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

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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.

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  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!

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