…and why was that? Well, apart from having a father like Thomas who was ruthless enough to promote his own family by having his own daughters brought to Henry VIII’s bedchamber. Her original name was Bullen. That’s nothing to smile about, plus, they were originally from Norfolk. I mustn’t be too harsh about Thomas, such behaviour was commonplace at the time. However, ‘Boleyn’ was an affectation assumed following her time in the French court. And not unsurprisingly watching her sister Mary’s behaviour there left her little to smile about either.
…That and her awful teeth.
Which, it seems that her daughter Elizabeth inherited. Queen Elizabeth is reported to have stuffed her cheeks with cotton wool to stop her face from caving in because of all the bad teeth..
.. and this illustrates a fairly valid point of these historical ramblings.. Gum disease is heriditary. If your parents lost their teeth due to gum disease then you need to take great care of your smile. Nothing but scrupulous oral hygiene will suffice. That involves regular trips to the dentist for check-ups and the Hygienist for cleaning. Also your home care needs to be second to none – using a quality electric tooth brush will help. Flossing every day to clean effectively between your teeth, fluoride toothpaste. Ask your dentist or hygienist to show you how to clean properly. They’ll help to stop you losing your head… Or at least your smile.