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During his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry conducted an affair with Mary Boleyn, Catherine’s lady-in-waiting. There has been speculation that Mary’s two children, Henry and Catherine Carey, were fathered by Henry, but this has never been proved, and the King never acknowledged them as he did Henry FitzRoy.
In 1525, as Henry grew more impatient with Catherine’s inability to produce the male heir he desired, he became enamoured of Mary Boleyn’s sister, Anne, then a charismatic young woman of 25 in the Queen’s entourage. Anne, however, resisted his attempts to seduce her, and refused to become his mistress as her sister Mary Boleyn had. It was in this context that Henry considered his three options for finding a dynastic successor and hence resolving what came to be described at court as the King’s “great matter”. These options were legitimising Henry FitzRoy, which would take the intervention of the pope and would be open to challenge; marrying off Mary as soon as possible and hoping for a grandson to inherit directly, but Mary was considered unlikely to conceive before Henry’s death; or somehow rejecting Catherine and marrying someone else of child-bearing age. Probably seeing the possibility of marrying Anne, the third was ultimately the most attractive possibility to the 34-year-old Henry, and it soon became the King’s absorbing desire to annul his marriage to the now 40-year-old Catherine. It was a decision that would lead Henry to reject papal authority and initiate the English Reformation. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story based in a royal court full of intrigue.

Journaling Prompt: Do you believe that the church and the state should both be involved in marriage?

Art Prompt: Anne Boleyn

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of the King’s Great Matter and how it has affected the world to this day.

She was beautiful when she was angry, and she was more than beautiful today. –Celtic Skies by Delaney Rhodes

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who is in love with an angry woman.

Journaling Prompt: How do you act when you get angry.

Art Prompt: My anger

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about a time when you got angry and what you learned from that experience.

Photo Credit: Matthew Kenwrick on Flickr

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He gathered her unbound hair and started working through it with the comb from the top of her head down to its ends, which brushed the floor. It was impossible to concentrate on anything except the warmth of his breath on her neck, the way his fingers brushed against her back, or her arms, or the lobe of her ear. This state of suspension, him brushing and her sitting so still lest she utter his name or throw herself into his arms, was almost painful, and yet she dared not move for fear of breaking the connection. Anji was a patient man, very disciplined, and she began to wonder if he meant to comb her hair all night just to see who would break first. And because she was so very tired, and wrung tight, and aching with misery and hope, she began to laugh, a little hysterically perhaps, but laughter all the same even if there were sobs caught in it. He set the comb on the tray. “Enough, Mai,” he said, his voice husky with desire, perhaps with satisfaction, perhaps with anger still simmering. He embraced her, pulling her close. “Enough.” –Kate Elliott, Traitors’ Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or poem about a couple who has had a fight and how they make up.

Journaling Prompt: How do you make a conciliatory gesture after a fight?

Art Prompt: Making up

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a fight you had with someone important to you.

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chinwag

chinwag n
  • (Britain, informal) An informal conversation, usually about everyday matters; a chat, a gossip.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Who is your favorite person to sit down with for a chinwag? What makes that person so much fun to talk with?

Art Prompt: Chinwag

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

Photo Credit: Peter Worsley on Flickr

worried

There was a silence, then Karla said, “I’m coming right over… –The Contestant by C.J. Lea

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about what happens when Karla comes over.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you heard something in a family member’s voice that told you that he or she wasn’t telling you the whole story.

Art Prompt: I’ll be right over

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a dramatic story about getting a phone call and having to rush away.

Photo Credit: Alon on Flickr

fragileheart

…destiny permits no one to continue in blissful happiness. Fate could not tolerate it. Something trivial, a glance, a word, a touch, could shatter a friendship. A love deemed deep and lasting was so fragile it could disappear like straw in the wind. –The Contessa’s Vendetta: A Novel of Betrayal and Revenge by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem inspired by a twist of fate.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when your happiness was shattered suddenly.

Art Prompt: Fragile fate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching story about a twist of fate.

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ugly-girl

Once upon a time, there was an ugly girl. –The Wicker Husband by Ursula Wills-Jones

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: When do you judge people by appearances? 

Art Prompt: Ugly girl

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about judging someone by appearances.

Photo Credit: Lana on Flickr

chops

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Photo Credit: Chops on Big Happy Fun House

saturday

Mike wondered if Coach Phillips was just jerking him around. “You want me to pick a team?” –BLIND SIDE BY PETER WOOD

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an embarrassing memory from a physical education class.

Art Prompt: My Team

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous story about being embarrassed in phys ed.

Photo Credit: Trevor Coultart on Flickr