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The ghost of Queen Anne Boleyn
June 9, 2010
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We've all heard the stories about headless ghosts in the Tower and other places, but if she really was going round haunting then the question is…….

If you saw the ghost of Anne, and you knew 100% it was her, would you be scared of her or would you stick around?

I would like to think I would stay and chat or at least just look at her to see what she really looked like. Wonder if she resembled Natalie Dormer?

Everyone remembers a hero.

June 9, 2010
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To be honest, I'd probably run the other way! We probably wouldn't recognise her unless she was wearing her B necklace!

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June 9, 2010
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If she was holding her head under her arm, chances are…I'd run. I'm not sure I'd be able to talk to the head if it's not attached to her body.  I might have a little problem with that.  If she had her head on her shoulders, I might stick around and try to speak with her.

June 9, 2010
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I'd try and stay but I know I'm a wimp so I don't really know! I'd rather kidnap Doctor Who and get him to take me to Henry's court in the TARDIS! 😀

June 11, 2010
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I would stick around – and if truth be told when I went to the Tower many years ago I went several times and dragged my husband along hoping to see such a thing!  I now always tell people to go there it was one of the most amazing experiences I ever had going to the Tower and truthfully I was a little disappointed I did not see something particularly as we went in May.

June 12, 2010
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I WOULD HOPEFULLY STAY. MORE THAN ANYTHING, LIKE ANOTHER HAS SAID. I WANT TO KNOW WHATS SHE REALLY DID LOOK LIKE. HOPEFULLY SIMILIAR TO GENIEVE BUJOLD. MY FAVORITE ANNE. I COULDNT TALK TO HER, BEING DUMSTRUCK WOULD STOP THAT.

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June 12, 2010
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Well, if there's a TARDIS involved… then I'd like to be the 'ghost', and go back to tell Anne what will happen. That, yes, Henry marries Jane and has a boy, but that Jane doesn't get to enjoy her 'triumph'. That Henry makes himself look ridiculous marrying again and again. That his son doesn't make it to adulthood. That Mary puts Elizabeth in great danger, but Elizabeth is able to escape with intelligence, courage, discretion and luck. That Elizabeth becomes Queen and is the greatest Tudor of all – that she changed our world for the better, and nearly 500 years later, she AND her mother, Anne, are still remembered and celebrated. That the world knows she was innocent. That's what I'd want her to know before her death.

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June 13, 2010
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well if she spoke to me, I would listen… but then again I would be so afraid i would be frozen in fear… LOL

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June 17, 2010
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If it is Queen Anne Boleyn, one must wait for her to speak to one first. Only then may one reply. And don't forget to curtsey!

June 17, 2010
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Impish_Impulse said:Well, if there's a TARDIS involved… then I'd like to be the 'ghost', and go back to tell Anne what will happen. That, yes, Henry marries Jane and has a boy, but that Jane doesn't get to enjoy her 'triumph'. That Henry makes himself look ridiculous marrying again and again. That his son doesn't make it to adulthood. That Mary puts Elizabeth in great danger, but Elizabeth is able to escape with intelligence, courage, discretion and luck. That Elizabeth becomes Queen and is the greatest Tudor of all – that she changed our world for the better, and nearly 500 years later, she AND her mother, Anne, are still remembered and celebrated. That the world knows she was innocent. That's what I'd want her to know before her death.


*applauds* This is exactly what I would want her to know before her execution as well. Well put, Impish 🙂

~ Team Anne ~

June 17, 2010
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Thanks, Bambaleyn! (blushes). It just kills me thinking of her despair, thinking she'll go to her grave, unmourned and without justice, worrying about what will happen to Elizabeth. Even if I couldn't save her, it would make me very happy to give her some reassurance and maybe serenity in her final days, to save her some pain and anguish.

ETA something else I've been mulling over with all of these Tudor ghost stories. I ran across something that mentioned converting dates from the Julian calendar to the current Gregorian calendar, something that happened after the reign of Elizabeth I, and it started me to wondering. So wouldn't all of these accounts of Anne's and other ghosts appearing on particular dates (their executions, Anne appearing at Hever at Christmas, etc.) be very odd? The actual dates from Tudor times are 10 days off from our times. So, do ghosts adjust their appearances to the current calendar, or should we actually be seeing them 10 days later, which would correspond to when it happened in their times? For example, Anne's execution on May 19, 1536 happened under the Julian calendar, and would correspond to May 29, 1536 under our current Gregorian calendar.

