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  1. Joyce VandenBerg

    I believe the quote that the writer claims the Anne she has come to know, never would have made is quote 3. I’ve never heard it nor do I believe she would ever have said such a thing.

  2. Mary J Houle

    #3! – The Spanish Ambassador was known to hate Anne and to continually spread false and derogatory comments and stories about her. Not a credible story at all!

    • Amy

      From several sources I have read that Mendoza, while he had a strong dislike for Anne Boleyn, was not truly against her in the matter of her trial, being one of the few whose words we have recorded in his own writing that called her innocent and even went so far as to call the affair Henry’s folly. There is a great article about the relationship that is assumed to be mutual animosity between the two, and an accounting of how they really got on here
      http://www.historyextra.com/article/feature/did-eustace-chapuys-really-hate-anne-boleyn

      • Charlene

        The OP might mean Chapuys, who was not precisely the “Spanish” ambassador but that of the Holy Roman Emperor. He may not have even spoken Spanish.

  3. Donna Frayser

    Anne was protecting her young daughter, and her parents and sister. She was far too politically astute to have said anything resembling #3. Her contemporaries would not have been fooled by her praise of Henry VIII. And her injunction for anyone who looked into her cause to judge for the best speaks as loudly and clearly as possible (under the circumstances) that she is not guilty.

  4. #2 and #4 have an authentic ring to them. Francis Bacon is a bit on the flowery side, and the Spanish Chronicle is absurd. Statements from the scaffold had a tradition that Anne would have known of, with speeches often designed to protect families from retaliation.

  5. Annmarie Koss

    She wouldn’t have said that. At the end of the day Anne was wise enough to know that any snarky comments made about Henry or his new wife to be Jane, would madden the king. Even though she would be long gone, he could still take it out on her daughter. I don’t think she would want Elizabeth to suffer any reprocussions from her last and final speech. Sounds to me more like Spanish proproganda.

  6. isabel vasques

    Acho que ate no fim ela conseguiu impressionar Hnrique vIII acho ,que ela jamais diria a 3 citação,pois ela queria proteger sua filha Elisabeth ,portanto acho que ela procuraria impressionar o rei que era um traço de sua personalidade…

  7. Berta Horst

    Quote 3 is my best guess as being false. It doesn’t even remotely sound like something she would say, let alone name Jane Seymour. I myself would never have acted as kindly as she did.

  8. Maggie Harradine

    ” for a gentler, nor a more merciful prince was there never, and to me he was ever a good, a gentle, and a sovereign Lord”
    I think she was beyond bright.. “merciful” amongst the praise.. oh yes.. She mocked him between the gesture of praising him.. Lost between the lines.. From what I read she begged for mercy and he either never got the letter or possibly interecepted by “Cromwell” or Henry ignored it.. that of course she did not know. Yes, agree though about protecting her daughter.

  9. Vicki greenberg

    I think number 4 is the one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a little of all. The line ” if you meddle in my cause” just breaks my heart because if she only knew how many people have meddled in her cause and have loved her.

  10. My 13th Great Aunt was dealing with her conceit as the cause of her demise. Her devotion to a man so undeserving of her prideful Love, and nothing had changed her mind about her RIGHTS in all the months she was married to him, would leave her resigned to her fate but resentful of the circumstance which had brought her so low. I choose #4 as most likely true.DCR

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