Tower of London

During the reign of Henry VIII, one of the most popular parts of the fortress was Tower Green. It was the place of execution of high-born Englishmen.

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There was a belief that the loss of life at Tower Green was somehow a privilege. This questionable privilege was granted to, among others, Baron William Hastings, Countess Margaret Salisbury, Earl of Essex Robert Deveraux - the favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, as well as two wives of King Henry VIII - Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. All of them were executed with an axe, only Anne Boleyn was beheaded with the sword of a French executioner, who in his "graciousness" was brought from France by her distinguished husband.