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The law forbidding citizens to criticize Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn has just been repealed in Ireland what a time to be alive. time at last to achieve my long-held dream of flying to Ireland and shouting ‘HONESTLY YOU COULD’VE DONE BETTER, ANNE’ http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/state-repeals-almost-6-000-obsolete-laws-1.2282480

The law forbidding citizens to criticize Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn has just been repealed in Ireland.

Catherine of Aragon, from Historical Figures of England. Portrait by George Stuart.

Portrait length color image of Catherine of Aragon aka. Catalina de Aragón, by George Stuart.

A great poster of Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) from the TV show The Tudors. Ships fast. 11x17 inches.

The Tudors TV Show Poster 11x17

Natalie Dormer peviously starred in racy drama The Tudors were she played a seductive Anne Boleyn to Jonathan Rhys Meyers' King Henry VIII

Katherine Howard: 5th wife of Henry VIII, was beheaded at the age of 21. After only eight months of being married to Henry, Catherine had already taken Thomas Culpepper as her lover. Their relationship would end tragically. Legend has it that Catherine’s last words were: “I die a queen, but would rather die the wife of Culpepper.” flickr.com

(supposed likeness) Henry called Catherine Howard his "Rose Without a Thorn"…

The most famous people to lose their head were Henry VIII’s two unfortunate wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Here is the executioner’s axe and chopping block in the White Tower museum (inside The Tower of London). Their bodies are said to lay under the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula.

The Executioner’s Axe and Chopping Block, White Tower Museum, The Tower of London, England - The most famous people to lose their heads were Henry VIIIs two unfortunate wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.

Although throughout her reign Queen Elizabeth I never spoke publicly of her mother, the “treasonous” and beheaded second wife of Henry VIII,  upon Elizabeth’s death in 1603, this ring was removed from her finger. Within its secret compartment are two miniature enamel portraits, one of Elizabeth, the other, of a woman many believe to be Anne.

“ Although throughout her reign Queen Elizabeth I never spoke publicly of her mother, the “treasonous” and beheaded second wife of Henry VIII, upon Elizabeth’s death in this ring was removed from her finger. Within its secret compartment are.

Natalie Dormer and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors Season 1

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII - Natalie Dormer and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors, set between 1519 and 1547 (TV series

This is the first love token King Henry VIII gave to Anne Boleyn, which she kept until her death. It is a tiny gold dog whistle with a salt spoon, earpick and toothpick (he was known for his hygeine!). When Anne gave it to her jailer shortly before her execution she pointed out that the design is of a serpent adding "and thus he (Henry) proved ever unto me". It's now kept at Chequers, the Prime Minister's country residence.

Henry VIII's first love token to Anne Boleyn. This is the first love token King Henry VIII gave to Anne Boleyn, which she kept until her death.

Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII, Waxwork at Warwick Castle | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

A detail of an Anne of Cleves waxwork statue at Warwick Castle, based on her portrait by Holbein.

Queen Elizabeth's oak, Greenwich. This oak tree dates back to the 12th Century. It's history is immense, with Queen Elizabeth known for picnicking under the tree and her parents Henry VIII & Anne Boylen having a dance around the trunk. The tree was also hollow and was known to be a place to lock up badly behaved park users. Unfortunately the Oak eventually fell down in the early 1990's.

Queen Elizabeth known for picknicking under the tree and her parents Henry VIII Anne Boylen having a dance around the trunk.

Bedroom at Thornbury Castle. Yes, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn really did stay at the castle! (Six Wives of Henry VIII 2013)

Bedroom at Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire. Yes, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn really did stay at the castle! (Six Wives of Henry VIII