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





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Anne Boleyn's Final Speech

Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London on May 19, 1536. There are variations of her final speech, all of which were paraphrased, since there obviously were no recording devices at the time.  They all essentially say the following: 

East Smithfield Green (later called "Tower Green")
Tower of London 
May 19, 1536

"Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, according to law, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I come here only to die, and thus to yield myself humbly to the will of the King, my lord. And if, in life, I did ever offend the King’s Grace, surely with my death, I do now atone. I come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that whereof I am accused, as I know full well that aught I say in my defense doth not appertain to you. I pray and beseech you all, good friends, to pray for the life of the King, my sovereign lord and yours, who is one of the best princes on the face of the earth, who has always treated me so well that better could not be, wherefore I submit to death with good will, humbly asking pardon of the world. If any person will meddle with my cause, I require them to judge the best. Thus, I take my leave of the world, and of you, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me.