I know this post on the execution of Anne Boleyn is a bit late but I felt the need to still post it as a way of sort of commemorating the day one of England’s queens died on the execution block. To this day, many of us still wonder if Anne’s downfall was her own doing or the doing of Henry. That is just one of those things that we will never know, many of us Historians will just have to live with never knowing this.
On this fateful day, the bravery and courage that Anne had when taking her final journey to the scaffold where her life would tragically end, not many people could do this, if I was to be extremely honest, I definitely could not do it myself.
Once upon the scaffold Anne Boleyn spoke her final words in this life to her people that had three years before championed her. These final words are as followed:
“Good Christian people, I have not come here to preach a sermon; 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 come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak 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 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 may 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.”
After making her final words her ladies-in-waiting took their places at the side of her and began to remove Anne’s hood and loosening her famous dark locks before they finally tuck them into a cloth cap so that her neck was visible to the executioner. At this point her ladies sobbed silently while Anne paid her own executioner, while he begged her for his forgiveness for the most horrifying event that he was about to commit. Yet Anne still showed no fear even though she knew the fate that she was about to face. Once Anne had told the executioner that she forgave him he placed a blindfold over the eyes that had once seen so much love from her husband the king. While the executioner was doing this she knelt to the ground and prayed: “To Jesus Christ I commend my soul; Lord Jesus receive my soul.” By this point the crowd went down on their knees to show their upmost respect for the woman that they once called their beloved Queen. The only sound that could be heard was the sound of Anne Boleyn whispering her prayers. By this point the executioner was shaken by the fact that Anne has no fear and so much courage. He knew that Anne was expecting the blow to her neck any moment so he called on his assistant to create a distraction so that he could take that fateful blow to her tiny neck without her realising the blow was coming.
Her tragic ordeal was over!
Henry denied Anne her proper burial with a Christian service instead her devastated ladies-in-waiting gathered up their Queen’s body and head and wrapped them up in a white cloth and they took them to the Tower Chapel. Once in the Tower Chapel the Queen and mother of the future Queen Elizabeth I was finally laid to rest however in an unmarked grave and buried as a traitor to the crown of England.