6 thoughts on “TBT: Anne of the Thousand Days

  1. Anne wore her hair loose ( as was the custom) at her coronation so your comment about not having her hair done is rather ridiculous. When she is married, her hair is always covered, according to convention.

    The colours used for Henry were spot on for accuracy – green, red, tawny and black as detailed in Maria Hayward’s book on Henry’s wardrobe.

    1. Almost none of those French hoods are accurate – most don’t have the hood portion of the hood. You’d never see hair hanging loose behind a hood; simply not done. A hood is not a headband or a visor.

  2. But Anne is the only one with flowing hair, deliberately done by Furze to make her stand out.

    Perhaps you could point me to where I could see a surviving French hood? One of the problems is interpreting a 2D drawing from a 3D object which is something even Holbein struggles with.

  3. I love this movie, it’s the movie that comes the closest to showing H8’s harassment of Anne, and that Anne genuinely wanted to get away from him (she seemed to have fallen in love with him later on, but that doesn’t erase the fact that she was sexually harassed in the beginning).

    The costumes are also very pretty, and much better than many other Tudor movies, even though the french hoods are more like headbands than proper hoods.

    About Anne’s hair, she did wear it loose on occasion before her marriage, since she was an unmarried maiden, and she also had loose hair at her coronation.
    We know her hair was so long that she could sit on it, and she would also weave jewels into her hair (that’s actually showed in this movie, and it’s so pretty).

  4. Margaret Furse had the skill and panache in her designs to make Ms Bujold stand out…in particular NOT slavishly copying historical portraits and therefore making her hoods deliberately more flattering than those more conventional ones worn by the other actresses in the film (which did conform to historical examples). Furse avoided the brash reds and blacks usually associated with Anne Boleyn and chose a palette that was historically accurate yet flattering to Ms Bujold. She knows how to make a good bodice, which is never an easy thing to do in period films. Thanks for doing these reviews; we all have our different opinions. BTW, two of these gowns from the film are now on display at Hever Castle in Kent (until November 2019). Be warned: they are much altered and showing their age (50 years).

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