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Monday, 2 February 2015

Was Anne Boleyn a Witch?

Anne Boleyn (1501 or 1507 – 19 May 1536) was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England and queen consort from 1533 until 1536. Anne Boleyn's reputation for being a witch has been unfairly held against her. In trying to find grounds to incriminate her, King Henry claimed that she had used witchcraft to make him fall in love with her. He also said he feared that she would harm him with poison - a common accusation against witches. Her enemies also repeated charges of physical deformity, such as that she was too tall, had a sixth finger (which was probably just an extra fingernail), and had strange warts and growths on her body that could have been witch's teats. She also had a projecting tooth under the upper lip. The allegedly deformed male fetus of her last birth in 1536 was also used against her. However, witchcraft was not the charge that put her to death. Accused of adultery, incest and high treason, she was executed on 19 May 1536 in the Tower of London, London, England.
If legends are true, Anne Boleyn’s ghost must be the most travelled ghost in Britain! Her spirit is said to walk at least in seven locations:
- Hever Castle, her childhood home
- Blickling Hall, her alleged birthplace
- The Tower of London, where she was executed
- Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle, where Anne and Henry resided during their marriage
- Salle Church in Norfolk, where Anne’s body was allegedly moved after her original burial in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London and secretly buried under a black slab near the tombs of her Boleyn ancestors
- Marwell Hall in Hampshire, a residence of the Seymours between 1530-1638.

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