Margaret Pole's Wild Ride on Fortune's Wheel
Who Was Richard Pole?
Long Live the King!
The Not-So-Illustrious Marriages of the Pole Children
Another Stillborn Birth for Katherine
Margaret Loses Governess Post
Coat of Arms Tells a Story
Geoffrey Pole is Taken to the Tower
The Execution of Henry Pole
Reginald Pole Learns of His Mother's Death
|Tower of London Memorial|
She had no warning. She had not had a trial. She was 67 years old and cousin to the king.
Yet, she bravely endured this final injustice as she had the previous trials in her life, with dignity and faith.
An apocryphal story has Margaret running circles around the axeman and attempting to evade her execution. This does not come from eye witnesses - what few there were at the rushed and badly botched execution - and I cannot imagine Margaret behaving in such a way. A final words of protest were found on the wall of her cell within the Tower where she had been imprisoned for over a year before her execution.
For traitors on the block should die;
I am no traitor, no, not I!
My faithfulness stands fast and so,
Towards the block I shall not go!
Nor make one step, as you shall see;
Christ in Thou Mercy, save Thou me!
In King Henry VIII's rush to clear the Tower of traitors, he had not been able to locate a very skilled executioner. Witnesses cringed as Margaret's head, neck, and torso endured many strikes rather than a quick, clean beheading. I only pray that God, in his mercy, had already taken the poor woman to heaven before her body was mangled. There she had many loved ones to reunite with.
If you enjoyed this 10 Days of Margaret Pole and are interested in more of her story, you might like Faithful Traitor, my novel of her life as a Plantagenet heiress living under the rule of Tudor kings.
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