Friday 7 August 2020

Anne Boleyn and the Devil's Pawmark


Writer Norah Lofts, author of a biography on Anne (Anne Boleyn, New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1979) entertained the notion that she might actually have been a witch.

Lofts, who had also penned fictional works dealing with the occult it should be mentioned, wondered how Anne achieved the power she had? Did she make a pact with the Devil, she asked?

According to the credulous Loft, how did a mere girl bring down the powerful Cardinal Wolsey for instance? As well, she had apparently made witch-like references while in the Tower of London. Also, she supposedly bore physical signs of being a sorceress (yes, the alleged infamous sixth finger on one hand). To further her case, Lofts referred to a painting of Anne at Hatfield House (based on a sketch by Hans Holbein of a lady whom are not 100% sure was actually her). 'The 'Devil's Pawmark' can be seen below her right ear', Lofts claimed!  


Anne Boleyn(?) (after Hans Holbein, Hatfield House)


Personally, I don't see it. Do you?

Still, Anne as a witch persists in popular culture. You can lean more by reading my article Anne of the Wicked Ways by clicking here.


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