May 19, 1536 •
Woman, Daughter, Wife, Mother, Queen, Reformer Martyr.
Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. 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. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best. And thus 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 Boleyn was many things, but she was not a whore or an adulterer or a witch nor did she commit treason or incest. She was a woman living in a world that told her she would never compare to a man. A world which dictated that her only use was of that which came out of her womb. Anne Boleyn was a woman who was far ahead in her ideas. She was a patron of the arts and incredibly charitable. She was a woman whose education rivaled that of the greatest learned men of her day. She changed the world by saying she would not be a mistress. Without her, there would have never been a Golden Age. Without her, there may have never been a Church of England, or even possibly a group of people who wished to seek religious freedom in the New World. Anne Boleyn was the most influential Queen Consort of England.