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The last words of Charles I
Ab imo pectore
On January 30, 1649 at about 2 o’clock in the afternoon a short man was led to the scaffold. It was Charles I, the first King who was sentenced to death by his subjects. He seemed to be calm. It was at the scaffold, standing next to his executioner’s block, where he delivered his last speech:
My Subjects! My People! I am Charles I The King of England, Scotland and Ireland, the son of James VI, the King of Scots! Here I am standing before your eyes and in front of the Palace of Whitehall. The Palace I lived in and the place where my flesh will be mortified.
In the face of my assassins I want to tell the truth and to expose my mean enemies. I am sentenced by Parliament’s hirelings and the enemies of my People. These traitors made use of The Civil War to destroy me and my Divine Right of the King, which I own by the grace of God! By means of execution of your Lawful King Parliament is trying to increase its own power and the Puritans are willing to abase the Church of England and our pure and true faith!
The shameful “King’s trial” was held by 135 Parliament stooges and my prosecutor? Solicitor General John Cook, who is wearing his iron hat now, because my forthcoming death lies heavy on his conscience and he is fearful of the recompense for his sins!
I’ve ruled firmly and in accordance with my conscience and views I have done my duty to guide my country and my people through the horrors of the Civil War and religious faction. For all the eleven years of my just rule I have been trying to disregard Parliament’s attempts to seize the supreme authority, but they managed to arm my people and unleash the Civil War.
From the time of the Battle of Edgehill up to the Battle of Preston I was doing my best to save England, but I failed, because of the mean and treacherous Parliament and Puritan heresy; even our Presbyterian allies were powerless to rectify the situation.
During my rule I took care of my people and their rights. I established the first Patent Law (in 1632), I gave my Scottish subjects civil and ecclesiastical freedoms! Of course, I reintroduced the ship money tax, but it was a necessary measure, because I depended financially on Parliament!
My People! I am innocent. I have been accused of high treason, but how could I betray my own people, my children?!!! I swear and claim – that is not so!!! Furthermore, I am a paragon of a family man and I’ve treated my People like my own family.
Now I, Charles I, the veritable King of England, Scotland and Ireland, ask you to pray for my soul and urge you to fight for your freedom and faith!
Мальцев Дмитрий, МГУ им. М.В.Ломоносова,
The last words of Anne Boleyn
According to numerous
sources, Anne Boleyn was quite a timid and religious person. She accepted her
death in humility, having forgiven everyone. But I’d like to defend the rights
of all unjustly abused women in the world. So, I dare to put the following words
into her last speech.
I am permitted to make a just a short speech,
that will be the last one in my life.
When I met my dearest husband Henry
VIII, I was young and innocent and I
was ready to entrust him with my life. He was the light of my eyes and the
treasure of my heart. The only thing I wished was to be close to him and to
serve him as a loyal dog.
JANE SEYMOUR with that THOMAS CROMWELL turned
all the people at court against me. And my dearest Henry believed them. I was
accused of treason and adultery, but it’s not me who did it. Henry’s infidelity
is a byword at court. My lawful husband given to me by the Almighty God had a
love affair even with my sister Mary, who gave birth to his extramarital son
Henry. I almost cried my eyes out spending lonely nights, when I learnt about
I don’t think that I should die because of
bearing a daughter, not a son – his dream and obsession, as I consider all
children to be God-given. So I’m dying today because I have fallen into
disgrace with my husband, who is eager to substitute me for his new passion.
Alas, his heart is as changeable as our English weather. And I would also like
to say that this Jane Seymour won’t be his last spouse and sooner or later she
will follow my destiny. Remember my words, they
may be prophetical.
And what will happen to my little lovely
daughter – Elizabeth. She is still a baby, and girls, you know, need their
mothers to be with them. My poor Lizzy will be brought up by a stepmother...
My death is ordained by fate. But if this
infamous slander brings Henry the joy of his desired happiness, then I wish God
could pardon his sinful desire. If he desires my death, than I will die. All
humans are guilty since the human nature is weak. Only small babies taken to the
Realm of Heaven are sinless angels! But I’m not guilty of the crimes I’m accused
The only thing I may do now is to pray God to
receive my soul, because to him I commend it...