What do you guys think?

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June 18, 2010
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Excellent question, Carolyn.  The date, May 19th 1536, would be burned into Anne's ghostly memory, I would think.  It wouldn't matter what calendar was being used when she was murdered.  She would come back on May 19th.  To celebrate Christmas…December 25th.  What might throw her off, would be New Year.  If I remember correctly they celebrated that holiday in March.  Hmmmm.

June 18, 2010
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I think it would depend on whether it was an active ghost or just an echo of traumatic events, like Catherine Howard's sprint along the gallery at Hampton Court (is it Hampton? I can't remember!). Anne could very well be haunting risidually even though I believe she's moved on.

June 24, 2010
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I have heard several accounts of Anne Boleyn's “ghost”, and I'll be straight with you, I am not a believer. However, I'll suspend my disbelief. If I saw Anne's ghost, I would try to talk to her and ask a few questions!!

Think about it. What harm can a ghost do? Its' the living we need to fear, not the dead. Besides, after floating around the ether for the best part of five centuries (or whatever it is that ghosts do), Anne might appreciate some company and conversation. Even if it is with a jumped up, opinionated Scouser like me!

One question for the believers though. I have heard that Anne's ghost rides around in a carriage. If ghosts are imprints of human souls, then where does the ghostly carraige come from? That, surely, has no soul? Its' an odd one. I always wanted to believe, but could never quite let go of reason and science.

Be daly prove you shalle me fynde,nTo be to you bothe lovyng and kynde,

June 25, 2010
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They didn't even have carriages in Anne's day, so I'm not really a believer either.

Ainsi sera, groigne qui groigne.

July 25, 2010
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Interesting WMJ,

I would have so many questions, I would have so much to ask and so much to tell Anne, especially that her memory still lives on. I certainly would not fear the spirit of a good person, as Anne was.

Those who know me will have often heard me say that the spirit world would have a lot of catching up to do to come anywhere close to what the living have done in my experience.

The Blicking story is just too unbelievable, however some of the stories from the Tower of London are interesting. One is that a Beefeater saw lights coming from Saint Peter Ad Vincula Chapel, on looking inside through the window, he saw a parade up the isle led by a lady fitting Anne's description. (I must see if I can find out a date Impish?) The Gregorian calendar is also a very interesting Question and could change a lot for us all.

The BBC did a program once from the Tower about 10 years ago I think, they were more interested in Sir Walter Raleigh's spirit though.

The other story that I have read is a ghost of a woman that could possibly be Anne by the archway near the Bloody Tower. Again I am not sure about the possible dates but seen at night. There are reports of the young princes in this area also.

Some links…

http://www.yourghoststories.co…..london.php

http://www.guide-to-castles-of…..hosts.html

http://www.ghoststudy.com/mont…..london.htm

Again WMJ, what interviews I have seen of Naailie Dormer on the subject of Anne, she seems very much in awe of Anne and did her research on her role very intensively. 

If it was not this, then it would be something else?

July 25, 2010
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Thanks for the links, Paudie. I liked the first and third, but the middle link… I can overlook the lack of editing, but it describes KH's Hampton Court haunting as occurring in the Tower. It also says Jane Grey and her husband a.) never left the Tower after Mary's accession [true], and b.) that they were released and rearrested [not so much] – in the same paragraph! It also says she was the granddaughter of Louis XII. [facepalm] On that page, I found the story of an unseen, malevolent presence in The Salt Tower the most believable, and something I would NOT like to meet!

I'm going to spend much time browsing the other two links, though, so thanks!

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August 1, 2010
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Just not too late in the night, for the ghost stories!

If it was not this, then it would be something else?

August 1, 2010
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I did read the ghost stories at night, and later the cat jumping up on the bed scared the bejesus out of me! LOL But then he snuggled up and I had no nightmares. Good kitty!

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