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Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, served as queen of England in the 1530s. She was executed on charges of incest, witchcraft, adultery and conspiracy against the king.
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That same day, Anne was taken to the Tower Green in London, England, for her execution. There, on the scaffolds, she delivered a speech: "I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord," she said, adding, "I take my leave of the world and of you all,
and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul."
Anne was then blindfolded and lowered to the beheading block. Her life ended seconds later.
Within 24 hours of Anne's execution, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour were formally wed. The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, would later emerge as one of England's most revered queens.
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