“With ‘er ‘ead tucked underneather ‘er arms”: The Twelve Ghosts of Christmas, 3

Ann Bolyn, who lost her head at the king's whim. She haunts many a English palace, but only her home of Hever at Yuletide.

Ann Bolyn, who lost her head at the king’s whim. She haunts many a English palace, but only her home of Hever at Yuletide.

With the ghost of Charles Dickens still fresh off the Word Press, another famous English ghost quickly comes to mind: Ann Bolyn. One of Henry the Eighth’s less fortunate ex’s, he had her beheaded, supposedly because she was unfaithful.

In truth, there are in fact a number of places in England where her ghost has been seen–in most cases lacking a head on her shoulders.

But wherever she may roam throughout the year, at Christmastime she returns to her ancestral home of Hever Castle, in Kent.

Whether she haunts this castle as the others, “with er ead tucked underneath er arms” is not certain; but we prefer to think not. She comes home to Hever for the holidays, so perhaps that is why she is on her best behavior here.

What is certain is that on Christmas Eve she can be seen walking across the bridge of the River Eden and onto the castle grounds. Perhaps for one night out of the year she may find rest there.

For more true ghost stories, see Strange Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground, Dixie Spirits, and Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee; all are available at better book stores.

Strange Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground chronicles true stories of unexplained phenomena in the Mid South.

Strange Tales of the Dark and Bloody Ground chronicles true stories of unexplained phenomena in the Mid South.

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