Одесская Гимназия №2, 11 класс, 2
The last words of Charles I
My disloyal perfidious servants,
Thus have I been sentenced to death by your unjust trial. How
dare you name me a traitor, a foe of my own land? For it is my land whence
everything that arises and perishes belongs to me, for I am the lawful king of
England, your king, granted the right to rule by gracious God. My every step, my
every thought have been determined by the interests of my country and my people.
However I see that my subjects blinded by their ignorant hatred have forgotten
the sacred rights of the king who rules his land on behalf of God and disdained
the divine law to do homage to their ruler. Deceived by the devil, you concluded
a loathsome bargain of which the treason was the stipulation; hereby I say that
YOU are the traitors who betrayed your king, your country and God!
Alas, my treacherous friends! You will not succeed in your
hideous attempt to plunge the country into abyss. Whilst standing on the
scaffold and taking the Death by the hand, I behold the defeat on your scared
faces. I know that God is on my side; I have nothing to repent of. I pray for my
beloved family and for my valiant subjects who endeavoured to resist this
all-devouring flow of savage rebels as I pray for those wretched who fear, who
yield watching humbly the march of usurpers. I pray for my executors who are
hiding themselves behind the masks as if their black cloth can protect their
black souls against the wrath of God.
Yet I do not repent of my destiny; I am taking my fate with
Merciful God bless my abject servants!
Дальневосточный Государственный Университет , факультет
The last words of Anne Boleyn
I am addressing the English people, and God is with me!
He is with me because He is ubiquitous and He has the eye of omniscience. He
knows my sincere ideas and deeds; He needs neither informers, nor slanderers,
because he knows everything! And He knows, that my thoughts have always been
innocent and aimed at the benefit of England! There were many people who were
envious of me, but there were even more people who were my devoted friends and
loyal subjects. And now you, my people, have been fooled by malicious tongues.
You are mistaken! I have been faithful to my King and to England. And my
innocent blood is going to be shed by mistake!
My King has been so kind to me. First he made me his
servant. Then he made me his Queen, and now he is turning his Queen into a saint
martyr! However my King is not only kind, but he is also prudent. Look, my neck
is so thin, as if it was created for an axe, so it is easy to execute me
Oh, Henry! My tears are water for you, and my blood is
water too. You will wash yourself with this water, but will you be satisfied
with my blood?
The only thing that hurts me is that five innocent
souls have perished because of me. Is it fair that rivers of innocent blood are
Henry, your court is of no import to me, and your
favour is of no account for me.
I have forgiven you, my people, and I have forgiven all
my enemies, craving for my blood.
My God, lead me to eternal truth!
«Veni judica vivoc et mortuos! Judicum mihi adhuc
Чумак-Жунь Ирина, Белгородский
государственный университет, экономический факультет,
The last words of Charles I
You do I
question, - tell me, by what authority whatsoever, am I forced to be under trial
here? I am your King, your lawful King. All ye are guilty of high treason
against your liege lord, whereby you have brought indelible dishonour upon your
names. Think what eternal condemnation you will receive from God for your sin.
the holy sacrament of unction the Lord endued me with grace for directing this
land towards prosperity in accordance with His commandments, and before no one
but Him do I bear responsibility for my duty. Perhaps I have not been the wisest
ruler and have failed to give proper answers to the calamities and misfortunes
that England has suffered in these last years, but, under grace, I have been
sincerely determined to hold my office scrupulously, upon my Christian
conscience and honour. Ye have accused me of abusing the freedom of the people
of England, but I have pleaded for their liberties and welfare more than any of
you. I have endeavoured by God’s grace to do His will, to the best of my ability
and for the common good of all men.
