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tures i de M. im the Bien English. perție might be acie dearly a discern that foundation ár fase dings. These arguments. the influence which the Queen exercised over much considered by the King that he gave direct ung about it immediately; and it appears that th carried on with seh zeal that, three years after printed at Paris. But this was the last public go mfortmate Anna Beiern, who, as she drew nearer abounded yet more and more n good works. S tributed, in the last time mouths of her lie, betwe and fifteen thousand pounds to the poor, and wa great and public good things.
The Queen had been Henry's wife three years. time he entertained a secret love for Jane Seymou sessed all the charms both of beauty and youth in and whose disposition was between the severe gravi Katherine and the gay pleasantness of Queen Queen perceiving the alienation of the King's hea possible means to recover that affection, of whes was now sadly sensible. But her efforts were v King saw her no more with that affection and re she had formally inspired, but grew jealous, and a caresses to some criminal affections, of which h suspect her. Being arrested on suspicion of in was carried into the Tower, "where she fell down and prayed God to help her, as she was not guilty for which she was accused." Her situation drew common effects that follow persons under the frown for now all the court was against her, and eve Cranmer alone had
courting the rising Queen.
these arts; he had a better soul in him than to be
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quired, in which he justified her, as far as was consistent with prudence and charity. But jealousy and the King's new affection had quite defaced all the remainders of esteem for his late beloved Queen, who was now, by an unheard of precedent, brought to the bar of the House of Lords, and indicted of high treason. The crimes charged on her were, "That she had procured her brother and other four persons to lie with her, which they had done often; that she had confessed to every one of them by themselves, that she loved them better than any person whatsoever, which was to the slander of the issue that was begotten between the King and her." The terror of offending the King so wrought on the Lords, that they found her and her brother guilty, and judgment was given that she should be burnt or beheaded at the King's pleasure. Yet all this did not satisfy the enraged monarch, who required that the marriage between him and her should be annulled, and the issue illegitimated. The two sentences that were passed upon the Queen, the one of attainder for adultery, the other of divorce, because of a pre-contract, did so contradict one another, that it was apparent one, if not both of them, must be unjust; for if the marriage between the King and her was null from the beginning, then, since she was not the King's wedded wife, there could be no adultery: and her marriage to the King was either a true marriage or not; if it was true, then the annulling of it was unjust, and if it was no true marriage, then the attainder was unjust, for there could be no breach of that faith which was not given; so that it is plain the King was resolved to be rid of her, and to illegitimate her daughter, and in the moment of his fury did not consider that the very method he took discovered the injustice of his proceedings against her. Two days after this she was ordered to be executed on green on Tower Hill. A little before noon, on the 19th of May, 1536, she was brought to the scaffold, where she made a short speech to the multitude that came to look on the last scene of this fatal tragedy. She said "she was come to die as she was judged by the law; she would accuse none, nor say anything of the ground upon which she was judged. She prayed heartily for the King, and called him a most merciful