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Welsh Witch: A King’s Obsession
The Final Hour of Anne Boleyn
by Kat Marlowe
Published 25 October 2020
by Witching Hour Gothic Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 92
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King Henry VIII’s astrologer, a young Welsh witch finds the ultimate decision lies in her hands as one Queen falls and another rises as the history of England is forever changed.
A young Anne Boleyn captures the heart of the king. What begins as his distraction becomes his obsession and leads to her destruction. Court intrigue, revenge and all the secrets are revealed as one queen falls and another rises to take her place on destiny’s stage.
Love, hate, loyalty and betrayal come together in a single dramatic moment…the execution of a queen.
A LONE RAY of light beams into the room and beckons me from a deep slumber. Somewhere in the land of dreams, in a room filled with velvet, fire, and furs, Henry has kissed me; he says that it is for the last time. “Goodbye, my love. Your time has come,” he whispered as he fleetingly kissed my right hand and bowed before me as I awoke. I awoke knowing that I love him now and that I will love him forever, yet there is nothing to be done. It simply is.
The sun kisses my face now. Henry is gone from me forever. This is my last day on Earth, I hope and pray. Yesterday was enough to drive a person mad. Twice, I prepared for the execution— my execution— only to be told both times that the Swordsman of Calais was not yet available. I wanted so to believe that Henry had changed his mind. I still cling to that hope. Surely our love is beyond misunderstandings and whispered innuendo. I forgive him and believe he shall arrive for me at the last minute. My Prince, my King, my Henry. He will bound upon the scaffold, his stage— oh, how he does love theatrics—at the last moment. He shall tell one and all that such is the punishment for all who defy him, yet explain that this is an exercise of humility for me. An exercise to show that he is a just and noble king who has to teach his wife a lesson. That he listens to no man, only God. He loves me and asks if I will humbly submit to his “lesson.” Yes, I respond with a sweeping curtsy. Then he will take my hand as he has so many
times before and kiss me publicly, as he has so very often. We will laugh and the crowd will join in our theatre.
My Henry, the greatest King in all the world. Looking to the stand beside the bed, I see the spices in the cup of red wine shimmer in the new dawn. It entices me to have a drink. This is the sweetest red wine I have ever tasted. This wine tastes much like the wine served the night Henry and I meet on Shrove Sunday, fourteen years ago.
Even in France, there was not a wine to compare with this. Generally, I only drink ale early and have wine beginning with dinner, but this is almost like a sweet juice. Henry has at least sent me the best of everything since this started a few days ago. Two weeks and five days in the Tower, to be exact.
Kat Marlowe is free spirit and a lover of all things magic. She is a Scorpio, Leo moon with Aquarius rising and is mesmerized by the mystery of Anne Boleyn and Tudor England. She lives with her partner in a small cottage in the woods where she dreams and conjures things, and she currently has no social media. Although her future work remains a secret, her life is an open book.
Look for more from Kat very soon.
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