Richard III

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Lady Anne, Queen Anne Character Analysis

The widow of Edward of Westminster (the heir to Henry VI's throne before both were killed by Richard), Richard successfully woos the grieving Anne. He speaks to her of love, but in fact wants to use her to legitimate his own claim to the throne. Anne quickly comes to regret the marriage and loathes Richard until her premature death.

Lady Anne, Queen Anne Quotes in Richard III

The Richard III quotes below are all either spoken by Lady Anne, Queen Anne or refer to Lady Anne, Queen Anne. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Richard III published in 1996.
Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

Poor key-cold figure of a holy king,
Pale ashes of the house of Lancaster,
Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood

Related Characters: Lady Anne, Queen Anne (speaker), Richard, Duke of Gloucester, King Richard III
Page Number: 1.2.5-7
Explanation and Analysis:

This scene begins with the entrance of Lady Anne and a funeral procession bearing King Henry VI's coffin. Henry VI was Lady Anne's father-in-law, as she was married to his son Edward of Westminster; both men were killed by Richard. With the lines quoted here, Lady Anne begins a long monologue in which she mourns her father-in-law and husband and curses the man who killed them (Richard).

She starts by addressing the dead body directly. "Key-cold" essentially means stone cold; the body is as lifeless as a cold key. She next characterizes the dead king as the "pale ashes of the house of Lancaster," which has now fallen out of power with the ascension of the house of York. The Lancaster royal bloodline has been theoretically ended, and thus we see a double meaning in "thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood." The king is literally bloodless since he is dead, and he is also bloodless in the sense that his son has been killed and his bloodline has been stopped. Note also that she calls him a "holy" king; kings and queens at the time were considered to be rulers by "divine right." The play will question this idea, and consider how important character is in a ruler--whether blood alone should be the deciding factor of who heads the state. 

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Act 4, Scene 1 Quotes

My woman's heart
Grossly grew captive to his honey words
And proved the subject of my own soul's curse,
Which ever since hath kept my eyes from rest

Related Characters: Lady Anne, Queen Anne (speaker), Richard, Duke of Gloucester, King Richard III
Page Number: 4.1.83-86
Explanation and Analysis:

Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess, Dorset, Anne, and Margaret Plantagenet are all at the Tower in hopes of visiting the young princes. However, they are stopped by Brackenbury, who says that Richard (whom he calls king) has forbidden visits. Immediately following Brackenbury's exit, Stanley enters and informs the women that indeed, Richard will be crowned king, and that Anne's presence is required so that she can be crowned his queen.

Here, she laments her situation, frustratedly recalling how Richard wooed her with his "honey words." Richard's language is a powerful tool, and Anne, too, is eloquent in her cries, but she becomes the victim of her own prophetic curse-speech. During her grief and Richard's courtship, she cursed him to make the woman he married miserable. Now that she has married him, subdued by those honey words, she has fulfilled her own prophecy and is herself extremely miserable and restless, unable to sleep. 

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Lady Anne, Queen Anne Character Timeline in Richard III

The timeline below shows where the character Lady Anne, Queen Anne appears in Richard III. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...Edward's hatred of Clarence, wait for Edward to die of sickness, and then marry Lady Anne, whose father (King Henry VI) and husband (Edward of Westminster) Richard himself killed. He'll marry... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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Lady Anne enters in mourning alongside the funerary procession bearing King Henry VI's coffin. Anne, distraught, furiously... (full context)
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Richard enters and calls a halt to the procession, incensing Anne. She berates Richard, calling him "foul devil" and asking God and earth to kill him.... (full context)
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Alone on stage, Richard gleefully marvels at his success with Anne. "Was ever woman in this humour woo'd? Was ever woman in this humour won? I'll... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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At the Tower, Queen Elizabeth enters on one side with the Duchess and Dorset while Anne, now Richard's wife, and Margaret Plantagenet enter on the other side. All are on their... (full context)
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Stanley enters and summons Anne to Westminster to be crowned Richard's queen. Elizabeth wails in grief at the news of... (full context)
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...to the Earl of Richmond (a Lancaster). Richard tells Catesby to spread a rumor that Anne is deathly ill and to find some man of low rank to marry Margaret Plantagenet.... (full context)
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...Plantagenet, married off Margaret Plantagenet in a low marriage, killed King Edward's sons, and that Anne has died. Now he aims to beat Richmond to marrying King Edward's daughter. (full context)
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...Henry VI, Clarence, Rivers, Grey, Vaughan, Hastings, Edward Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, Anne, and Buckingham rise in succession. Each ghost speaks to Richard and then to Richmond. Each... (full context)