Claire, your web site is wonderful. I check it daily for anything new and just recently purchased your book, The Fall of Anne Boleyn. It is fascinating! After Anne was executed, what became of her beautiful gowns and jewelry (i.e. personal effects)? Were they given away to ladies of the court or destroyed? This has puzzled me since she must have had exquisite gowns and jewels. I would love to know. Thank you.

The Tudors were very practical and Anne's belongings would have been recycled, e.g. her jewels re-set and passed on to the next queen. There is a record of Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, being paid £100 for Anne's "jewels and apparel" by the Crown, so he would have passed her belongings on to Cromwell and the King. The executioner would have been given what Anne was wearing at her execution.

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