court were an absolute minefield for women. And she was so good at that wonderful little thing that women do, making a man think that it’s his idea.
Let’s not forget, too, that history was written by men. And even now, in our post-feminist era we still have women struggle in public positions of power. When you read a history book, both the commentary and the first hand primary evidence, all the natural gender prejudices during the period will certainly be there.
Anne was that rare phenomenon, a self-made woman. But then, this became her demise, because she was a challenging personality, and wouldn’t be quiet and shut up. So all the reasons that attracted [Henry] to her, and made her queen and a mother, were all the things that then undermined her position because she wouldn’t change her personality. What she had that was so unique for its a woman at that time was also her undoing.
But she had her vindication, in her daughter, one of the greatest queens in British history. That really moves me.”
Coming soon: Natalie’s thoughts on playing Anne for the execution scene.