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Anne Boleyn (Character)
from "The Tudors" (2007)

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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Sir Thomas Boleyn: [regarding the punishment for Anne's secret marriage] You will be sent to France and stay there until you've learned your lesson.
Anne Boleyn: What? No! Father, please!
Sir Thomas Boleyn: How can you have done this? You knew full well that Mary's friendship with the king is at an extremely delicate state! Any scandal, any mark upon her name could be fatal!
The Duke of Norfolk: You will be sent to join the court of the French queen and stay there until your father has forgiven you.
Anne Boleyn: [crying, runs into the hall where Mary is waiting] You told them didn't you?
Mary Boleyn: It was for your own good. You never would have gotten away with it. It would have ruined your prospects forever.
Anne Boleyn: [still crying] Really? For my good? Well, I'll try to remind myself of that while I'm in exile, and you're here in the king's bed, not challenged for our father's affection! That it was for my good and not yours!
[running down the hall, leaving Mary]
Mary Boleyn: Anne!

[from trailer]
Anne Boleyn: [to her brother, George] You're my only hope. My life depends on it!

Katherine of Aragon: [being led to court; stops in front of Mary and Anne] So, the Boleyn whores. Two former ladies of mine. Hiding in shadows. What did I do to upset you, that you should turn against me like this?
Anne Boleyn: [nose in the air] You failed to give England an heir.
Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you so?
Anne Boleyn: What upsets the King upsets me.
Katherine of Aragon: How dare you.

Mary Boleyn: You know I love him...
Anne Boleyn: Well, I guess you'll have to stop.

Anne Boleyn: Masters, I here humbly submit to the law, as the law hath judged me. As for my offenses, God knows them, and I remit them to God, beseeching Him to have mercy on my soul. I beseech Jesus, save my Sovereign and master, the King, the goodliest and gentlest master there ever was.
[begins crying after seeing Mary read the King's note; takes off her hood, cape and necklace with shaking hands]
Anne Boleyn: [kneeling] Sweet Jesus, my God, have mercy on me.

Anne Boleyn: What will the King say when he finds out that I cannot bear children?

Mary Boleyn: [as she enters the room] Anne.
Anne Boleyn: I meant to come sooner. I'm sorry I did not. I've been kept occupied.
Mary Boleyn: So I hear: amusing the king.
Anne Boleyn: Only that sister, I assure you; despite his best efforts...
Mary Boleyn: What, and not yours?
Anne Boleyn: [is silent for a moment] How is it?
[glances towards Mary's belly]
Mary Boleyn: The child is strong, gives me no rest, like his father.
Anne Boleyn: Do you feel as awful as you look? You know, in France, no woman would allow herself to get in such a state.
Mary Boleyn: Why did you come Anne, if all you desire is to torment me?
Anne Boleyn: Perhaps now you know how it feels: to be deceived by your sister.
Mary Boleyn: I did nothing.
Anne Boleyn: You stole the king away, and then you betrayed me over Henry Percy!
Mary Boleyn: If that's what you think fine tell yourself that!
Anne Boleyn: I did sister, every day and every night I was in exile.
King's Messenger: [Messenger walks in, holding a gift] A gift, from the king.
Anne Boleyn: Give it to my sister.
King's Messenger: It's for you mistress Anne.
Anne Boleyn: Me? Then send it back! Immediately!
[looks at Mary]
Anne Boleyn: How dare he! See? I have your interest at heart.
Mary Boleyn: Why? Why this cruelty? You know I love him.
Anne Boleyn: Well perhaps you should stop.

Mary Boleyn: Mother, please! Speak to father... Do something... I don't want to go!
Lady Elizabeth: This is not a request. We have been summoned.
[gets up and leaves the room]
Mary Boleyn: [to Anne] Please don't be angry with me... You think I desired to go for this purpose?
Anne Boleyn: All I know is that a man who didn't know who you were was with you in that room for a half-hour and came out besotted!
[starts to leave]
Anne Boleyn: Don't know what you said or did!
Mary Boleyn: Nothing sister! Except sing your praises and talk about my husband.
Anne Boleyn: Really? Well, you must show me how you did that sometime!
[leaves the room]

Anne Boleyn: [in the Tower] You'll look after Elizabeth.
Mary Boleyn: [embracing Anne] It will never come to that.

George Boleyn: [about Henry Percy] He's betrothed.
Anne Boleyn: Betrothed is not married... It is a long way on bended knee to the altar.

Anne Boleyn: [on Mary's wedding night] You afraid?
Mary Boleyn: A little.
Anne Boleyn: I should be able to tell you how it will be tonight; give you advice on what to do. I failed you as an elder sister.
Mary Boleyn: No one could wish for a better sister.

