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The Six Wives of Henry VIII - Anne Boleyn - in her own words


2. Anne Boleyn's Execution Speech
May 19, 1536, 8 o'clock in the morning

Although in her trial she denied all charges brought against her of adultery, incest and conspiracy to murder the king, Anne accepted her fate. Anne's execution took place on Tower Green, a more secluded spot, where the number of people gathered could be controlled -- just in case Anne would dishonor the king in her farewell speech. Anne, however, would not take that opportunity. Instead she was dignified to the end. This was the first public execution of an English queen.



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.


After being blindfolded and kneeling at the block, she repeated several times:

'To Jesus Christ I commend my soul; Lord Jesus receive my soul.'

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