Only 11 days after he beheaded his second wife (the flamboyant Anne Boleyn), King Henry VIII married a pale, fair-haired maiden called Jane Seymour. Who exactly was this girl, and what had made the king so besotted with her? To this day, historians don’t quite know what to make of her.
‘The Enigma’, they call her, but it is exactly within this opaqueness that I see Jane Seymour’s quiet strength. There are a few facts: Jane was born around 1509 in Wiltshire, the daughter of ‘a groom of the bedchamber’. She had been a court lady, serving both Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Of her interests, her passion and talent for needlework jumps out; she even managed to turn King Henry into an enthusiastic embroiderer! When Jane became Queen in 1536, Henry gave her a magnificent gold cup designed by Hans Holbein. Engraved on its surface was her phoenix emblem –mysterious symbol of rebirth and transformation- and her chosen motto: ‘Bound to Obey and Serve’. But was she really as demure as her motto suggested? What exactly had been her role in Anne Boleyn’s downfall? Jane just smiled, and carried on. In 1537, a few days after she gave birth to the king’s long-awaited son, she died from childbed fever. ‘Here lies a Phoenix, by whose death, another Phoenix life gave breath,’ was inscribed on her tombstone. She had taken her secrets with her to the grave.
An interesting thing happened when I did Nadia Narain’s yoga class the other day. I had checked myself in the mirror beforehand, and thought I looked fine, but when I looked again afterwards, I fell utterly in love with my reflection!
An unforgettable celebration of feminine|feminism
Marlies Dekkers did it again
Earlier this week, in a packed Maassilo in Rotterdam, lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers showed her upcoming collections – spring|summer & fall|winter 2019- during a two-hour extravaganza that included spectacular live entertainment. Marlies: “For over 25 years, it has been my mission to empower women. To make that mission come to life for the stage was a magical experience: an unforgettable celebration of feminine feminism.
Anti-aging beyond botox
Do you believe in the fountain of youth? Neither does Belgian doctor Peter Aelbrecht. He does, however, offer something nearly as miraculous: a personalized, holistic combination of Western medical science and alternative treatments that can slow ageing and dramatically improve the quality of your life. My kind of Doctor Love!
Who was Anne Boleyn? Read the history books, and you get the facts: Anne Boleyn (1501- 1536) was the Tudor sister who became the Queen of England, the mother of Elizabeth I, and the tragic love of King Henry VIII who had her beheaded after only 1000 days of marriage. But read the countless poems, biographies and movie scripts, and you get the picture: by daring to dream, Anne Boleyn stubbornly and singlehandedly changed the course of history.