On this date in 1536, Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of the future Queen Elizabeth I, was beheading, having been convicted of adultery and incest.  Today’s writing is her last words, as recorded by Edward Hall’s and corroborated by John Foxe, George Wyatt and Lord Herbet of Canterbury. The YouTube video, while not verbatim, is nearly so, and the closest I could find to the text given below. In point of fact, there is some dispute as to what her last words actually were.  I do not offer these as certain, but only as one version of what she reportedly said.


“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.’

She was then blindfolded and knelt, repeating until her death:
To Jesus Christ I commend my soul; Lord Jesu receive my soul.”