natalie norris

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♔ “When Anne Boleyn had last landed at the Tower, it was in triumph, upon the eve of her coronation. Now she was brought here a prisoner, an accused traitor, almost certainly to suffer, and to die. Sir William Kinston’s first letter describes how Anne wept, then fell into a great laughing; this was to be the pattern. Anne’s hysteria as she entered the Tower was caused by her realising the full extent of what was happening to her. She knew that real justice was unlikely. And in her terror, she did start to talk. We can see from Anne’s speech to Kingston that was stricken with anxiety, but more for others than herself. These words, spoken by a desperate and frightened woman, would prove to be as valuable to Cromwell as Smeaton’s agony on the rack."