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1536 – Anne Boleyn is Executed

19 May

The charges against the Queen of England shocked the whole of Europe; adultery against her husband King Henry VIII, incest, witchcraft, a high treason for plotting the death of the king.  Whether the charges are true or not is up for debate (though I myself wholeheartedly believe Anne to be innocent) she was found guilty in a trial and sentenced to death by beheading, a somewhat merciful change from the traditional death of those convicted of high treason.  At nine in the morning, she was escorted from the Tower of London to Tower Green, where her head was removed with the single swing of a sword.  Below is a modernized transcript of her speech at the execution platform and the last words she ever spoke:

Good Christian people, I have [come here] to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I [am here] to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best. And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me.

O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul.

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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in British Royalty, The Tudors

 

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