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Preview snippet from “Six of One” by JoAnn Spears, arriving Fall, 2011

From Chapter Thirty-Two, Anne Boleyn Holds Dolly Spellbound

The set and curve of a French hood suited Ann Boleyn’s face and neck perfectly. I could see why she had imported the style from France when she had returned to England from there in 1522. Absolutely everything else about Ann Boleyn’s outfit was flattering to her, as well. Her flattish bustline, slender waist, and middling height were set off to perfection by the cut of her dress, which was innocent of ornament other than her trademark “B” necklace. She surpassed the five more elaborately dressed wives in elegance even though she was dressed so simply, like a Renaissance Audrey Hepburn in a little black dress. She looked so sophisticated that I was a little surprised when she initiated our tête-à-tête by pointing out the obvious.

Click on the Hampton Gallery Family Portrait below to find out what happened to Ann Boleyn’s necklace.