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bijou
11-15-2008, 07:13 PM
The letters, penned by the King in 1527 when he was still married to Catherine of Aragon, reveal him to be besotted with the woman who would eventually become his second wife.

The private correspondence is among tens of thousands of Tudor documents which will be made available on the internet this week.

The documents, which are known as the State Papers and which were collected by the all-powerful Secretaries of State, provide a unique insight into key historical events such as the Reformation, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the execution of Anne Boleyn.

In one letter to Anne Boleyn, dated 1527, Henry VIII writes: “I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection.”

The love-struck King later writes: “Although my mistress, you have not been pleased to remember your promise when I was last with you, too let me hear news of you, and have an answer to my last, I thought it the part of a true servant to inquire after his mistresse’s health.

"I also send by the bearer a buck killed by me last night, hoping when you eat of it you will think of the hunter. Written by the hand of your servant.”

...http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3463838/Henry-VIIIs-love-for-Anne-Boleyn-revealed.html

I decided against putting this in Breaking News. :D

Gingersnap
11-15-2008, 07:21 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3463838/Henry-VIIIs-love-for-Anne-Boleyn-revealed.html

I decided against putting this in Breaking News. :D

It kind of beats, "Hey, babe! Nice rack!"

BSR
11-15-2008, 07:22 PM
It kind of beats, "Hey, babe! Nice rack!"


Dames don't like that? :confused:

megimoo
11-15-2008, 08:22 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3463838/Henry-VIIIs-love-for-Anne-Boleyn-revealed.html

I decided against putting this in Breaking News. :D
Being in love those days must have been tough on the olfactory gland .Before every public affair they had their skin scraped of sweat soaked dead skin and freshly dusted with powder and scent to hide the smell of their unwashed bodies.Next the fluted collar was removed and burned to kill the accumilated body lice and flea's and a new fresh collar coiled around the neck.The fluted coller kept the Fleas, body lice and pubic lice (crabs) out of the hair and from the face !

Space Gravy
11-15-2008, 08:31 PM
Being in love those days must have been tough on the olfactory gland .Before every public affair they had their skin scraped of sweat soaked dead skin and freshly dusted with powder and scent to hide the smell of their unwashed bodies.Next the fluted collar was removed and burned to kill the accumilated body lice and flea's and a new fresh collar coiled around the neck.The fluted coller kept the Fleas, body lice and pubic lice (crabs) out of the hair and from the face !

If that won't put someone in the mood I have no idea what would.

zBoots
11-15-2008, 09:20 PM
Being in love those days must have been tough on the olfactory gland .Before every public affair they had their skin scraped of sweat soaked dead skin and freshly dusted with powder and scent to hide the smell of their unwashed bodies.Next the fluted collar was removed and burned to kill the accumilated body lice and flea's and a new fresh collar coiled around the neck.The fluted coller kept the Fleas, body lice and pubic lice (crabs) out of the hair and from the face !

I find myself strangely aroused. Chubby even.

Celtic Rose
11-15-2008, 09:22 PM
Being in love those days must have been tough on the olfactory gland .Before every public affair they had their skin scraped of sweat soaked dead skin and freshly dusted with powder and scent to hide the smell of their unwashed bodies.Next the fluted collar was removed and burned to kill the accumilated body lice and flea's and a new fresh collar coiled around the neck.The fluted coller kept the Fleas, body lice and pubic lice (crabs) out of the hair and from the face !

Man, that is sexy! Where can I get a man like that :p

Eldarwen Half-Elven
11-15-2008, 11:11 PM
Being in love those days must have been tough on the olfactory gland .Before every public affair they had their skin scraped of sweat soaked dead skin and freshly dusted with powder and scent to hide the smell of their unwashed bodies.Next the fluted collar was removed and burned to kill the accumilated body lice and flea's and a new fresh collar coiled around the neck.The fluted coller kept the Fleas, body lice and pubic lice (crabs) out of the hair and from the face !

ooo, lala... Men from back in the day must have been uber shmexy... :p

bijou
11-16-2008, 04:31 AM
It kind of beats, "Hey, babe! Nice rack!"

And one letter came with fresh meat, what more could a girl want?

noonwitch
11-17-2008, 09:38 AM
I'm surprised he didn't celebrate the beauty of her neck, and contemplate how easily an axe could chop through it.

megimoo
11-17-2008, 10:02 AM
I'm surprised he didn't celebrate the beauty of her neck, and contemplate how easily an axe could chop through it.Royalty about to be beheaded 'tipped' the headsman to ensure that they did a good job of sharpening the axe or the sword as in Ann Boleyn's case.It usually took several chops to completely sever the head.
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The execution of Anne Boleyn.
http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/behead.html
29 year old Anne, (see photo) Henry VIII's second wife, had been convicted on trumped up charges of adultery and treason and was thus sentenced to death by burning at the stake or beheading at the Kings pleasure. Fortunately for Anne, he chose the latter and perhaps through a pang of conscience imported a skilled headsman from Calais in France to ensure the execution was performed as humanely as possible. British hangmen normally got the job of beheading those condemned but were generally very poor at it due to the rarity of such sentences.

