Olga Nikolayevna A L P H A B E T ♥ R is for Reading
"Olga…read widely, book fiction and poetry, often borrowing books from her mother’s tables before the Empress had read them. ‘You must wait Mama, until I found out whether this book is a proper one for you to read,’ she parried when Alexandra spotted her reading a missing book."
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie
You and I both know there’s got to be some greater storyline for you than ‘girl gets heart broken, was sad forever’. I think a nice one would be ‘girl gets heart broken, was sad for a while but in her heartbreak she found freedom, friends, and the ability to look back and laugh at all she’d learned. She now lives her life on her own terms and still has fantastic hair.’
Ladies who kick ass: Anne Boleyn
"This morning she sent for me, that I might be with her at such time as she received the good Lord, to the intent I should hear her speak as touching her innocence away to be clear. And in the writing of this she sent for me, and at my coming she said, ‘Mr. Kingston, I hear I shall not die afore noon, and I am very sorry therefore, for I thought to be dead by this time and past my pain.’ I told her it should be no pain, it was so little. And then she said, ‘I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck,’ and then put her hands about it, laughing heartily. I have seen many men and also women executed, and that they have been in great sorrow, and to my knowledge this lady has much joy in death. Sir, her almoner is continually with her, and had been since two o’clock after midnight.”
According to a legend,an attendant told Anne that Lady Mary had acknowledged her as the Queen of England by curtsying to her. Anne did not notice,so she became embarrased at not noticing, Lady Mary had acknowledged her as the Queen of England. She was so pleased that she sent a message to her ,where she as the Queen of England greeted her warmly and in order to apologize for not seeing her curtsy towards her ,that she desired that “ this may be the entrance of friendly correspondence” which she would gladly accept. However Mary replied that it was impossible for the queen to have been there ,for her mother was not there and that again she acknowledged no other queen save her mother and the curtsy she made was to the altar not her.
Henry VIII’s intelligent and charismatic second wife, Anne Boleyn, was a significant female historical figure, and not just because she was one of the King’s legendary six wives. It was Anne’s religious beliefs and her attraction to Protestantism that provided a solution to Henry’s “Great Matter” — his divorce from Catherine of Aragon. Some historians believe Anne’s religious beliefs contributed to the plot against her that led to her execution.