Anne Boleyn Play by Tom Taylor 1875


Anne Boleyn National Portrait Gallery.
Anne Boleyn National Portrait Gallery.

This post piqued my interest, and I thought I had to share. Anyone read this? Or Francis Bacon’s ‘The Tragedy of Anne Boleyn’ or John Banks’ ‘Virtue Betray’d’?

http://anneboleynnovels.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/anne-boleyn-an-original-historical-play-in-five-acts-by-tom-taylor-1875/

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3 thoughts on “Anne Boleyn Play by Tom Taylor 1875

  1. I’ve read the “Bacon” play and reviewed it here: https://anneboleynnovels.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/the-tragedy-of-anne-boleyn-by-sir-francis-bacon-decoded-by-elizabeth-wells-gallup-1901/. It’s pretty dire — basically a cut-and-paste job of Shakespeare, Bacon, and a lot of other Elizabethan writers, and very difficult to wade through. There’s an interesting back story to how Mrs. Gallup came to produce it, but since it’s a mixture made from a dozen different works and a whole lot more characters, there’s no consistency to it at all.

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    1. Interesting view. I’ll bear that in mind when I get around to reading it fully. I’m analysing it alongside Shakespeare for my Masters thesis this year, and I’m kind of dreading having to wade through it now.

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    2. Update on what I thought of the Bacon play – basically garbage. It took all my efforts to wade through to the end. I thought that his intentions were admirable but the way that he went about it was ridiculous. One of my favourite lines from my thesis was this … “Possibly Bacon saw witchcraft as a way to make the other charges sound just as silly, at a time where logic and reason were beginning to triumph over superstition. This appears to be the main theme of Bacon’s play – to make Anne Boleyn a real character rather than a faraway and unreachable figure.”

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