I just finished a book that I am going to recommend to anyone out there who likes historical novels. The book is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and it is the story of Henry VIII from the viewpoint of Thomas Cromwell. I liked this book very much and am looking forward to reading the next installment Bringing up the Bodies. The first book Wolf Hall takes you through the machinations it took to get Henry married off to Anne Boleyn in 1533 but drops you before he drops her…and of course, before her head drops as well.
Well, it’s just a coincidence that I have always thought that Queen Anne’s Lace was named after Anne Boleyn. I guess that’s because she was always the most famous Queen Anne that I had ever heard of. But on doing some research, I found that Anne Boleyn is not mentioned at all in relation to Queen Anne’s Lace but some think “it was Anne (1574 - 1619), the first Stuart Queen Anne, who was brought over from Denmark at fourteen years of age to be a Queen to King James of Scotland. Others argue it was Anne (1665 - 1714), the daughter of William and Mary, and the last monarch in the Stuart line.” Both apparently were expert tatters and lace makers.
Well, regardless of which Anne is involved, it seems to me that we have more Queen Anne’s Lace around these parts this summer than I can ever remember. It is a beautiful flower and it deserves to be treated like royalty now and then.
Heading out for a long weekend. See you all next week.