From Henry to Anne ~ Happy Valentine’s Day

Mail Online is reporting today about a new love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn written five years before they married.  It was held in the Vatican for the last 50 years, but it is now on display at the British Library in London (Medieval Bookworm, if you get a chance, please go and report back!).


Here is an excerpt of the letter from the article:

The letter, written in French five years before Anne became Queen, shows Henry in an entirely different light.

The King gushes: “The demonstrations of your affection are such, and the beautiful words of your letter are so cordially phrased, that they really oblige me to honour, love and serve you for ever, imploring you to agree to continue in this same firm and constant purpose, assuring you that for my part I will outdo you, if this be possible, rather than reciprocate, in loyalty of heart and my desire to please you; and you, without any further ties in your heart, can further this.”

The letter is signed “H seeks A.B, No Other Rex”.

So, Happy Valentine’s Day from the 16th century.  You just gotta love Henry…

Thanks to TheBookImp for the heads-up on Twitter.  This has made my day!


  • At 2009.02.14 14:50, Jacquie R said:

    Goodness me, he was a romantic wasn’t he! I knew I was reading the mail for a reason today. Glad it brightened your day.

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    • At 2009.02.14 15:35, Sandy said:

      This is a perfect post for Valentines! What an AMAZING find…it baffles me that letters such as this have made it intact for all this time. Makes me want to fly to London to see it!

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      Me and you both, Sandy. I would love to just be in the same room with something that Henry wrote. I also love that he made mistakes in it and crossed things out. It gives an even more human touch. Here’s to our future journeys to London!

      • At 2009.02.14 18:35, Amy @ My Friend Amy said:

        WOW! I love these little glimpses into history even though Henry was a big jerk. 😉

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        • At 2009.02.14 18:44, Daphne said:

          He definately sounds like a lovesick teenager. It’s so sad that he seemed to change into a grouchy old man before his time.

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          • At 2009.02.14 20:22, caite said:

            oh yeah…all love and flowers now but not so much when he had her head cut off later.

            • At 2009.02.14 20:32, Alyce said:

              That’s cool! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully someday I’ll get to visit London again! 🙂

              Happy Valentine’s day!

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              • At 2009.02.14 21:47, mari said:

                So cool. Thanks for sharing that! I will be in London in July. Wonder if it will still be on display?

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                From what Meghan said, it will be there through September, so you’re in luck! Please report back when you see it and what you think. I’m so jealous!

                • At 2009.02.14 23:53, Meghan said:

                  I’m going in August! According to the BBC the exhibit will be up until the end of September, so I will definitely be checking it out and reporting back. I particularly love how he circled her name with a heart! By the time I get there I should be well and good at reading 16th century handwriting, so I’m very exciting to decipher it with my own eyes.

                  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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                  I can’t wait to live vicariously through you! That will most certainly be a great experience!

                  • At 2009.02.15 01:34, Matt said:

                    Letter is way more personal, let alone a love letter. He’s so romantic and nudging.

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