King is the Defender of the Faith and an intercessor for the nation before the
face of the Almighty. If the Crown falls, it shall fall together with the whole
Realm. By beheading the Monarch ye will also behead the country and plunge into
deep and lasting disgrace. But if ye have no fear of God, ye may dare to do so
and say farewell to your Sovereign forever. May the Lord forgive ye all, for ye
are not aware of what an iniquity ye are committing.
manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum.
Казаков Григорий, МГУ им. М.В.Ломоносова,
факультет иностранных языков и регионоведения,
The last words of Anne Boleyn
You’ve been so
very kind to me. You made me your lady-in-waiting. You made me a Marquess. You
made me your Queen. And now you’re making me a martyr. Yet what for?
Well what if I sometimes shared a company of my male friends? I’m a charming
lady, men are easily captivated… Henry, your beloved Queen has loved you, only
you! Your witnesses were all telling a lie and they were bribed by that wicked
Seymour, who recently affirmed her devotion to me. Well Smeaton confessed, but
the only thing he was troubled about was his miserable soul.
Incest? No witness, no confession! It’s all been inspired by Thomas Cromwell who hates
me and my family. I’ve never been close enough to my brother!
Henry, even when I didn’t know you I was a devoted subject of my king and my
Witchcraft? It’s complete
I’ve always been a
committed Christian! As for my
miscarriage, it was caused by my enormous anxiety.
Anyway, the Queen
doesn’t need to justify herself.
beloved Queen love you?
beloved Queen bear you a daughter who is destined to play a great part in the
history of England?
beloved Queen help you to get rid of Catherine, that miserable Spaniard?
beloved Queen solidify the French alliance?
Anyway my body
and my soul are yours! Take my life if you want to, but my death will soil your
honesty with another bloody spot, my beloved King. Perhaps it will be a charming
spot. My small neck is ideally suitable for beheading. So I’ll be charming. Even
Пьянкова Анастасия, Пермский государственный
университет, юридический факультет,
Habeas Corpus Act
I cannot help expressing my own opinion
in the great Question now before our country, because I think it is of great
importance to the nation to decide the case now. Without a doubt, it deserves
and needs the most thorough examination. Thus I shall endeavour to express my
thoughts about it with great Plainness and Freedom.
Nowadays our state is facing a great
problem. Multiple cases of offences carried out by the officials have recently
turned into a widespread abuse. Our holy rights are being violated. Sheriffs,
gaolers and other officers, who are supposed to protect our freedom, are in fact
diminishing it. The case of Mrs. Alice Robinson is the most notorious one but
indeed there are thousands of such cases taking place every year. Let us
remember King John of England and his great Law. According to the Magna Carta,
which has been the cornerstone of our legal system for a few centuries, “no free
man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions
except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.” The act
also claims: “To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.”
Mrs. Robinson was denied justice for many months when she was being imprisoned.
This pregnant woman was put on a harsh punishment diet, beaten and forced to
sleep on bare earth whereas no warrant justifying her arrest had been issued.
Our people cannot stand such treatment
any longer. After the abuses of government the most significant legal act in the
history of England was adopted in 1215. Now it is high time for us to make a new
law that will stop the arbitrariness of the officials. It should protect all the
King’s subjects from prosecution on political grounds. Only those people who are
dangerous for our society should be imprisoned. The aim is to prevent them from
committing new crimes. If a man doesn’t commit crimes, he is not dangerous for
society. Thus a person must not be imprisoned without a court decision.
I am therefore in Hopes that a new bill,
securing our rights and freedoms for good, will be passed by Parliament as soon
Лингвистический Университет, факультет экономики и права,
специальный приз жюри за мастерское
освещение юридического аспекта темы
The last words of Anne Boleyn
Christian people of my
My last words are for
you, the subjects of my husband, for you, the witnesses of how I will draw my
last breath, the judges of your Queen found guilty and sentenced to death for
the crime she did not commit!
Am I guilty?
If it is possible to
commit high treason by the pure and sincere love to my King, so I am guilty!
If it is possible to
commit high treason by giving the King a daughter instead of a son, so I am
I have nothing to do but
obey my beloved husband and I ask you to obey him.
