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Nan Saville as played by Serena Brabazon
| Character's backstory: Although there is mention of an Anne Saville as lady-in waiting to Anne, not much is known about her, so this is a Fictional Character in the series possibly based on an amalgamation of several ladies-in-waiting such as : |
Margaret Wyatt, Lady Lee. born c. 1506 - died c. 1543
Good friend & companion of Anne Boleyn and sister of Thomas Wyatt.She was known as Anne's chief lady-in-waiting who "she loves as a sister," However Margaret did not give testimony against Anne as portrayed in the series. Victorian tradition has it that she attended Anne in the tower and received her book of hours as a last gift from her. Anne had written a short farewell to Margaret inside the prayer book:"Remember me when you do pray, that hope doth lead from day to day." However this is disputed by Historian Eric Ives as a Victorian apocryphal tale.
Position: Mistress of the Queen's Wardrobe
Personality type: She was praised for her "blood, friendship, beauty, youth," in her funeral elegy
Nan Cobham who it has been speculated could have been Anne Braye, wife of George Brooke, Lord Cobham (one of the peers who sat in Judgement on Anne Boleyn). Nothing much is known about her except that she, along with two other ladies-in-waiting ( Elizabeth Browne, Lady Worcester & it is presumed Margery Horsman) gave evidence against Anne Boleyn. From their testimony, Cromwell would maintain that "The Queen's incontinent living was so rank and uncommon that the ladies of her privy chamber could not conceal it"
Anne (Nan) Gainsford (later Zouche) :When a poison pen drawing came into [Anne Boleyn's] hands, showing a male figure labelled 'H' and two female figures 'K' & 'A' and with 'A' having no head, she called to Anne Gainsford.: " Come hither Nan, See here a book of prophecy; thus he saith is the king, this the queen, and this is myself with my head off". The girl said sensibly. "If I thought it true, though he were an emperor, I would not myself marry him with that condition".
Anne responded: "Yes Nan, I think the book a bauble, yet for the hope I have that the realm may be happy by my issue, I am resolved to have him whatsoever might become of me", [contemporary source : George Wyatt's 'Wolsey']
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Margaret Wyatt, Lady Lee by Hans Holbein c. 1540
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