Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today in History Anne Boleyn Loses her head

Anne Boleyn was beheaded on the tower green on May 19 1536 475 years ago today. Anne is by far leading lady of my heart because she was a smart capable woman who was way ahead of her times. I feel Anne was a victim of the men in her life including her father. I also have throw out there the Rh Negative factor in her numerous miscarriages. For more on being Rh Negative read here but basically it means the new babies blood is not compatible with the mothers and today women would receive a shot to counteract the incompatibility. It has been proven that most woman with Rh Negative can produce at least one living girl child before the incompatibility kicks in, weird I know but from what I have gathered true. Even my own mother is Rh Negative and her first born was a daughter and then the shots began with the second one. In my heart of hearts Anne was a good woman, a brave woman who even in the face of the greatest peril held her head high with the dignity she rightly deserved.

The beheading of Queen Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII Tudor, on the 19th May 1536 at Tower Green. In the background the Tower of London. On the left Henry VIII. On the right Lady Jane Seymour.

"Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best. And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul."

Mademoiselle Boleyn, Robin Maxwell
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, Robin Maxwell
Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn
Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
The Boleyn Wife
The Concubine: A Novel
To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
The Six Wives of Henry VIII

P.S. I want her cloak.


  1. It's crazy that I've loved reading about her and her life since I found a novel about her at my grandmothers when I was 10 years old. I wish I could find that old novel that began my love of historical fiction. It's funny that I can remember that exact time when I became obsessed with anything to do with history!

  2. I love AB too! She was an awesome lady who knew where she wanted to be. Her spirit and jealousy were so out of place then, but now any woman would feel the same. I never thought about her being Rh negative. Even in death, she had such a dignity and humor even about it. I love to even see some of her jewelry. Swoon!!!

  3. Oh jeez, just reading her last words gave me chills! I feel the same way as you about her, she was a brilliant woman, and they men in her life screwed her over.

    -Kate the Book Buff
    The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People

  4. I love that sketch of her, I get tired of that same old portait of her that is the only one that can truly be credited to her. May she rest in eternal peace.

  5. Fascinating -- never knew the suggestions about her being Rh negative!!

  6. Like most women in history she was used as a pawn by the men in her life.

  7. Many people believe that the Rh negative factor was a cause for many miscarriages in the day. Also another factor. Negative-positive factor. I can't remember much of the details, its been years since my biology I class in High School, but when the parents are opposite blood types that can lead to miscarriages. It sort of corresponds with the Rh factor. Great review. I love Anne. Too be honest it's hard for me to read books about her. I have found a lot of connections with her. It's odd. Thank you posting this!

  8. Kimberly, I agree Anne started it all for me too. I can recall exactly all the details too. Anne is by far my long time favorite historical lady.

    Allison, I love the fact that Anne had the courage to be herself and not fake who she was like so many others in the Tudor court. For me the Rh makes a lot of sense and you are right she did have dignity and courage even in the face of everyone's greatest fears. I would die to find that famous B necklace.

    Marie, I have to agree I too am sick of the other one. This one I think it the Shakespeare one, I think she really was a lot prettier that the official one shows.

    Audra, I was blown away when I heard it the first time too and the more I think of it the more I think it makes a lot of sense of why she struggled so much. Poor thing it really was not her fault she had so many miscarriages.

    Patty, no kidding I have to admit I think her father was the lowest pieces of...well you know. That jerk was on the counsel that condemned not one but two of his own children. He was the real monster and he should have been executed too. Off with his HEAD!

    Carole, I had not really though about the Rh factor until I read it somewhere else. Once I read it the wheels were turning and I started to think that there were so many other important women who more than likely were also; possible Catherine of Aragon is high on my list for possibilities too.I agree the negative and positives were bigger issues than the Tudor court ever realized. I love Anne and she really is an inspiration to me, her courage give me strength when I feel week because if she could go through all of what she did and be executed by her own husband and still hold her head up high then I feel ridiculous sweating the small crap in my life.


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