Anne Boleyn: The Price Of Being Queen

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The Price of Being Queen

Marriage is a dangerous game, especially if the prize involves a king and the English crown in the early 1500’s. For some unfortunate ladies the price they paid in pursuit of being the queen of England was their lives.It was a race to produce a male heir that would decied thier fates and all but one would succeed, but not without dying in the process. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, and finally widowed was the fate of these English Queens and the journey that led them there would be just as harsh. Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain would become Henry the VIII 's first wife on the 11th of June and Queen of England on
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Believed to be born in 1507 to Thomas Boleyn. 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Lady Elizabeth Howard, Anne Boleyn spent her life as a lady of waiting to several Queens including Queen Catherine, the Queen of England before her. With time spent in France she found herself with many admirers including a poet and a heir to the earl of Northumberland. It seemed that these options didn’t matter to Anne as her sights were set on something far larger than just becoming a wife or mistress to a simple poet or lord, Anne Boleyn wanted to be King Henry’s wife and more importantly, his Queen. In 1533 Anne would achieve this goal, but not without upsetting a large number of people, who claimed she bewitched Henry into marrying her. There were also claims she had a sixth finger that further led to the belief she was a witch herself. Either way Henry’s love for her was made clear by the many love letters he wrote to her despite being known to despise writing as shown in this excerpt …show more content…
Although her sights were set on another, she married Henry in 1543, and would even gain his respects enough to be Queen Regent during one of Henry’s military campaigns. It was with her wit and declining of Henry’s health that Katharine survive the dangerous marriage to Henry and became his widow on January 28th, 1547. She would later finally be able to marry for love, and be able to say she lived through a marriage to the feared King of

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