ch: henry viii


  ♛ The Ballad of Anne Boleyn [02/06]

02 - Winter Rose

And when my petals fade their red, will you pluck my weeping head?
Or will you love me till the end?
Your only Winter rose.  

                                                                         Song by: Karliene Reynolds


This is a copy of an eyewitness account of an interaction between Katherine Parr and Thomas Seymour on Katherine’s deathbed. Here she rebukes him and accuses him of causing her much pain. 

“In early February of 1549, the late Dowager Queen’s good friend and former lady-in-waiting, Elizabeth Tyrwhitt [or Tyrwhyt, born Elizabeth Oxenbridge], gave her account of the state of mind and behavior of Queen Katherine on 3 September 1547 as she lay dying. Lady Tyrwhitt made this sworn deposition during the time that the Lord Seymour was being interrogated for treason. The original was transcribed and published by Samuel Haynes in ‘A Collection of State Papers, Relating to Affairs..From the Year 1542-1570, Transcribed from Original Letters and other Authentick Memorials, Never before Publish’d, Left by William Cecill Lord Burghley, and Now remaining at Hatfield House in the Library of the Right Honourable the present Earl of Salisbury,’ (London, 1740), 103-4.

I thought this may interest some people. 

NOTE: The document is not listed in the interrogation of Lord Seymour; Haynes seems to be the unique source for a presumably lost original. Nonetheless, Elizabeth Tyrwhitt was a longtime friend of Katherine’s. This account has been deemed credible enough to be worthy of inclusion amongst volumes of the Queen’s official correspondence and in biographies (Susan James, Linda Porter). That is why I choose to include it here. 


anne boleyn meme // (¾) moments with elizabeth → s02e07

It is however but Justice, and my Duty to declare that this amiable Woman was entirely innocent of the Crimes with which she was accused, of which her Beauty, her Elegance, and her Sprightliness were sufficient proofs, not to mention her solemn protestations of Innocence, the weakness of the Charges against her, and the King’s Character;
—  Jane Austen about Anne Boleyn, from "The History of England
from the reign of Henry the 4th to the death ofCharles the 1st".
The Royal accounts from 1500 onwards record the King’s losses at gambling (…) Henry VII even lost 6s 8d at cards to seven years old Prince Henry on 23 may 1498. No wonder the child was depicted with a broad grin! Was this the King’s bad luck –or was this a doting father allowing his young son to win?
—  Young Henry: The Rise of Henry VIII Par Robert Hutchinson