What did Empress Wang, Anula and Brunhilda have in common?
Never heard of them?
Let’s try this: What did Anne Boleyn, Marie Antoinette and Jane Grey have in common?
Aha, you got it…
The first three queens were burned to death; the last three were beheaded. The common denominator for all six of them, and a few more dozens throughout history – their deaths were as premature as they were violent.
In her book Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, from Cleopatra to Princess Di, Kris Waldherr presents about fifty too-brief lives of queens across the ages, from the ancient times of Athaliah, a biblical queen and the daughter of King Ahad and Queen Jesabel, and Olimpias, Alexander the Great’s mother, through the Dark and Middle ages and Tudor times, when the position of the queen to Henry WIII, as we know, carried a significant risk, to the French Revolution and its famous royal victims, to the doomed queens of our days…
Some quotes attributed to the above mentioned beheaded queens:
“A queen who is not regent ought, under these circumstances, to remain passive and prepare to die.” ~Marie Antoinette
“The executioner shall not have much trouble, for I have a little neck.” ~Anne Boleyn
“I assure you, the time hath been so odious to me that I long for nothing so much as death.” ~Jane Grey