Mantel, unfortunately, repeats the “scheming Anne” portrayal in her own novels.
The goal of my book is to empower people to see through this scheming.
We still have enemies who spend every waking hour scheming of ways to blow up that mall of imagined peacetime.
Even the most sketch-ball, scheming car mechanic knows how much those brake pads cost.
Mordred is a slave to his lust for the Queen, finding no outlet for his thwarted energies except in scheming action.
There lay the scheming, busy head, but what availed all its calculations and its cunning now!
He's been scheming, ever since I told him you were coming, to get out of driving in to meet you.
The widow Francis (she was but Mrs. Francis Esmond) was a scheming, artful, heartless hussy.
Why, you've got all Nature on your side, plotting and scheming for you.
Unlike him in every respect was the partner of his joys: a more bustling, plotting, scheming existence it was hard to conceive.
1550s, "figure of speech," from Medieval Latin schema "shape, figure, form, appearance; figure of speech; posture in dancing," from Greek skhema (genitive skhematos) "figure, appearance, the nature of a thing," related to skhein "to get," and ekhein "to have," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, to hold in one's power, to have" (cf. Sanskrit sahate "he masters, overcomes," sahah "power, victory;" Avestan hazah "power, victory;" Greek ekhein "to have, hold;" Gothic sigis, Old High German sigu, Old Norse sigr, Old English sige "victory").
The sense "program of action" first is attested 1640s. Unfavorable overtones (selfish, devious) began to creep in early 18c. Meaning "complex unity of coordinated component elements" is from 1736. Color scheme is attested from 1884.
"devise a scheme," 1767 (earlier "reduce to a scheme," 1716), from scheme (n.). Related: Schemed; scheming.