Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII and thus Queen of England, from 1533 to 1536. She was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard. Though raised Catholic, Anne was an Evangelist and believed in reformation. Though opinions regarding her demise vary, there is no doubt that she is a very important historical figure.
Anne Boleyn caught the eye of King Henry VIII while serving at court as the hand maiden to Henry's wife Catherine. King Henry VIII was infatuated with Anne, though, she would not become his mistress as many before her had. Henry tried for many years to have his marriage to Catherine annulled claiming that the marriage was void due to Catherine being his brother's wife before their marriage. His inability to have his marriage annulled and his continued pursuit of Anne resulting in his breaking from the Catholic Church and eventually the English Reformation.
In September of 1533, Anne gave birth to her first child, Elizabeth, later to become Queen Elizabeth I of England. Anne had three later pregnancies, thought they were all unfortunate miscarriages. This was a huge disappointment to the King, who needed a male heir. This also began Anne's downfall. During this time, King Henry began having an affair with Jane Seymour.
In May, 1536, Anne was arrested after being accused of adultery, incest, and high treason. Five other men, including her brother were arrested and later executed for having affairs with Anne. Anne pleaded her innocence at trial and until her death. She was found guilty at trial and later beheaded in front of a …show more content…
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