Hi. Do we know the name of Anne’s executioner? If so which source does it come from. Thank you!

No, we don't know his actual name just that he was a famous French executioner and was known as "The Sword of Calais". Executioners tended to be anonymous.


4 thoughts on “Hi. Do we know the name of Anne’s executioner? If so which source does it come from. Thank you!”

  1. GoIL says:

    I happened to come across this information on Anne’s French executioner, however I’m not sure of how accurate this is. Sounds fascinating though – I’d like to do further research:

    From the website: http://historymaven.com/?p=139” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>http://historymaven.com/?p=139

    August 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

    The name of the headsman was Jean Rombaud. Like most executioners, he was from a long family line of this profession. His other claim to fame was beheading two felons at one stroke, a piece of work which may have gotten him the “honor” of executing The Queen.

    A fictional account of his life is given in the novel THE FRENCH EXECUTIONER by C.C. Humphrey, 2001.

    1. Claire says:

      Jean Rombaud is the executioner in C C Humphrey’s fictional novels and is in the list of executioners for Saint Omer on wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_executioners. On The Tudors Wiki site there was a discussion about him and “VerelaiR” said:-

      “Jean Rombaud is listed in the rolls of France as the official executioner of St. Omer during the 1530s – nothing is actually known of his life, only the name and approximate dates of his tenure. And it’s really a matter of deduction that he was the one who performed the execution, as English records do not mention a name. The execution of an English queen would have required exceptional skill; he would not have sent a substitute. The execution cost £23 – approximately £7,500 to 8,000 in today’s money – a great amount of money. ”

      However, as someone points out, Saint-Omer belonged to the Lowlands at this time (the Emperor’s territory) so why would his name be in the French rolls?

  2. Bridgett says:

    thank you for this information Claire, it seems to be a popular subject that i never looked into before. the internet is full of many threads — conversation!

  3. Yonita Macgregor says:

    I was wondering if more information had come to light about this topic. I read the name Jean Rombaud in a semi fictional book called Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue about a fictinal tennis match between Carravagio the painter and Francisco Quevedo where the author states that they played with a tennis ball made from Anne’s hair. The author said one ball was at Fontainbleau. Has anyone out there actually seen this tennis ball which is meant to be labbelled’ Hair of the heretic Queen?

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