Morgan’s Entry

| May 11, 2011

Morgan’s Entry

My husband is an alderman who was invited to attend the queen’s execution and I was permitted to accompany him. Though we had been told that it was supposed to take place at 9:00 am, we ended up waiting until nearly noon, and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy in this heat! The headsman, […]

Michelle’s Entry

| May 11, 2011

Michelle’s Entry

May 19, 1536 I push past the crowd of people surrounding the scaffold. It stands about 4 feet high and is draped in black. Today I will watch my first execution. And, this is no ordinary execution! The Queen of England, Anne Boleyn, will die this day. Everyone waits for Anne to emerge from the […]

Nancy’s Entry

| May 10, 2011

Nancy’s Entry

I’m still trembling from the horrific event that I just witnessed, but I’ll do my best to describe the scene. I owe it to Her Grace to let the world know how bravely she met her end. I came to the Tower early this morning in order to get a spot close to the scaffold […]

Wendy’s Entry

| May 10, 2011

Wendy’s Entry

Journal – 19th May, 1536. Today I witnessed an execution. My Husband insisted I accompany him saying it was a great honour and my duty as a wife, so this cold May morning I stood not 20 feet from the scaffold where the anointed Queen of England was shortly to die. There were a great […]

Valerie’s Entry

| May 10, 2011

Valerie’s Entry

The execution of Queen Anne Boleyn had been postponed from the previous day. No one really knew why, although there were some rumours, one of which was that Thomas Cromwell had wanted to make sure that no foreigners were there to witness this unprecedented event. The other story being told was that the executioner had […]

Nita’s Entry

| May 10, 2011

Nita’s Entry

I got up extremely early on both days. The first was to see the procession of the King and this Nan Bullen and the second was to see her execution. I got up early that Saturday to get a good place near the procession. It was supposed to start in the afternoon, but it running […]

Nasim’s Entry

| May 10, 2011

Nasim’s Entry

Nasim has tried to make the format of her eye-witness account similar to contemporary records of Tudor execution speeches so has drawn on Otwell Johnson’s account of the executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford, and also Hall’s description of the death of Cromwell, as well as the sources listed below:- On sainte Dunstane’s daie […]

Memory’s Entry

| May 10, 2011

Memory’s Entry

From my newly acquired vantage point, I see her emerge from the west side of the White Tower. She is accompanied by Kingston and 4 serving ladies. An English hood covers her dark hair, which is pulled up as not to impede the effectiveness of the sword. Her dark gown is lined in royal ermine […]