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In this day was dead Thomas Wyatt the Younger. He was a rebel leader during the reign of Mary I of England; his rising is traditionally called “Wyatt’s rebellion”. He was also the son of the English poet and ambassador Sir Thomas Wyatt.

On April 11, 1554, the scheduled date of his execution, Wyatt asked permission of Lord Chandos, the lieutenant of the Tower, to speak to the Earl of Devonshire, Edward Courtenay. During their half-hour long meeting, Wyatt knelt down before Courtenay and begged him “to confess the truth of himself,” as Wyatt believed Courtenay was the original instigator of the crime. However, when at the Tower, Wyatt confessed his own blame for exculpating Elizabeth and Courtenay. After Wyatt was beheaded, his body was further punished to the standards of treason. His head, before it was stolen on April 17, was hung from a gallows.

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9 april 1484 - Edward of Middleham died. He was Richard’s only legitimate child and died aged 10.

Edward was a delicate child and died of what could have been tuberculosis. The Croyland Chronicle read:

“However, in a short time after, it was fully seen how vain are the thoughts of a man who desires to establish his interests without the aid of God. For, in the following month of April, on a day not very far distant from the anniversary of king Edward, this only son of his, in whom all the hopes of the royal succession, fortified with so many oaths, were centred, was seized with an illness of but short duration, and died at Middleham Castle, in the year of our Lord, 1484, being the first of the reign of the said king Richard. On hearing the news of this, at Nottingham, where they were then residing, you might have seen his father and mother in a state almost bordering on madness, by reason of their sudden grief.”

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Anne Boleyn and Henry Percy in “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008)

My love, my love, my only love… forgive me.

Перси, ты низкий слабак, в фильме ты даже не сделал попытки бороться за Анну.

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Anne Neville(“The White Queen”) as Alayne Baelish, mother of Littlefinger

Anne Neville(“The White Queen”) as Alayne Baelishmother of Littlefinger

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Monarchy with David Starkey: Edward IV

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Kingston says. ‘And she says verses. My wife cannot follow them. The queen says they are verses of Wyatt’s. And she says, Oh, Wyatt, Thomas Wyatt, when shall I see you here with me?’

© “Bring up the bodies” by Hilary Mantel

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It`s so cute!

"The Six Wives of Henry VIII", 1970. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and little Elizabeth

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Elizabeth! Oh, my own heart… My dear girl, my sweetheart…

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In this day, 22 February 1533 Anne Boleyn said to one of her favourites, probably Wyatt, and again in the hearing of many courtiers, that she had developed a craving for apples, which the king said was a sign that she was pregnant but which she had denied –clearly in jest, for she went back into her room laughing loudly.
by Erick Ives “The life and death of Anne Boleyn”

In this day, 22 February 1533 Anne Boleyn said to one of her favourites, probably Wyatt, and again in the hearing of many courtiers, that she had developed a craving for apples, which the king said was a sign that she was pregnant but which she had denied –clearly in jest, for she went back into her room laughing loudly.

by Erick Ives “The life and death of Anne Boleyn”

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It is clear that Anne was immensely proud of her daughter and took an unusually close interest in her upbringing and welfare. This was no mere maternal indulgence, of course. Until Anne had a son, Elizabeth was the prime symbol of Anne’s marriage – and the child’s position, honour and dignity were the guarantee of her own.
by David Starkey

It is clear that Anne was immensely proud of her daughter and took an unusually close interest in her upbringing and welfare. This was no mere maternal indulgence, of course. Until Anne had a son, Elizabeth was the prime symbol of Anne’s marriage – and the child’s position, honour and dignity were the guarantee of her own.

by David Starkey

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Will you be my Valentine, lady Anne?

Will you be my Valentine, lady Anne?

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Happy Valentine Day! 

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13 february 1542 - Catherine’s Howard execution

The night before her execution, Catherine is believed to have spent many hours practising how to lay her head upon the block, which had been brought to her at her request. She made a speech describing her punishment as “worthy and just” and asked for mercy for her family and prayers for her soul. According to popular folklore, her final words were, “I die a Queen, but I would rather have died the wife of Culpeper” although this is widely discredited. Catherine was beheaded with a single stroke, as was Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, immediately thereafter. Both their bodies were buried in an unmarked grave in the nearby chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, where the bodies of Catherine’s cousins, Anne and George Boleyn, also lay.

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In this day, 10 February1542 - Katherine Howard taken to the Tower of London. 
Catherine remained in limbo until Parliament passed a bill of attainder on 7 February 1542. The Royal Assent by Commission Act 1541 made it treason, and punishable by death, for a queen consort to fail to disclose her sexual history to the king within twenty days of their marriage, or to incite someone to commit adultery with her. This solved the matter of Catherine’s supposed precontract and made her unequivocally guilty. She was subsequently taken to the Tower. The next day, the bill of attainder received the Royal Assent, and Catherine’s execution was scheduled for 7 a.m. on Monday, 13 February.

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Admired by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, who had quarrelled with Hertford and saw him as a great enemy, Surrey, wrote a sonnet about Anne called “a lady who refused to dance with him”, which portrayed her as haughty and cold. Lady Hertford constantly made scenes in public, and she was spitefully unforgiving, haughty, grasping and bad tempered.