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History Meme- 1/5
Assassinations Execution: Anne Boleyn
She knelt upright, in the French style of executions. Her final prayer consisted of her repeating continually, “To Jesus Christ I commend my soul; Lord Jesus receive my soul.” Her ladies removed her headdress and necklaces, and then tied a blindfold over her eyes. According to Eric W. Ives, the executioner Rombaud was so taken by Anne that he was shaken. Rombaud found it so difficult to proceed that to distract her and for her to position her head correctly, he is said to have shouted, “Where is my sword?” just before killing her. The execution consisted of a single stroke. It was witnessed by Thomas Cromwell, Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, the King’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, the Lord Mayor of London, as well as aldermen, sheriffs, and representatives of the various craft guilds. Most of the King’s Council were also present. Cranmer, who was at Lambeth Palace, was reported to have broken down in tears after telling Alexander Ales: “She who has been the Queen of England on earth will today become a Queen in heaven. (X)
My Elizabeth shall be queen.
(requested by dyingroses)
history meme - ten moments - the crowning and beheading of anne boleyn
Anne was crowned Queen of England on 1 June 1533, and her ascension to the throne marked the split between her husband, Henry VIII, and The Catholic Church, and the beginning of the The Church of England, which remains the state religion in England to this day. She was beheaded on 19 May 1536 under accusations of high treason, including murder, incest and witchcraft. Her daughter Elizabeth would eventually ascend the throne and become one of Britain’s most celebrated rulers. Anne is remembered as one of history’s most infamous queens.
19 May 1536 | The execution of Anne Boleyn
“Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, according to the law, for by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I come here only to die, and thus to yield myself humbly to the will of the King, my lord. And if, in my life, I did ever offend the King’s Grace, surely with my death I do now atone. I come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that whereof I am accused, as I know full well that aught I say in my defence doth not appertain to you. I pray and beseech you all, good friends, to pray for the life of the King, my sovereign lord and yours, who is one of the best princes on the face of the earth, who has always treated me so well that better could not be, wherefore I submit to death with good will, humbly asking pardon of all the world. If any person will meddle with my cause, I require them to judge the best. Thus I take my leave of the world, and of you, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. Oh Lord, have mercy on me! To God I commend my soul.”
In honor of Anne Boleyn’s death day (May 19 1536), here is a picture of her final resting place, St. Peter Ad Vincula church in the Tower of London. They wouldn’t let me take pictures inside. And I refuse to post one of the scaffold memorial because it incorrectly marks where Anne was beheaded.
I just finished reading Alison Weir’s book, The Lady in the Tower as well. It’s a wonderful read.