Henry VIII’’s love letters to Anne Boleyn to be revealed online

November 17th, 2008 - 11:59 am ICT by ANI  

London, November 17 (ANI): Love letters written by King Henry VIII of England to Anne Boleyn, who later became his second wife, will soon be made available to the public for the first time in an online archive.

In the letters, penned in 1527, the second monarch of the Tudor House professes his love for his mistress while still being married to Catherine of Aragon.

In one such letter the King of England writes: I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection.

The private documents would be among other Tudor papers to provide a deep insight into significant historical happenings such as the Reformation, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the execution of Anne Boleyn.

The State Papers, which had been collected by the Secretaries of State, dating from 1509 to 1603 are set to be made available on the Internet on November 18.

The papers will also include key documents in relation to the succession of Henry VIII and the Dispensation by Archbishop Cranmer, which allowed Henry VIII to marry Jane Seymour, who became his third wife.

It will transform the way people research the period because they will no longer have to visit the archive where the material was held. They can access it at the touch of a button, the Telegraph quoted Amanda Bevan, principal records specialist at the National Archives, as saying. (ANI)

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