Talent for Intrigue
Was Jane Boleyn, aka Viscountess Rochford, a villain or a victim? One thing is certain: no other woman in the 16th century was as closely associated with as many dramatic events…
The intriguing Lady Rochford was born as Jane Parker in a wealthy, well-connected family in Norfolk around 1505. When she married George Boleyn in 1525, Jane did not suspect that her sister-in-law, beautiful and glamorous Anne, would become Queen of England. Yet soon, as one of Anne’s ladies-in-waiting, Jane would find herself dragged into maelstrom of intrigue and betrayal. She conspired with Anne against one of the king’s new mistresses, and got temporarily banished from court when Henry VIII found out. Not long afterwards, Jane became involved in an even bigger controversy when both her husband and Queen Anne were sent to the scaffold on accusations of incest and conspiracy. Did Jane provide the false testimony that got them beheaded? And did she really,
5 years later, facilitate queen Catherine Howard’s secret liaisons? There was never any proof, yet on the 13th of February 1542, it was Jane’s turn to lay her head on the executioner’s block, condemned to death for high treason. Although not even a portrait remains of the mysterious ‘Lady Rochford’, she managed to become one of history’s most controversial women. A shrewd plotter or a scapegoat? Perhaps she was merely a charismatic woman with a talent for intrigue. I like to think so.
NO ONE like me
As liberal and open-minded as Marlies Dekkers is now, during her childhood she was equally conservative. « Every night, I would be on my knees, praying my Hail Marys. » Still, that period is precious to her; it has shaped her into the power woman she is now. This year, Marlies celebrates being in business for 25 years, the perfect opportunity to look back at her milestones.
Governed by NO ONE
Flame-haired, brave-hearted and always dressed to dazzle, Elizabeth the First, also known as England’s ‘Virgin Queen’, is one of the most unforgettable women in history. Her glorious reign is known as The Golden Age ~ a period that saw the birth of Shakespeare, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the emergence of England as a world power. It lasted almost 45 years; Elizabeth’s legacy as a feminist icon however, has already spanned nearly 5 centuries. “My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”
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.
Glamour, the magical power of persuasion