Anne Boleyn, Part 6: Swordsman’s Stroke
Anne’s ardent protestations failed to sway
The corrupt court that ruled she must pay
With her life at their behest
For treason and incest
By the stroke of a swordsman from Calais.
It’s said that Anne’s defense at trial was so successful at debunking the lies about her that sympathy could be found even among those who profoundly disliked her. However, the guilty verdict was a foregone conclusion, as the French executioner had been summoned perhaps as early as a week and a half before the expected day of execution, May 19, 1536.