Follow Nell_Gavin on Twitter


Anne Boleyn. Portrait is at Hever Castle, Kent, England.





   Discussion Questions

   Story Behind the Book

   Reincarnation Essay

   Tudor Links

   Tudor Facts





Love Letter from Henry VIII 
to Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII hated to write letters. Yet he wrote them to Anne. Most of these were stolen and are now archived at the Vatican. His earliest letters to her did not survive, to anyone's knowledge. 

Image of love letter written by Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

The letter, above, is a love letter written by Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn,
 scanned from The Six Wives of Henry VIII, by Alison Weir.
It is NOT the letter noted below. 


My mistress and my friend –

My heart and I surrender themselves into your hands, and we supplicate to be commended to your good graces, and that by absence your affection may not be diminished to us, for that would be to augment our pain, which would be a great pity, since absence gives enough, and more than I ever thought could be felt. This brings to my mind a fact in astronomy, which is, that the further the poles are from the sun, notwithstanding, the more searing is the heat. Thus it is with our love: absence has placed distance between us, nevertheless, fervour increases, at least on my part. I hope the same from you, assuring you that in my case the anguish of absence is so great that it would be intolerable, were it not for the firm hope I have of your indissoluble affection towards me. In order to remind you of it, and because I cannot in person be in your presence, I send you the thing that comes nearest that is possible – that is to say, my picture, and the whole device, which you already know of, set in bracelets, wishing myself in their place when it pleases you.

This is the hand of

Your servant and friend,