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Anne Boleyn Beheaded for Adultery (1536) Options
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Anne Boleyn Beheaded for Adultery (1536)

Boleyn was the second queen consort of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. Anne's marriage to Henry was a key part of the English Reformation. Henry had divorced his first wife to marry Anne, whom he hoped would produce a male heir. When she did not, she was brought to trial on charges of adultery and incest. Under great pressure, a court headed by her uncle—the Duke of Norfolk—condemned her, and she was beheaded. According to one account, what did her executioner do before beheading her? More...
Posted: Monday, May 19, 2014 2:48:53 AM

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The executioner Rombaud was so taken by Anne that he was shaken. Rombaud found it so difficult to proceed that to distract her and for her to position her head correctly, he is said to have shouted, "Where is my sword?" just before killing her.
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She died very young!
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1000 days of delusions.
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Anne Boleyn’s last secret
Why was the queen executed with a sword, rather than an axe?
By Leanda de Lisle 17 August 2013

Historians have suggested that Henry chose the sword because Anne had spent time in France, where the nobility were executed this way, or because it offered a more dignified end. But Henry did not care about Anne’s feelings. Anne was told she was to be beheaded on the morning of 18 May, and then kept waiting until noon before being told she was to die the next day. At the root of Henry’s decision was Henry thinking not about Anne, but about himself.
Historians argue over whether Anne was really guilty of adultery, and whether Henry or Cromwell was more responsible for her destruction. But the choice of a sword to kill Anne reflects one certain fact: Henry’s overweening vanity and self-righteousness.

‘I heard say the executioner was very good and I have but a little neck,’ Anne said the day before her execution, and laughing, she put her hands round her throat. It was, at least, to be a quick death: her head fell with one blow, her eyes and lips still moving as it landed on the straw.
Posted: Monday, May 19, 2014 6:31:08 PM

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She certainly got a raw deal by being beheaded, but she was not a complete innocent in her pursuit of the king. Although you can't blame a woman for using the only means open to her within that society.

From a bbc piece about her sister Mary, the king's mistress before she married him:

Mary Boleyn became Henry VIII's mistress, probably for about two years from 1519, for in February 152l she was married off to William Carey, a gentleman of the king's Privy Chamber. This must have come as a considerable disappointment to her ambitious family, for while there was little real social stigma attached to having been the King's mistress it undoubtedly affected a girl's matrimonial prospects, and she had a right to expect some royal compensation.

As a godly Protestant prince, with all the serious and devout nature of the real Charles, he would have been assured of considerable support in Britain.

But Henry was notoriously stingy towards his extra-marital partners - even Elizabeth Blount, who had given him a bastard son, achieved no more than a respectable marriage - and although William Carey was one of the king's close companions, which might give him useful opportunities for further advancement, he was otherwise of no particular account.

Carey was a younger son without land or fortune, and remained dependent on casual royal bounty in the shape of keeperships, stewardships and the occasional grant of a manor. Thomas Boleyn may well have reflected on how much better these things were managed in France, where the maitresse en titre was a recognised public figure, wielding influence and patronage.

There were two surviving children of the Carey marriage, Catherine, born in l524, and Henry, in 1526. The rumour that Henry was the king's son appears to have been founded on no more than the recollection of John Hales, vicar of Isleworth, who some ten years after the child was born remarked that a Brigettine monk from Sion had once showed him 'young Master Carey' saying he was the king's bastard.

But by the time of young Master Carey's birth, Mary's royal fling was well over and the king was already becoming infatuated with her younger sister. Anne had returned to England at the end of 1521, but the marriage planned for her with one of her Irish cousins had fallen through and her own unauthorised romance with Henry Percy, the Earl of Northumberland's heir, had been blighted by Cardinal Wolsey, so that in the mid-1520s she was still unspoken for.

As ambitious as her father, and more strong-willed and intelligent than Mary, though apparently not so good-looking, Anne had no intention of becoming another royal mistress. With her sister's example before her, she knew it would lead to nothing more than a second-rate and perhaps unhappy marriage, and she meant to do better than that.

William Carey died of the sweating sickness in the summer of 1528, but as far as we know Mary remained at court throughout Anne's determined, skilful, six-year-long campaign to win the greatest prize of all - marriage to the king. One can imagine Mary playing a supportive sisterly role, and perhaps drawing on her own experience to give advice on how best to please the king, without allowing him to proceed to the 'ultimate conjunction'.

There are occasional references to Mary in Henry's private letters, and in November 1530 he gave Anne £20 to redeem a jewel from her sister, probably given in payment for a gambling debt. By this time Anne was within sight of her goal. In 1531 the king finally separated from Queen Catherine, his faithful wife for 20 years, and in October 1532, the battle for his divorce all but won, he and Anne paid a state visit to France. Mary was among the 30 ladies who accompanied them.

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Poor girl.
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