February 22, 2013
Ok, I’m kind of confused, I’ve never read this before And I apologize for someone else is already open the topic on this I love to find out. So my question is, I just read that Anne Boleyn’s heart is rumored to have been placed in St Mary’s Church, Erwarton, Suffolk. I have never heard this. I know where Anne’s remains are, so this is quite confusing. Just her heart is rumored to be in this church? I thought all of her remains where found in an elm box in St. Peter Ad Vincula? Where there are many people if high note buried there including Lady Jane Grey, Katherine Howard, George Boleyn, etc just to name a few. I’m sure this is the only place where any part of Anne’s remains are, but I ran into that rumor of her heart bring buried at St. Mary’s. again this is the first time I have ran across this information. So, any help with this would be appreciated. I would love to have this myth be debunked by Claire if it is incorrect. And any info or if anyone knows please write back. I’m usually really good at this and have been researching The Tudors for two years and this is the first time I have seen it. I found it on Wikipedia while I was researching something else. Thanks hope to hear back.
January 3, 2012
Actually Anne was buried in an old arrow chest. For some reason a coffin hadn’t been supplied for her. Whether this was purely an accidently thing or done delibrately I don’t know. Perhaps it was believed right up and until the end that Henry wouldn’t chop her head off or/and that she would except Henry’s terms and go abroad into exile with Elizabeth. But I do know that that the arrow chest was too small for Anne’s head to be placed where it should be and that it was tucked into a space under her arm. I’ve heard that it was quite common for an executed (beheaded) person to have had their head sown back on prior to burial.
I don’t think it’s likely that Anne’s heart would have been taken and buried in St Mary’s. Basically because her burial was extremely hasty, due to the debarkle of her coffin, and that Henry wanted her out of sight and mind quickly.
Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod
February 24, 2010
Yes, I have heard this before. I guess people were never satisfied with the fact hat she was buried at St Pete’s. We all like the romantic notion that her family may have taken her body from there and reburied it in a family plot, or that her heart was buried near a place she loved. Most of the legends didn’t pop up until the 1800’s. The Victorians were a romantic and imaginitive group. Claire did write about these legends: http://www.theanneboleynfiles……yn-buried/
I believe all of Anne is buried in St Peter’s Chapel.
PS Nice to meet you Lady Brooke.
February 22, 2010
I’ve been to this church, it’s rather old and dilapidated, and seen the church organ under which it’s supposed to be buried. Didn’t Anne’s waiting women bury her? would it have been so hard to remove the organ. They weren’t surgeons, so I guess it would be. But how well guarded was St. Peter in the 16th century, exactly? you don’t know what sort of grim souviner hunters might have been lurking around. We need to try not to judge their life and moral codes by our own standards, because otherwise we’re always going to fall short
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