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.”
Anne Boleyn | The Most Happy
I know how I got there and it was not all you. It was not all you or any other man you want to name. It was also me. He fell in love with me, he respected me. And my opinions.
Things that The Tudors’ Writers Did Right: Celebration after Katherine of Aragon’s Death: 1536
“The next day, Sunday, the king and queen appeared in joyful yellow from top to toe, and Elizabeth was triumphantly paraded to church. After dinner Henry went down into the Great Hall… dancing, with his sixteenth - month old daughter in his arms, showing her off to one and another.” - In the Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives
Let them grumble.
“poor katherine howard. she lies in the cold ground next to me, poor child. it was not her fault either. but we were like two moths drawn to the flame…and burned.”
Things that The Tudors’ Writers Did Right: Henry’s Distraction: December 1533
“She nearly caused an international incident at a banquet on 1 December 1533 by bursting into laughter when she was talking to the French ambassador. Offended, he had asked, ‘How now, Madam! Are you amusing yourself at my expense or what?’ Trying to mollify him, Anne explained that Henry had gone to bring another guest for her to entertain, and an important one, but on the way he had met a lady and the errand had gone completely out of his head.” - Eric Ives in The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn