Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Question from Stephanie - Infant buried with Henry VIII

I always thought the infant son of Queen Anne buried with Henry VIII was that of Anne Boleyn, not Anne Stuart. Which is it? And if it is Anne Stuart- Why buried with Henry?


Anonymous PhD Historian said...

The black marble marker over the burial site identifies the infant as a child of Anne Stuart (d. 1714). Charles I is likewise buried in the same vault. Charles I was the great-grandfather of Anne's infant, so there was a family connection.

June 24, 2009 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Holly said...

Why is Henry buried with charles I?

June 26, 2009 6:21 PM  
Anonymous PhD Historian said...

Since Charles I died exactly 102 years and 2 days after Henry VIII, the real question to ask is why Charles was buried with Henry (and with Jane Seymour).

Charles was executed on 30 January 1649, after having been deposed as King of England, Ireland, and Scotland. It was the first time in English history that a monarch had been publicly and judicially executed. The symbolism of the monarch as God's anointed was still so powerful that Oliver Cromwell and his colleagues were respectful to Charles' remains, to the extent that they reportedly had the head sewn back on to the body.

Windsor was chosen as the burial place probably because it was and had for five years been used by Cromwell as a prison for captured Royalists. Charles himself was held prisoner there until his trial began in London. There was a large Parliamentarian garrison at Windsor, which would enable Cromwell to secure the grave from those who might want to steal the king's remains in an effort to promote sainthood. Charles was reportedly buried in relative secrecy, but of course the location did not remain secret for long.

June 27, 2009 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Holly said...

thank you so much, I had tried to look that up but wasn't having much luck but I knew where to turn!!!

June 28, 2009 5:29 PM  

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