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This story tells what "might have been" had Anne's child been male -- for the Reformed Faith, for the political turmoil that was England and the Continent and for the people whose lives would be changed so much.
We will be using the same folk that you know: Anne, Henry, Cromwell, Norfolk, even Henry's other wives but all will be "re-worked" to meet with the novel's basic idea that Anne's sons have made her position as Queen safe beyond all possible attacks.
It also means that Henry has not become the bloated, paranoid man of his middle and old age -- with the blessing of three (and perhaps more) healthy Tudor heirs, Great Harry remains the dashing figure seen by the Venetian Ambassador: "His Majesty is the handsomest potentate I ever set eyes on" far longer into his life. Nor does Anne become the nervous, anxious woman that her last months tell us of-- she has become a confident helpmeet to her King and plays a truly significant role in how things develop during their joint rule.
NOTE: This is an alternate history so when considering a character for The Most Happy it is acceptable to base the character on an actual person who would logically have been part of the world of Henry and Anne. The thing to keep in mind as you sort through the possibilities is that Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr do not become Henry's wives. NOR do the Seymour brothers (Edward and Thomas) become Protector and Lord High Admiral -- although Thomas IS free to marry Catherine Parr after the death of her second husband as Henry is not going to be swooping in looking for a sixth wife!
So, take your time, find a character or invent a new character that would fit into Henry & Anne's court that you find interesting and develop what would have happened to them between 1536 and 1541 -- and where you think they would be going in this altered world.
The Most Happy's date today is:Jan 20th 1541AD
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