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1917 Anastasia was led into the basement, was drowned under a tattoo of gunfire, was wrapped in sheets and buried in a meadow. Her family was deposited under a little footbridge nearby. They slept there for seventy-five years, absorbing the Russian winters and turning into snow. 1795 Marie-Therese was granted independence on the last day of her sixteenth year, and spent the rest of her life floating around the edges of ducal courts. When the monarchy was reestablished in 1815, she returned to France and moved her parents’ bodies into the family tomb. She kissed the walls of the room where her brother died. This final act of mourning done, she faded back into history, a forgotten orphan of the Revolution. 1554 On a bitterly cold February day, Jane Grey looked out her window and saw her husband’s body being transported to its final resting place. Soon it was her turn to walk down to the scaffold on Tower Green, where she swore before God that she’d never wanted the crown for which she was about to die. After the executioner put the blindfold over her eyes, she became disoriented and began to cry. A warden helped her kneel. In an upper chamber of the Tower of London, the single word “JANE” sings eternally from the wall of what was once her husband’s cell.

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