Anne Boleyn: [happily to her sister] Younger than me, more beautiful than me, married before me. I'm eclipsed! I'm the other Boleyn girl.

King Henry VIII: [talking in secret] Your sister is gone as you wished. Will you give yourself to me now?
Anne Boleyn: No. When you are loyal to me above all others.
King Henry VIII: But I am.
Anne Boleyn: No. You are loyal to the queen above all others.
King Henry VIII: I barely see Katherine.
Anne Boleyn: But she sits on a throne beside you. Your right hand in matters of state.
King Henry VIII: For appearances' sake only.
Anne Boleyn: Still, she is your queen. And ever present.
[pauses]
Anne Boleyn: I feel her eyes on me. And those of her spies. Look at us. Forever reduced to meeting in secret like this. Speaking in whispers. Hardly conducive to passion.
King Henry VIII: What would you have me do, then?

King Henry VIII: [during a supper in the banquet hall, to Anne] What's so amusing?
Anne Boleyn: I was merely offering my thoughts on the new French king. With such great power, yet such meager authority as a man.
King Henry VIII: [intrigued] Continue.
Anne Boleyn: [slowly walking forward] His pettiness is astounding. He will bear a mortal grudge at the mildest of slights. Spoiled cub with a spike in his paw. Riveted with resentment. Unable to forgive or forget. A great king, a great man rises above such things.
King Henry VIII: And what would you know of great men?
Anne Boleyn: [never taking her eyes from Henry's] I've read enough books and heard enough talk to believe I'd know one if he were before me.
King Henry VIII: Then look about you. I am curious. Do you see one here?
Anne Boleyn: [approaches him, still not looking away] Looking my lord... still looking, my lord.
[pauses in front of the King]
Anne Boleyn: Ah! There. Found one.
King Henry VIII: [laughs to himself as the subjects in the room start to laugh]

King Henry VIII: Anne!
Anne Boleyn: Your Grace?
King Henry VIII: You received my gifts?
Anne Boleyn: Yes
King Henry VIII: And? Do they not please you?
Anne Boleyn: On the contrary, my lord, they please me greatly
King Henry VIII: Then why do you insult me by returning them?
Anne Boleyn: Because you insult me by sending them at all!

The Duke of Norfolk: Damn you! Not a single detail was left to chance! And now the moment of our greatest glory...!
Anne Boleyn: Glory? What glory? A mistress gave a man a bastard, no more.
The Duke of Norfolk: A male bastard, a son!
Anne Boleyn: The queen may yet give birth to a son.
The Duke of Norfolk: The queen no longer bleeds!
Anne Boleyn: Can you be sure?
The Duke of Norfolk: One of her physicians, and the moment this family provides him with a son he turned his back to it on your account! You better have a plan, girl! And that plan better work!
Anne Boleyn: Or what, uncle?
Lady Elizabeth: Enough, both of you! And what about Mary, hum? And her child? Or have you forgotten about them already?
Anne Boleyn: Mary and her bastard child will go back to the country. It is the king's wish... and mine.
Lady Elizabeth: Very well, and you can be the one to tell her. I think you've earned that privilege.

Mary Boleyn: How can you show your face in here? My own sister... take care, because he would only do to you what he has done to me
Anne Boleyn: You should not have given yourself so lightly, these are the consequences.
Mary Boleyn: I gave myself to a man I loved, and he loved me.
Anne Boleyn: A man's love is worthless. Our mother's loved, look where it got her, a feeble husband. Love is of no value without power and position. If I gave the king a son, he would not be a bastard.

Mary Boleyn: [after Anne tells her how to secure her position] What you suggest is treason! He cannot marry you, he has his queen!
Anne Boleyn: [Smiling coldly] Who cannot produce a male heir
Mary Boleyn: You've reached too high! As always!
Anne Boleyn: The king will deal with Catherine, you'll hear about it from where I'm standing. You are to go back to Rocher, isn't that what you've always wanted? A life in the country, alone with your child.
[She leaves, later, Mary will see her once free-riding sister sitting behind the King on a horse]

Sir Thomas Boleyn: [Refering to Anne's previous secret marriage] I knew this would come back to haunt us!
Anne Boleyn: I must go to the king...
Sir Thomas Boleyn: No, he doesn't want to see you, he doesn't want to hear a word from your lips! He won't even talk to me! The only Boelyn he will talk to, the only person whose testimony he would trust, is Mary!
Anne Boleyn: [Coldly] Then bring her here, now!

