You’ve most likely heard the stories, or accusations, of Anne Boleyn trying to poison her enemies – do you think she did? Witchcraft was nothing new to Tudor England. During the reign of Edward lV his queen consort, Elizabeth Woodville and her mother Jacquetta, Countess Rivers (dowager Duchess of Bedford) were also accused of the like.
I found this story on QueenAnneBoleyn.com and wanted to share it with you – here’s an excerpt:
Poisoner Anne Boleyn? -Susan Breen
Seventeen-year-old Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond, King Henry’s illegitimate son, also believed Anne was trying to poison him. On May 2, 1536, after Anne had been taken to the Tower, FitzRoy went to receive his father’s blessing. The King began to cry, saying that he and his sister [Lady Mary] were “greatly bound to God for having escaped the hands of that accursed whore, who had determined to poison them.” FitzRoy went to Anne’s execution and he and the Duke of Suffolk were among the few people there who didn’t fall to their knees in prayer as she awaited death. Sadly FitzRoy died the following month, of what Alison Weir describes as a “suppurating pulmonary infection.”
Excerpt from The Anne Boleyn Files regarding the accusations toward Jacquetta: Jacquetta Woodville and Witchraft
In 1469, Thomas Wake, esquire, made a shocking accusation against Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, the mother of Edward IV’s queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Wake brought to Warwick Castle ‘an image of lead made like a man of arms of the length of a man’s finger broken in the middle and made fast with a wire, saying that it was made by [Jacquetta] to use with witchcraft and sorcery’. Wake also enlisted the aid of John Daunger, the parish clerk of Stoke Brewerne, to say that Jacquetta had made two other images, ‘one for the king and one for the queen’. The Duchess of Bedford was arrested and brought to Warwick Castle.