Camille’s Entry

Lady RochfordThis account is from the viewpoint of Lady Jane Rochford, George Boleyn’s wife:-

I stood shrouded in black, a few rows back from where she was to die. My visage was obscured by a veil of lace, so I would not be recognized, for this was not a time I wished attention drawn to me.

I HAD to see my sister-in-law, Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, leave this world, as her brother, my husband George, Viscount Rochford, had done a few days prior. All their lives, George had chosen her over me, his wedded wife, and finally, within the hour, I was to see her depart this world forever, in disgrace. She took everything from me, and it was the least I deserved.

The very least, but it was all I had left: to witness her death. She had taken my husband, my honor, my money, my position at Court. No husband, no status, no wealth, lands, beauty or youth to ensnare another one, so no children. Yes, indeed, it was the least I deserved, seeing her die.

I watched the French executioner as he struck the single blow, and watched her head separate from her body… I surveyed the bloody scaffold, I realized my hands were shaking, and my mouth opened in a scream, although no sound came out.. SHE would be with him! I would NEVER be rid of her!

Left behind, yet again, so brother and sister would finally have nothing–or no one– to come between them. It was the very least I deserved.

By Camille Green

1 thought on “Camille’s Entry”

  1. Ali.S says:

    Camille I really liked your entry. I think Lady Rochford is quite a difficult lady to get to know and I don’t think there are too many books or articles written about her. I cannot really understand why she assisted Catherine Howard to have assignations with her so called lovers. She must have known how Henry would deal with anyone who either crossed him or made him look stupid. It was such a dangerous time for anyone. On reading your entry it made me wonder just what sort of women she was and obviously from the position of hindsight that we have I do wonder about her own mental state at that time.

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