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Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII and His Six Wives
Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry the VIII.
She was bold, vivacious and flirtatious, and she won the King of England by refusing to become one of his mistresses.  She had a quick wit, that matched Henry's, she was educated, and played the lute.
    Henry was determined to marry Anne, but the pope would not grant his divorce from Catherine of Aragon. For that reason, Henry broke with the Catholic Church and the Church of England was born.
While Anne did give him a daughter, Elizabeth Tudor, she was unable to give him a son.
Henry badly wanted, and needed a son, to ensure he had an heir and the Tudor dynasty would continue.
Henry became discouraged with Anne, for her inability to provide him with a son, and the boldness and flirtatiousness that once drew him in was now pushing him away, and into the arms of one of Anne's ladies in waiting, Jane Seymour.
Anne's position as queen, and her life, were in grave danger.
After one last miscarriage, Henry had lost his patience and wanted to be rid of Anne.
This was an opportunity for the men close to Henry, who disliked Anne, to begin fabricating charges against Anne that would secure her removal as queen, and her death.
Anne was accused of witchcraft and incest and found guilty of treason.
While the times and places of the "adultery" could not be proved, nor the incest, and witnesses placed Anne somewhere else in each case, Anne, her brother, and her friends were all condemned to death.
Anne's moods swung wildly while she was in the tower, from calm to terror.  Upon hearing that Henry (in his mercy) had hired a swordsman from Calais to perform the execution, she is said to have told the constable of the tower:
"I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck"
Anne was executed on May 19, 1536.

Ensemble details:
Anne's gown is made of a deep chocolate brown dupioni silk.  It is fully lined, trimmed with antique gold trim and handworked beads.  It is beaded by hand with tiny faux pearls and antique gold glass beads. It snaps at the back.  Her chemise is made of soft cotton, with blackwork (embroidery) at the neck and cuff.  The underskirt is made of a warm tan silk, and is fully lined.  Her detailed cuffs are made of the same silk as the underskirt, and accented with a puff and slash design and bead work.  Anne's headpiece is called a French Hood and it is made of sturdy materials, covered in chocolate dupioni silk, and hand beaded.  It has a long black georgette veil at the back.  Anne's jewelry is her trademark "B" necklace, hand strung, with three small pearls dangling from the "B".
She holds a tiny lute, which comes with a case.

Anne's Speech on the Scaffold

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.
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