So proud and honoured to have an article published in the Autumn 2012 Costume Society of the UK Newsletter.
This is my letter to the world,
That never wrote to me,—
The simple news that Nature told,
With tender majesty.
Her message is committed
To hands I cannot see;
For love of her, sweet countrymen,
Judge tenderly of me!
“She hath wept bitterly in the night, and her tears are upon her cheeks: there is none to comfort her among all them that were dear to her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, and are become her enemies.” - The Book of Lamentations, Chapter 1, verse 2
It is May 9th 1536 and Anne has been imprisoned in the Tower since May 2nd. In less than two weeks Anne Boleyn will be tried, found guilty and executed.
Original parchment record of the trial of Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, for incest, adultery, and treason.
Letter from Lady Jane Grey to William Parr, Marquis of Northampton, 10th July 1553. Letter written from the Tower of London, announcing her accession as Queen and requiring his allegiance and assisitance against the pretended claim of Lady Mary, ‘bastard daughter’ of Henry VIII. In a secretary’s hand, with autograph signature at the head. From the third series of Facsimiles of royal, historical, literary and other autographs in the Department of Manuscripts, British Museum: Series I-V, (London, 1899).