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40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better

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In the days and hours leading up to her execution, Anne Boleyn was calm and resigned to her fate.

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Given the drama she endured during her short life, it’s not surprising that Anne seemed exhausted and ready to accept her fate before her execution. Sometime during her imprisonment, she wrote a poem about her circumstances that reads in part, “O Death, rock me asleep, Bring me to quiet rest, Let pass my weary guiltless ghost. Out of my careful breast. Toll on, thou passing bell; Ring out my doleful knell; Let thy sound my death tell. Death doth draw nigh; There is no remedy.” When the day arrived, she was found waiting in her room when the man came to summon her.

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