Mary Boleyn: [Refering to the Queen] The crowds are with her.
Anne Boleyn: [Confidently] The crowds have no vote.

Anne Boleyn: [Discussing politics with her family] And risking civil war, the very thing Henry fears most. Somehow, I need to make him understand that this will be worth it. When I am his queen, and give him a son.
[She ignores the shocked looks of her family]

King Henry VIII: I have torn this country apart for you!
Anne Boleyn: For which you should thank me, not be angry!
King Henry VIII: Broken with Rome...
Anne Boleyn: Freed yourself, more like, from the decadence of a corrupt church
King Henry VIII: Got rid of a good woman in the queen...
Anne Boleyn: And with Spanish blood shackles you to Rome
King Henry VIII: Of which I would be excommunicated...
Anne Boleyn: And instead, become head of a new church! The Church of England!

Anne Boleyn: [after getting into an argument with the king] I struck him today, what am I doing? I've destroyed it all on my own! I can't sleep, without sleep I cannot think! It's getting more and more difficult...

Anne Boleyn: Henry Percy
George Boleyn: [Teasingly] Why ever would he interest you? What could you possibly want with the sole heir to the richest earldom in the whole of England?
Anne Boleyn: [Jokingly] Oh I have no knowledge of that! I simply like his face!
George Boleyn: Well, he's betrothed
Anne Boleyn: Betrothed is not married

King Henry VIII: [Before the hunt] With no man to hold onto how do you plan to stay on your horse?
Anne Boleyn: [She gets on her own horse] As you do Your Grace, with my thighs.

George Boleyn: It's embarrassing.
Anne Boleyn: Look, she has her eye on you. Sweet Jane Parker would be a match to please our father.
George Boleyn: Ugh, vile girl, she's the most ambitious little servant in court.
Anne Boleyn: She can't stop watching.

King Henry VIII: Anne, have you considered what I've asked? Is there hope?
Anne Boleyn: How could I ever trust you, when I've seen how you betray first your wife, now my sister?

Sir Thomas Boleyn: [first lines - strolling through the woods with his wife while the children playfully race through the sunlit fields] I received a request for marriage today for Anne from the Carey family. William, their eldest son.
Lady Elizabeth: Oh, that's wonderful.
Sir Thomas Boleyn: I turned it down. Offered them Mary instead. Everyone improves the standing of their family with their daughters. I think Anne can do better than a merchant's son.
Lady Elizabeth: [exasperated exhalation] And Mary can't? I think you underestimate her.
Sir Thomas Boleyn: Oh no, that's not true. I think she's the kinder of the two, quite possibly the fairer. To get ahead in this world, you need more than fair looks and a kind heart.
Young Anne: [after overtaking Mary] I beat you, I beat you!
Young Mary: Hey!
[all three children then fall down in a heap laughing]
Sir Thomas Boleyn: Well done, Anne. Well done, children.


Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Anne: But Elizabeth is yours. Watch her as she grows; she's yours. She's a Tudor! Get yourself a son off of that sweet, pale girl if you can - and hope that he will live! But Elizabeth shall reign after you! Yes, Elizabeth - child of Anne the Whore and Henry the Blood-Stained Lecher - shall be Queen! And remember this: Elizabeth shall be a greater queen than any king of yours! She shall rule a greater England than you could ever have built! Yes - MY Elizabeth SHALL BE QUEEN! And my blood will have been well spent!

Anne: She has the face of a simpering sheep. And the manners. But not the morals. I don't want her near me.

Anne: Doesn't do that well. Not as well as I've known it done. But it's the one arm I want - for some God-knows-what reason. You do everything badly - everything awkwardly - and I love it the way you do it.

Anne: Won't you kiss your daughter?
King Henry VIII: I will kiss her when she's older - and when she has a brother!

King Henry VIII: If some young man wrote this song for you, Anne, what would you say to him?
Anne: I would ask him if his wife liked it, Your Grace.

