40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better
For all the planning that went into the execution of Anne Boleyn, not much planning went into her burial.
The head of Anne Boleyn was covered immediately by a white handkerchief, and the cannons along Tower Wharf were fired signaling her death to the King. But her body lay on the scaffolding for hours following the execution. Finally, her ladies gathered her body and head, cleaned them and wrapped them in white cloth. No preparations had been made for her burial, so there was no coffin. Instead, her remains were placed in an old arrow chest and take to the altar of the Church of St. Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London (pictured). She was laid to rest there next to her brother. Six years later, the body of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry, was also laid to rest at the same altar next to Anne’s.