Anne Boleyn’s Heart Continued

After doing some more research about Anne’s Heart I found these legends. So who knows what if anything happened to her heart. But in my opinion she probably never lost her heart. I also read that Historian Alison Weir believes the story of Anne wanting her heart buried at St. Mary’s Church is highly unlikely ‘since heart burial had gone out of fashion in England by the end of the fourteenth century. What do you think?

1) St Mary’s Church, Erwarton, Suffolk, legend – According to this legend, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII often stayed at Erwarton Hall in Suffolk and Anne loved the place so much that she gave instructions that her heart should be buried in the local church. In 1838, during renovations at St Mary’s church, a heart-shaped casket was found set into an alcove in the north aisle. A plaque at the church explains how this casket was reburied beneath the church organ. Legend has it that Sir Philip Parker of Erwarton Hall, Anne’s uncle, was the one who buried Anne’s heart there.

2) The Salle Church legend – The Reepham Benefice website, of which Salle Church is a member, quotes the 1858, ‘Notes and Queries’, written by B. B. Wiffen (page 119) as saying:-

“It is said in Mrs. Strickland’s ‘Queen’s of England’ (Volume 4, page 203), that there is a tradition in Salle in Norfolk that the remains of Anne Boleyn were removed from the Tower and interred at midnight, with the rites of Christian burial, in Salle Church, and that a plain black stone without any inscription is supposed to indicate the place where she is buried. Sharon Turner, in ‘History of the Reign of King Henry VIII, volume 2, page 264, cites the following passage from Crispin’s account of Anne Boleyn’s execution, written 14 days after her death:

“Her ladies immediately took up her head and the body. They seemed without souls, they were so languid and extremely weak, but fearing that their mistress might be handled unworthily by inhuman men, they forced themselves to do this duty; and though almost dead, at last carried off her dead body wrapt in a white covering”.

Claire (December 14th, 2010)

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