Hi guys, this is my first time posting but I have loved this site for ages!!! I have a couple of questions actually, the first two pertaining to DNA. No, this isn’t the question of should we or shouldn’t we remove the body of Anne and yada yada. Instead it’s a what IF senerio on a couple of things … First, IF the body (or what we think is the body) was removed and tested what would we compare it with? There are no direct decendents of Anne so would we compare it to direct decendents of her sister Mary? Or is that so “watered down” now that it wouldn’t show anything? And if it showed something how accurate would it be compared to the direct DNA testing they do today? I just don’t get the science portion of it. Also on the DNA note, Mary’s Carey children of course are often thought of to be Henry’s children. Is there a way to test this (like above) with living decendents of the Carey children and living decendents of Henry’s sisters? Lastly, why on earth can’t there be a royal pardon on Anne’s behalf? I was reading the actualy Royal Government site the other day and right on there is says she was falsely accused/charged!! Why state it but not back it up with what she deserves, justice?!!?
I don't know anything about DNA at all so my answers are probably completely wrong!
1) There are still living descendants of Mary Boleyn, including Princes William and Harry, but I'm not sure that the Royal family would offer their DNA for testing.
2) There is a locket which contains a lock of Mary Tudor, Queen of France's hair (sister of Henry VIII) so I guess that could be tested against a descendent of the Careys.
3) Although public opinion is that Anne was innocent and that she suffered an awful miscarriage of justice, she was found guilty in a court of her peers and I think it would be hard to go against that when we just don't have any evidence to definitively prove her innocence and we are judging it over 400 years later. Yes, she deserves justice but I don't think that a royal pardon will ever be given.