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May 18 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution is postponed

The Dulwich Gallery portrait of Anne Boleyn. It's similar to the Hever Rose portrait.

On this day in Tudor history, 18th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, who was all prepared for her execution that day, was informed by Sir William Kingston, the Constable of the Tower, that her execution had been postponed until the following day.

After Kingston told her, Anne replied, "I thought to be dead by this time, and past my pain".
Kingston sought to comfort her by explaining that her death would be quick and the blow from the sword "so subtle".
At this, Anne said, "I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck", and laughed as she put her hands around her throat.
A shocked Kingston reported back to Cromwell that "this lady has much joy and pleasure in death".

Queen Anne Boleyn was executed on 19th May 1536.

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