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A Jane Seymour sketch by Hans Holbein the Younger.

A Jane Seymour sketch by Hans Holbein the Younger.



has anyone ever noticed Anne Boleyn’s portrait just chillin at Hogwarts

expanding on this: The Harry Potter Wiki says that Anne may very well have been a squib!

The Wiki also states That Queen Mary I was a witch, too. She had her own wand. It does not state her blood status, though she was either a half-blood on her mother’s side or a muggle-born witch.

(and it’s all for pretend, of course. It’s the Harry Potter universe. :D )

(Source: prince--william)


This account was written by the Tudor chronicler Edward Hall.

King Henry VIII’s third marriage, made when he was almost forty-five, finally brought him the longed-for son.  Edward’s mother was Jane Seymour, the daughter of a Wiltshire knight.  She died a fortnight after his birth in October.

On 27 May 1537, Trinity Sunday, there was a Te Deum sung in St Paul’s cathedral for joy at the queen’s quickening of her child, my lord chancellor, lord privy seal and various other lords and bishops being then present; the mayor and aldermen with the best guilds of the city being there in their liveries, all giving laud and praise to God for joy about it.  The bishop of Worcester, Dr Latimer, made an oration before all the lords and commons after the Te Deum was sung, explaining the reason for their assembly, which oration was marvelously fruitful to the hearers.  And also the same night various great fires were made in London, with a hogshead of wine at every fire for the poor people to drink as long as it lasted.  I pray Jesus, if it be his will, to send us a prince.

On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn was executed. This was her speech:

"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."

When she was kneeling, she is said to have repeated this prayer:

"To Jesus Christ I commend my soul; Lord Jesu receive my soul."

Today, a woman who changed history was executed. She has been dead for 476 years, and she is still remembered. She was a courageous and honorable woman who faced her death with grace and dignity even though she was innocent of the charges against her. Rest in peace, Queen Anne Boleyn.

On May 17, 1536:

The five men of whom Anne Boleyn was rumored to have committed adultery with were executed. They were:

George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford; her brother.

Sir Henry Norris

Sir Francis Weston

Sir William Brereton

Mark Smeaton

Only Smeaton confessed to the crime, though this was almost certainly due to torture. Anne would not follow them to the executioner until May 19, 1536.

Rest in peace, George Boleyn, Henry Norris, Francis Weston, William Brereton, and Mark Smeaton.

Mary, Bloody Mary by *suburbanbeatnik

Mary, Bloody Mary by *suburbanbeatnik


And another recreation of Mary the oldest daughter of Henry VIII, this time as Queen.


The Wives of Henry VIII

Catherine’s own joy shines in her letters after the wedding. Night had become day. She loved her energetic, chivalrous young husband and continued to revere a father who allowed her to be “so well married.” As for her husband, “amongst the reasons that oblige me to love him much more then myself, the one most strong, although he is my husband, is his being the so true son of your highness,” she told Ferdinand, “with desire of greater obedience and love to serve you than ever son to his father.” Ferdinand was just as pleased. “To be well married is the greatest blessing in the world.. and source of all other kinds of happiness,” he told her. “God is good to good husbands and wives.”

Henry wrote to his Spanish father-in-law to say how in love he was. He had “rejected all the other ladies in the world that have been offered to us” in order to marry Catherine and had no regrets. Her “eminent virtues daily more and more shine forth, blossom and increase.” After six weeks of marriage he could safely say that, if asked to choose again, “her we would yet choose for his wife before all other.”

Chapter Married Again, Catherine of Aragon The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII by Giles Tremlett (via queenkatherineofaragon)