The Life Of Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen Anne Boleyn may be one of the most famous women in history however there is not much known about her early life. We know that she was born sometime between 1500 - 1509. Anne Boleyn spent much of her childhood in the French court where she developed a love of French fashion, poetry, and music.
There are many legends of Anne Boleyn having large unsightly moles and a sixth finger, but if these legends are true would a King really have found her so captivating as to divorce his wife, break with the church, and marry her?
It has been stated that she was not the prettiest girl but back in the 16th century pale skin, blond hair, and blue eyes were preferred. Anne Boleyn had a darker complexion, dark hair, and dark eyes. She was small busted, of average height, and had a long neck.
Around the year of 1521 Anne Boleyn returned to England where she attended court for Queen Catherine.
The marriage details her parents were working out for her when she returned to England fell through and Anne began a secret love affair with a rich heir by the name of Henry Percy. An end was put to the affair once Cardinal Wolsey got wind of it and Anne held a deep hatred for him until her death.
No one is sure exactly when King Henry Vlll noticed Anne but it is known that he sought her out to make her his mistress as he had done with her sister Mary years earlier. Anne completely denied the King all sexual favors. Anne did not have her sights set on being a king's whore, she wanted to be a Queen.
In 1527 King Henry Vlll began to seek an annulment from Queen Catherine. The King was obviously quite in love with Anne Boleyn as can be proven by the 17 love letters he wrote to her that still survive to this day.
Anne Boleyn was not popular with the King's subjects. She had a bad temper and often argued with the King in front of members of the court. One could say that Anne Boleyn was not a women who held her tongue, an unpopular trait in those days. King Henry spent a lot of money on Anne buying her many expensive gifts which the people didn't approve of.
At some point Anne stopped denying the King's advances and by December of 1532 she was pregnant. Legitimacy of the child was a huge issue for them so they secretly wed sometime in January of 1533. On May 23 Henry's marriage to Catherine was officially proclaimed invalid, Anne couldn't have been happier. On June 1, 1533 Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England.
Everyone was sure that Anne's child was to be the boy that Henry had so desperately wanted, but Princess Elizabeth was born on September 7, 1533. Anne took joy in her daughter but knew that to keep her husband happy she must produce a male heir. She was pregnant again by January of 1534 but she miscarried. Again, in 1535 Anne miscarried and the child was said to have been the boy that both parents had prayed for. During this time Anne was stressed out not only due to the loss of her children but also due to the fact that the King had started to take notice of one of her ladies in waiting, a girl named Jane Seymour.
During Queen Anne Boleyn's reign she made many powerful enemies at court. They used the King's increasing lack of interest in his new Queen to plot against her. On May 2, 1536 Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England, was arrested for charges of adultery, incest, and plotting to murder the King himself. On May 15th Anne and her brother were put on trial. They both denied the claims but were found guilty. Their punishment was to be burnt at the stake or to be beheaded.
Anne Boleyn's brother was executed on May 17th and Anne was executed on May 19th. The people of England did not like Anne during her reign but after her death they felt that she was another victim of a King who threw away his wives like trash when he was through with them.
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