The Spanish Princess: Maggie Pole [ESFJ 2w1]

Function Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

“If you have nothing, then there is nothing to be afraid of. It is those who have everything that need be afraid.”

Maggie Pole

Maggie makes fierce and rapid judgments upon everyone she encounters, from her initial reaction to Catherine’s desire to lie to protect her second marriage (she quickly catches on to her intention and warns her against it, also states that she will not lie to protect her) to her warm nurturing of Prince Arthur in his emotional insecurities (telling him not to blame his wife for mistaking his brother’s letters for his own). Maggie freely expresses her unhappiness at their current state, her resentment for Catherine of Aragon, and her refusal to submit to Margaret Beaufort’s demands she tell the truth about Arthur’s marriage. When Catherine attempts to pressure her into keeping a secret for her, Maggie responds that she will live according to her conscience and do whatever is required to “keep my head attached to my neck,” since she has seen so many people executed to keep her cousin’s husband upon the throne. Though she strikes up a friendship with Thomas More, she also is free in expressing her disapproval for his aggressive tactics against Lutherans, since she finds the practice immoral. While she does not care for the Spanish Princess, confronted by Catherine’s bewilderment at a state function, she takes the time to tell her the dance they are about to do is “like” one Catherine knows well, thus ensuring she does it properly and does not humiliate herself in front of the court. Maggie spends much of her time caring for her family, or wanting to be home with them; she does not like the vicious politics of the court, which has cost her a brother in the sacrifice of “protecting England,” and has no desire to involve herself in its mechanisms. She remains in London only because her queen has demanded it, and then flees to the countryside to care for her children. Maggie finds it hard to move on from the past, and believes its actions reinforces the future—she warns Catherine if she conducts the second marriage she desires, for “The Tudor curse will take hold… no living sons!” Stubborn in her views and not easily shaken, Maggie is often fearful of what the future might hold, in her lack of an ability to anticipate it.

Enneagram: 2w1 sp/so

Maggie has a great deal of compassion for everyone—even though she intends to hate Catherine at first, because the girl’s arrival prompted her brother’s beheading, she cannot help forgiving her, comforting her, and protecting her when called upon to betray her. Out of defiance, she refuses to give in to Margaret Beaufort’s bullying demands of revealing the truth. She urges her daughter to make a ‘love match,’ rather than be purely detached in her ambitions for a husband, and is distressed at the idea that Ursula might marry simply for financial gain. She provided much love, support, and reassurance for Prince Arthur during his short life. She is forever volunteering to help people, rushing to their side if they fall ill, go into labor, or need someone to hold their hand. But Maggie also has a fierce streak of morality. She is the voice of moral reason at court. She objects to the torture chamber Sir Thomas More has installed in his house, and it causes her to ‘fall out of love with him,’ because she can think of no circumstance under which he could justify using it; it is too cruel. She tells off Catherine for her deceit and eventually confesses the truth to Henry. She does her utmost not to refuse her honor, although she feels tempted when left alone with More during the plague (she loves him, and should they not give in to that love if it makes them both happy?). But his refusal to do anything to hurt his family keeps her at a distance.