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Anne Boleyn death and burial secrets revealed

December 7, 2010 - Washington

A new investigation has shed some light on one of the most bloody episodes of English history-the death and burial of Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and second wife of Henry VIII.

The Queen was executed within the grounds of the Tower of London.

Her crime was a trumpeted charge of adultery with two men of the court and incest with her brother. However, the real reason for her execution was to remove Boleyn, who was an obstacle to Henry remarrying and having an heir, reports Archaeology Daily News.

On April-May 1536, Henry had Anne investigated for high treason, adultery with two men of the court and incest with her brother.

On the 2nd of May, she was arrested and sent to the Tower of London, where she was tried before a jury of her peers and found guilty on the 15rd of May. The punishment for this crime of adultery was to be burnt alive.

Although, Anne's execution was efficiently planned and organized, the execution committee failed to organize any kind of funeral or even provide a proper coffin for her.

Anne was buried in front of the High Altar along with her brother within the Chapel of St Peter's ad Vincula (St Peter in Chains) within the Tower precincts adjacent to the spot where the execution took place.


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