Source: The Guardian
It is a Tudor warrant book, one of many in the National Archives, filled with bureaucratic minutiae relating to 16th-century crimes. But this one has an extraordinary passage, overlooked until now, which bears instructions from Henry VIII explaining precisely how he wanted his second wife, Anne Boleyn, to be executed.
In this document, the king stipulated that, although his queen had been “adjudged to death… by burning of fire… or decapitation”, he had been “moved by pity” to spare her the more painful death of being “burned by fire”. But he continued: “We, however, command that… the head of the same Anne shall be… cut off.”
Tracy Borman, a leading Tudor historian, described the warrant book as an astonishing discovery, reinforcing the image of Henry VIII as a “pathological monster”.
She told the Observer: “As a previously unknown document about one of the most famous events in history, it really is golddust, one of the most exciting finds in recent years.
What it shows is Henry’s premeditated, calculating manner. He knows exactly how and where he wants it to happen.” The instructions laid out by Henry are for Sir William Kingston, constable of the Tower, detailing how the king would rid himself of the “late queen of England, lately our wife, lately attainted and convicted of high treason”.
Suggested reading by Zia H Shah MD, for the best understanding of personal religion in the 21st century
King Henry VIII was also the Founder of the Church of England. Goes to show that matters of state and organized religion do not easily set you off in the pursuit of ‘the Truth.’
Easier and better to find Personal God than organised religion, be it Sharia Law of Islam or the Church of England or the Catholic Church.
There is a very interesting 40 part series by Netflix about Henry VIII, Tudors. It has some nudity as well and viewer discretion is suggested.