King Henry VIII: Nan, is it true?
Anne: Have you stepped into your own trap, my lord? Any evidence you have against me, you yourself bought and paid for. Do you now begin to believe it?
King Henry VIII: Anny, the court is still in session to decide your... verdict. I don't want to hear your guilt from them, I want to hear it from your lips.
Anne: That I was unfaithful to you?
King Henry VIII: Yes, just that. Were you unfaithful to me whilst I still loved you? Of course, I'll never know. Whether you say aye or no, I shall never know.
Anne: You come here to make sure whether there was truly adultery, because that would touch your manhood or your pride. And even so, my heart and my eyes are glad of you. Fool of all women that I am, I'm glad of you here. Go, then. Keep your pride of manhood, you know about me now.
King Henry VIII: Nan, is it true that you're glad to see me?
Anne: Yes, it's true.
King Henry VIII: Then, Anne, lets do all gently for old times sake. I have no wish to harm you, and your words have moved me deeply. I must be free to have a son, and the son must be free to rule England when I die.
Anne: Why must you leave a king to follow you, Henry? Why not a queen?
King Henry VIII: This country has never been ruled by a queen. I know it never could be. We can never have a son now, God has spoken. I must have a son elsewhere. And it's getting late. I'm not as young as I was.
Anne: What do you want of me?
King Henry VIII: Agree to annul the marriage and give up all rights. You shall go abroad and take Elizabeth with you. You will be well cared for. Please set me free.
Anne: To marry Seymour and make our child a bastard? No. No. No.
King Henry VIII: Nan... Nan, you leave me no choice!
Anne: Once I told you any children we had would not be bastards. You promised marriage and the crown. Now you try to dance out of your promise. Well, I won't have it! We are man and wife together. King and Queen. I keep that. Take it from me as best you can.
King Henry VIII: Then you have decided, and so have I!
Anne: Before you go, perhaps you should hear one thing. I lied to you. I said "I love you", but I lied. I was untrue. Untrue with many.
King Henry VIII: That is a lie.
Anne: It is true. I was unfaithful to you with all of them. With half your court. With soldiers of your guard, with grooms, with stablehands. Look for the rest of your life at every man that ever knew me and wonder if I didn't find him a better man than you!
King Henry VIII: You whore!

Anne: For six years, this year, and this, and this, and this, I did not love him. And then I did. Then I was his. I can count the days I was his in hundreds.
[picks up day counter]
Anne: . The days we bedded. Married. Were Happy. Bore Elizabeth. Hated. Lusted. Bore a dead child... which condemned me... to death. In all one thousand days. Just a thousand. strange. And of those thousand, one when we were both in love, only one, when our loves met and overlapped and were both mine and his. And when I no longer hated him, he began to hate me. Except for that one day.

Anne: You make love as you eat, with a great deal of noise and no subtlety!

Anne: [before her execution] I have a little neck.

King Henry VIII: I think nothing but you. Of you and me playing dog and bitch, of you and me playing horse and mare. Of you and me in every way. I want to fill you up night after night. I want to fill you up with sons.
Anne: Bastards! They would be bastards!

King Henry VIII: Mistress Anne, will you teach the king of England how they dance in the French court?
Anne: There is nothing that France can teach England, your majesty.
King Henry VIII: Well said. Well said.


"The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Anne Boleyn (#1.2)" (1970)
Anne Boleyn: I am innocent, that is sure. And I am a victim. That, too, is sure. This whole mockery is unworthy of you, uncle. It is unworthy of you as representative of my gentle husband. This trial is no trial, but a signature on a document. The poorest subject is given justice that I am denied. I am the Queen and entitled to better than you have given me. Accusations, papers, lies are easy means of denying the truth to a court of men. But the truth shall be known in that court which shall judge us all in time. I am sorry for you, Cromwell, for in condemning me, you condemn yourself elsewhere. Give your verdict, gentlemen, but remember I am your Queen.

Lady Boleyn: The King will remember what you are to him.
Anne Boleyn: They're not building that scaffold for nothing.
Lady Boleyn: I am sure he will remember.
Anne Boleyn: I know my husband! He is a hunter...
Lady Boleyn: Madam...
Anne Boleyn: When he has sported, he will kill. 'Tis his nature. And I am the prey.

Anne Boleyn: I would like to confess to Cranmer. He shall bear that burden. He shall know my innocence.

Anne Boleyn: [after confessing her innocence] You will say nothing of what happened today?
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer: I can say nothing.
Anne Boleyn: And you know my innocence, for what it is.
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer: I wish to God I had never known.


"The Tudors: Everything Is Beautiful (#2.1)" (2008)
Anne Boleyn: [to Henry, pleadingly] You cannot have three people in a marriage!

Anne Boleyn: [complaining to Henry about Katherine still making his shirts] They are you and me! They are you and her!
King Henry VIII: Why does it matter? They're just shirts for God's sake
Anne Boleyn: It's so hard when we're about to get married, and she's still here!
King Henry VIII: Look, I've have more important things to worry about OTHER THAN MY SHIRTS!


"The Tudors: The Death of Wolsey (#1.10)" (2007)
King Henry VIII: Have I made you unhappy?
Anne Boleyn: No. I would only be unhappy if you ever stopped loving me.
King Henry VIII: London would have to melt into the Thames first.

