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The Life Of Queen Anne Boleyn

Updated on October 5, 2016
Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn | Source

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.

Anne Boleyn - Scene from The Tudors
Anne Boleyn - Scene from The Tudors

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.

Anne Boleyn - King Henry Vlll
Anne Boleyn - King Henry Vlll | Source

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.

Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn | Source

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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      2 years ago

      Love to read the tudors.and the life of anne boleyn.

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      Debbie Kitkowski 

      3 years ago

      Hi! I have been interested in both the Ottomans and Tudors. I have traveled to Turkey twice, and the Ottomans exucuted there own brothers, and Harem politics of the time.The Tudors are interesting to read also. Thank you for your artical.

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      Lisa Stover 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for reading The Life Of Anne Boleyn.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      7 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I must admit to not knowing much more about Anne Boleyn than her name, so this was interesting info for me. You say she wanted to be queen. I wonder if she realized the risks associated with being the wife of a king like Henry. Thanks for a good hub.

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      Lisa Stover 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks Laura, I have always enjoyed history as well and this is one of my favorite time periods.

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      Laura Tykarski 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Lisa had to give this one an awesome. I love history especially during the early 1500-1800's. Boleyn's story is an interesting one and it appears you have done your research -this was a great read and I found it really interesting.

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      Lisa Stover 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks Annette!

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      Annette Hendley 

      7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Well written Lisa. Always an interesting story.

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      Lisa Stover 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for all the comments and for taking the time to read. I think that she was very political in her moves but ended up becoming a victim when the king became tired of her. I don't believe the accusations against her, and the king ended up marrying her lady in waiting after Anne's death.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      Great hub. Thanks for sharing this very interesting historical info with us. Too little too late...they decided AFTER her death she was a victim. O my. How sad. And that happens today in our judicial system...a bit of a stretch of an analogy perhaps..but innocent people go to death row, die there, and years later are found to be innocent.

      Sending Angels to you today :) ps

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      Kayla Hancock 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Great hub! I read The Other Boleyn girl and really got into it. You did a really good job summing it all up for someone interested but without the time to read a whole book. voted up!

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 

      7 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      Very interesting. I enjoyed reading about her life. Months ago I watched a movie about her. I think she was a victim as king had the habit of dumping women before her (her sister and queen catherine).

      voting up and sharing.

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      Sneha Sunny 

      7 years ago from India

      She may be a victim. After reading about the king dumping the queen for her, I can guess that. He could do it again and to get rid of her he intentionally did that. But then she may not be a victim, and that she did planned something against the king, scared of being dumped by him and losing the crown of queen!

      Interesting read! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      7 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks Mhatter99, it's always nice to hear from you :) Plus I've been fascinated with Anne Boleyn since 8th grade history so I'm happy that someone else finds her life interesting too.

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Well researched.Thank you for your hard work.


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