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

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Her execution outfit had significance.

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It’s been written that Anne Boleyn dressed the part for her own execution. In a letter written by an observer of the event, Anne was said to be, “in a robe of black damask, made in such guise that the cape, which was white, did fall on the outer side thereof. The cape was a short mantle furred with ermines.” The outfit was depicted on Natalie Portman in The Other Boleyn Girl. The color and ermines were very significant as it emphasized her role as the Queen up until the very end. She was also said to be wearing a red kirtle. Red is the color of Catholic martyrdom, so it seems like Anne was declaring her innocence with that bold statement up until she was beheaded.

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