Anne Boleyn: [murmuring of disapproval; Anne is wearing purple, the color of royalty] You know, I sometimes wish all Spaniards were at the bottom of the sea.
Katherine's lady: Mistress Boleyn, you should not abuse the Queen's honor with such language.
Anne Boleyn: I care nothing for Katherine. I would rather see her hanged than acknowledge her as my mistress.


"The Tudors: True Love (#1.6)" (2007)
Anne Boleyn: Forgive me, I spoke of things I should not.
King Henry VIII: No, no, I give you leave that we may always speak freely with each other, honestly, openly and with a true heart. For me, that is the true definition of love.

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [upon seeing her at court] Lady Anne, what are you doing here?
Anne Boleyn: I have an audience with His Majesty?
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: [incredulously, walking away] What would a silly girl like you have to say to a king?


"The Tudors: Checkmate (#2.3)" (2008)
Anne Boleyn: I'm so sorry.
King Henry VIII: You and I are both young and by god's grace, boys will follow.
[Anne nods in agreement]


Young Bess (1953)
Anne Boleyn: [referring to her involvement in little Elizabeth's birth] But Henry, didn't I have a hand in it?
King Henry VIII: Of course.
[smiles wickedly at Anne]
King Henry VIII: But I gave you the idea.
[laughter from Anne and the courtiers]


Henry VIII (2003) (TV)
Katherine of Aragon: What did I do to upset you, that a maid of mine should turn against me like this?
Anne Boleyn: You failed to give England an heir.
Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you so?
Anne Boleyn: What upsets the King, upsets me.
Katherine of Aragon: Let me tell you this. You want me to lie before God, and admit my first marriage was consummated? Well, it was not. You want me to retire, and withdraw my daughter's claim as sole rightful heir to the throne? Well, I shall not. Not in a thousand years. Not if you rack me within an inch of my life. So, I hope you have the belly for a fight, Anne Boleyn, because I'll fight you, every inch of the way.


"The Tudors: Wolsey, Wolsey, Wolsey! (#1.3)" (2007)
Anne Boleyn: [to Thomas Wyatt about his work] You are a poet as I am a woman. Poets and women are always free with their hearts, are they not?


Henry VIII (1911)
Anne Boleyn: Tis better to be lowly born And range with humble livers in content Than to be perk'd up in a glistening grief And wear a golden sorrow.


"The Tudors: Lady in Waiting (#2.8)" (2008)
Anne Boleyn: Because the love I bear you is so great, it broke my heart to see you loved others.


"The Tudors: The Act of Succession (#2.4)" (2008)
Anne Boleyn: These are the jewels of the Queen of England.
Anne Boleyn: I don't know what to say.
King Henry VIII: Yes you do.
Anne Boleyn: I love you, I love you so much, I love you with every fiber of my being.
[Henry smiles]
Anne Boleyn: You have been so kind to me. Now let me be kind to you.
[She gives Henry a "handy"]


Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
Henry VIII: Wait, Anne. Only wait.
Anne Boleyn: Ah, then farewell to my young looks!


"The Tudors: Arise, My Lord (#1.5)" (2007)
Anne Boleyn: [to Henry as they are lying in bed] I make you this promise. When we are married, I will deliver you a son.


"The Tudors: Message to the Emperor (#1.7)" (2007)
King Henry VIII: [together with Anne Boleyn] Ah! Your Excellence, allow me to introduce...
French Ambassador: Is this not Mademoiselle Anne? Enchanté. His Eminence, Cardinal Wolsey, has told me all about you, but he did not tell me how beautiful you are. For a Frenchman, that is almost a crime.
Anne Boleyn: [in French] But the French tell every woman she is beautiful. Is this not a crime also?


The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
Anne Boleyn: Isn't it a pity to lose a head like this? Still, they will easily find a nickname for me: among the Queens of England, I shall be "Anne sans tête." That means "Anne who lost her head."


"The Tudors: The Act of Treason (#2.9)" (2008)
Anne Boleyn: [Indignantly] I know the truth! You look for dead men's shoes!
Sir Henry Norris: Madame, I really must protest.
Anne Boleyn: I mean, you suppose if anything bad happened to the King, then you would think to have me!
Sir Henry Norris: Madam, if ever I had such a thought, then I wish my head were cut off.
Anne Boleyn: Oh, that could be arranged!


"The Tudors: Look to God First (#1.9)" (2007)
King Henry VIII: Wolsey promises me I will have a divorce by summer.
Anne Boleyn: Promises are easy.