Elizabeth Dunn is a senior History major at Murray State. For her Creative Writing class with Dr. Jerrell, Elizabeth combined her love of history and writing by researching the wives of Henry VIII and writing poems about her findings.
The two poems and historical notes that I worked on were a part of my interest in both history and poetry, especially since many historical figures remain misunderstood, ignored, or misinterpreted. Throughout my research I tried to find a personal voice for all of the subjects within the poems, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Anne of Cleves. Though the poetic form gave me creative freedom, I did want to approach each name as more than just a reputation, but as a person. In my view, Henry VIII's notorious reputation and infamy still reigns today because of his many wives and the perceptions of them. Aside from the same husband and first name, I saw many similarities between Anne Boleyn, and Anne of Cleves his second and fourth wives. I was especially interested in giving the two women a voice that both Henry and history have taken away.
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Dunn, Elizabeth H.
"Mistreated & Misremembered: A Tale of Two Annes,"
Steeplechase: An ORCA Student Journal: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/steeplechase/vol1/iss2/7