I have nothing except for
my love to my Lord!
Everything I have said is
God Almighty, help me!
Саратовская Государственная Академия
Права, Институт прокуратуры,
специальный приз жюри за
лаконичность и емкость речи
The last words of Ann Boleyn
I have heard what I am accused of. Your Majesty, do You believe I could have committed all those crimes which my accusers are trying to convince You of?
Do You really think that a woman who You have chosen to be Your Queen can be that mean? You do trust my enemies, who are not eager to see such a loving and devoted woman next to her King. I am aware of my major crime, which Your Majesty is accusing me of , having heard what calumniators are talking about: I have not fulfilled my paramount duty – that is to give birth to the King’s son, and now I am supposed to get through the suffering because of that.
Love is my crime. I have been criminated for the love for my King and my Motherland. Being a Queen, everything I have done and spoken of, has been done for the welfare of the country and my Monarch. But unfortunately, Your Majesty, there have been too many enemies of our union; I have been too open-hearted, loving and devoted to You, Your Majesty; and too sincerely I have been trying to oppose Your veritable enemies who wished to manipulate Your Majesty.
As soon as I stumbled, there appeared those Judahs, who encouraged and upheld the false and totally inconceivable accusations against me. So let it be. They have done what they have been supposed to. Let them go home now and hide their disgrace there, if only their doors are sufficiently strong and the walls high enough for the purpose of withstanding it.
I have got nothing to feel sorry about. My soul is that pure and innocent as it was on the first day we met. I do remain loyal to the oath, I enounced on the day of our wedding ceremony. Let our Lord forgive those people, who accuse me of the opposite. There will ultimately come a day when Your Majesty will realize, that He was himself deceived by them.
Another woman will possibly give You all that I have not managed to. I do not hate her or feel envious of her. I do only ask You, Your Majesty, to be more merciful towards her, than You have been towards me.
You are keeping silent when I am talking about my love. I am only calling on Your righteousness: please take care of our little daughter. If You have no more trust in me, please, do that for the sake of Your former love.
I have got nothing to repent of before You. But still, I do ask You to forgive me. Please, forgive me for not being that strong to withstand Your and my persecutors. And I do forgive You for having become one of them. I do not feel anger towards You. Let our Lord be with You.
Полищук Елена, Одесская Национальная Юридическая Академия, прокурорско-следственный факультет,
специальный приз жюри за достоверное воссоздание образа исторического персонажа
Ann Boleyn's love and death
Your Majesty! I obey your
will. I would make the same decision if I had so much evidence of treason and
adultery considering the fact that this evidence was given by such clever people
as Chancellor Audley and Archbishop Cranmer. You have loved me for 14 years.
Only such talented and cunning people could
persuade a loving man of
his wife’s adultery. However, I dare to remark that out of the 5 men only
musician Smeaton admitted having had an affair with me.
But be careful, Your
Majesty. If I really charmed you with my devilish power, then the Church and the
country have been ruled for so long by the man possessed by Satan. That’s what
people like Audley and Cranmer are trying to persuade everyone of. They’re
trying to make you commit a crime because under the 1534 Act of Succession
treason includes any attempt to break Henry and Anne’s marriage. This act is
A marriage to a brother’s
widow is illegal. Therefore, your previous marriage is invalid. I’m your only
legal wife. You gave me our beloved daughter Elizabeth and you can give me more
children. How can I wish you death?!
You’re the best man.
Everyone knows that you’re a god-given king.
Being with you, I have become better, and more intelligent. Like any person, I
wish myself only the best. And who can be better than Your Majesty? So anyone
who says I’m unfaithful is disparaging you
A king is always right.
Those who are trying to persuade you that our marriage is illegal are trying to
persuade your subjects that you were wrong. But I know you’re a real king.
Or maybe you know about
my love and you are just challenging me? Then I have passed your challenge with
Удмуртский Государственный Университет, Институт права,
социального управления и безопасности,
специальный приз жюри за глубокое
знание исторических фактов и интересное логическое построение речи
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