The Solemn Procession

"The solemn procession, through Coldharbour Gate: the city first, aldermen and officials, then the guard. In the midst of them the queen with her women. She wears a gown of dark damask and a short cape of ermine, a gable hood; it is the occasion, one supposes, to hide the face as much as possible, to guard the expression.
"Anne Boleyn in the Tower" by Edouard Cibot, 1835.
Musée Rolin, France.
That ermine cape, does he not know it? It was wrapped around Katherine, he thinks, when I saw it last. These furs, then, are Anne's final spoils. Three years ago when she went to be crowned, she walked on a blue cloth that stretched the length of the abbey--so heavy with child that the onlookers held their breath for her; and now she must make shift over the rough ground, picking her way in her little lady's shoes, with her body hollow and light and just as many hands around her, ready to retrieve her from any stumble and deliver her safely to death." (394-395)


Mantel, Hilary. Bring up the Bodies. New York: Henry Holt and Company: 2012.


What would you wear to your execution?