Along with Anne, five men were arrested for having sexual relations with Queen Anne, those five men being William Brereton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, Mark Smeaton, and Anne 's brother George Boleyn. All five men were executed on May 17th, 1536 for their crimes against the throne. On May 19th, 1536 Anne walked onto a platform surrounded by her family, friends, peers and the people of England. Anne removed her headdress and her jewelry and laid her head on the executioner’s block. In one swift motion Anne’s head was removed from her shoulders by the executioner’s sword. That image is horrific, whether she was guilty ...
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...y will, my all. My heart alone well worthy she doth stay, Without whose help, scant do I live a day.”
Later, as if he were afraid to refer to Anne Boleyn so openly, he changes the verse, “Her that did set our country in a roar” to read “Brunet that set my wealth in such a roar.”
I believe the writings presented in his poetry and the words from Foxe, Latymer, Alwaye and Wyatt depict a more accurate picture, and that the fact that Thomas Wyatt changed that verse, lead way to believe that people were afraid to speak well of Anne Boleyn.
No matter how historians see Anne Boleyn, dark, manipulative, self-serving, witch, goggle eyed whore or perhaps innocent and giving or maybe somewhere in between one thing is for sure, she will be remembered and talked about as long as man exists. If by any chance she is aware of that now, beyond the grave, it fills her with joy.
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