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Anne Boleyn Speaks to Her Court, 1533

by Heather R. Darsie

After Anne Boleyn had her coronation, she was assigned her own court and officers. Per her chaplain William Latymer, she gave two speeches to her court. The first was to her temporal officers, and the second to her spiritual advisers. The accuracy of these speeches is in no way verifiable, as William Latymer’s work was written during the reign of Elizabeth I and Latymer presumably was not present when Anne originally gave her speeches. Perhaps he came upon Anne’s words from another source.

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To hear Anne’s speeches, click here for Anne Boleyn’s Speech to Her Officers. For Anne Boleyn’s speech to the religious members of her royal household, please click here.

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