On the 19th May 1536, Anne was led to the Parade Ground within the Tower with an escort of 200 Yeoman of the Guard (Beefeaters). She was wearing a loose, ermine trimmed, grey damask robe over a red underskirt. Her hair was "up" covered with a white coif and a small black cap and she wore a cross on a gold chain at her waist and carried a white handkerchief and a prayer book.
She had to climb 4 feet (1200 mm) up the steps to the scaffold to meet her headsman who was wearing a black suit and half mask covering the upper part of his face. The long two handed execution sword was concealed under the straw on the scaffold.

Anne made a short speech to the assembled witnesses and then removed her cape and her hair coif and cap which was now replaced by a white cap. She knelt on the platform and prayed with her chaplain. When she had finished one of her ladies in waiting blindfolded her with a large handkerchief. All was now ready and the headsman took up the sword and beheaded her with a single blow. (Click here to see a shot of her execution as portrayed in a film). Her ladies in waiting recovered her head and as there was no coffin provided, she was placed in an old arrow box and duly buried in the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vinicula, within the Tower.

Lady Jane Grey.
Lady Jane Grey, the daughter of the Duke of Suffolk, was born in October 1537 and was only 16 years old when she was proclaimed Queen on the 10th of July 1553 by Protestant nobles, including her father, after the premature death of Edward VI. She reigned, uncrowned, for just 9 days and was unable to win public acceptance because of her religion in what was a predominately Catholic country.

Queen Mary, the daughter of Henry and Catherine of Aragon (“Bloody Mary”) took over the throne and commenced her persecution of Protestants. Thus, Jane was deposed and imprisoned in the Tower for 6 months before being condemned for treason and executed on the 13th of February 1554. She was led to the scaffold erected on Tower Green in front of the White Tower. She made a speech and recited a psalm before using a large white handkerchief to blindfold herself. She knelt on a cushion in front of the high block. Having blindfolded herself she couldn't see the block and fumbling for it said "What shall I do, where is it, where is it?" One of the people on the scaffold guided her down and before the fatal blow she said "Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit". (Click here to see an artist's impression of her execution). Earlier on the same day her husband, Lord Guilford Dudley, whom she had married on the 21st of May 1553, was beheaded on Tower Hill and her father suffered the same fate 11 days later for his part in the alleged conspiracy to seize the thrown for his daughter. Many others were to be beheaded or burned at the stake under Mary's reign, hence her nickname,Bloody Mary !

megimoo
11-17-2008, 10:27 AM
The Lives, Trials and Deaths of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard
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Hanged, Drawn and Quartered:

During the closing of the joint trial, Culpeper and Dereham were both found guilty and sentenced to death. They were ordered by the court to be strung up by the neck, cut down alive, disemboweled, beheaded, quartered and burned, . It was a particularly gruesome penalty considering the magnitude of the crime. The severity of the sentence was meant to deter anyone and everyone who dared to sleep with the king's wife.
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Two days following her sentencing, Katherine requested to have the decapitation block brought to her room so that she could practice her death.

Time after time she kneeled and placed her neck on the wooden slab. It was important to her that she get it just right because she wanted to die with controlled grace.

At 7 a.m. the next morning, on February 13, 1542, Katherine was led from her chamber to the Tower Green, where her cousin Anne died years earlier. Lady Rochford, who was in a frantic state, followed behind her.

When Katherine reached the scaffold she calmly made a short and dignified speech. According to Starkey, Katherine said that she, "desired all Christian people to take regard unto [her] worthy and just punishment" further requesting that the people "take example at [her], for amendment of their ungodly lives and gladly to obey the King in all things."

Following her brief statement, Katherine knelt down and placed her head on the block, and in one swift blow her head was severed from her body. It was said that she died with more poise and courage than she displayed throughout her short life. Shortly after her execution, Lady Rochford was also beheaded.

Henry was devastated by his hapless marriage with Katherine and the means by which it came to an end. It is believed that he genuinely loved her unto death, although his anger and jealousy overshadowed his initial feelings. There was increasing pressure for Henry to remarry in order to produce another male heir to the throne. However, he lacked interest in beginning another relationship, especially after having his heart broken by Katherine Howard.snip

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/celebrity/henry_viii/7.html