Questions about Anne Boleyn’s Execution

Posted By on August 9, 2020

In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I answer questions that I’m regularly asked about Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, which took place 19th May 1536.

  • What were the charges against Anne Boleyn?
  • When was Anne Boleyn executed?
  • Where was Anne Boleyn executed?
  • Who was at Anne Boleyn’s execution?
  • Which ladies attended Anne Boleyn at her execution?
  • What did Anne Boleyn wear at her execution?
  • How as Anne Boleyn executed?
  • Was Anne Boleyn blindfolded?
  • Who was Anne Boleyn’s executioner?
  • What did Anne Boleyn say at her execution?
  • Where was Anne Boleyn buried?
  • Was Anne Boleyn’s head put on a pike?
  • Were Anne Boleyn’s remains ever exhumed?
  • What sources do we have for Anne Boleyn’s execution?
  • What was the reaction to Anne Boleyn’s execution in Europe?

My article on the exhumation of Anne Boleyn’s remains can be found here.

And now for some fun – it is 2020 after all and we need fun! Here is a screen capture that my dear friend Sheena sent me of the YouTube closed captioning for the above video. What I’m actually saying is “crimson kirtle, an ermine-trimmed grey damask robe….” Ha!

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Happy St Anne’s Day!

Posted By on July 26, 2020

Today, 26th July, is the feast day of St Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ. Happy St Anne’s Day to any Annes or Annas out there! Have a wonderful day!

St Anne was very important to Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, and a pageant at her coronation procession in 1533 took St Anne, combined with Anne Boleyn’s falcon badge, as its theme.

Find out more about the pageant at Anne Boleyn’s coronation, and why St Anne was chosen as the theme, in this “on this day” video.

You can read Nasim’s article on Anne Boleyn’s coronation procession here

Also on this day in Tudor history, 26th July 1588, 4,000 men assembled at Tilbury Fort in an effort to prevent the Spanish Armada from travelling up the Thames and attacking London. Find out what had led up to this day in last year’s video:

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