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Vlad Dracula
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Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn's coat of arms
On page 22, you will find Anne's royal badge depicting a falcon holding a scepter. In heraldry, the falcon symbolizes, "one who does not rest until the objective is achieved." Judging from her ability to hold out for the ultimate prize - the crown of England, it was a befitting choice.

Anne's daughter, Elizabeth I, later also adopted the falcon holding a scepter as her badge, and this badge can be seen on the borders of Elizabeth 's page (page 38-39).

Henry VIII's signatureIn Henry's letters to Anne (page 23), the letter ends with Henry's real signature. Henry wrote to Anne in French and English and signed a few of these letters as, "your loving servant." Seventeen of those love letters have survived. Only one of Anne's letters back to Henry exists today, but many historians question its authenticity.

How many fingers does Anne have on page 21?


witchcraft in the 16th century

Above: Courtesy of Glasgow University Library, Department of Special Collections

Bewitching Love

Anne Boleyn was lady-in-waiting to Henry's 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon. In order to marry Anne, Henry had his marriage to Catherine annulled in 1533 and broke away from the Catholic church. He had high hopes that Anne would give him a son and heir. Anne failed to produce a son and was beheaded in 1536 on trumped up charges of adultry. Read more about Anne Boleyn>>
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