Facts about Anne Boleyn
Biography Summary: Anne Boleyn was the second wife of King Henry VIII and Queen of England from 1533 until her death in 1536.
Following charges of high treason, she became the first wife of King Henry VIII to be executed by beheading. Anne Boleyn was mother to her only surviving child, the future Queen Elizabeth I of England.
She played a key role in Henry's establishment of the Church of England and his independence from Rome. Anne Boleyn is considered one of the most influential Queens of England.
Anne Boleyn Fact Sheet: Who was Anne Boleyn? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Anne Boleyn, the famous Queen of England and wife of King Henry VIII.
Lifespan: c. 1501/07 – 1536 *** Full Name: Anne Boleyn was also known as Queen Anne Boleyn of England *** Date of Birth (Birthday): Birth date unknown *** Place of Birth: Anne Boleyn was born in either Blickling Hall in Norfolk or at Hever Castle in Kent, England *** Family background: Her father was Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Earl of Ormond *** Early life and childhood: Anne Boleyn grew up and spent the majority of her life in England *** Anne Boleyn was beheaded on May 19, 1536 ***
Anne Boleyn Fact 1: The exact birth date of Anne Boleyn remains uncertain. She's believed to have been born during 1501 or 1507 in either Blickling Hall in Norfolk or at Hever Castle in Kent, England.
Anne Boleyn Fact 8: She was often described as being beautiful and charming. Of average height, she had a slim figure, olive skin, long, straight dark hair and brown eyes. She was known for being bright and enthusiastic, lively and strong-minded. She was also known for being direct and having an awful temper at times.
Anne Boleyn Fact 9: In 1522, she returned to England to marry James Butler who was her cousin and the 9th Earl of Osmond. However, the marriage didn't go ahead as planned and instead, Anne Boleyn became maid of honor to Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII's first wife.
Anne Boleyn Fact 10: Her sister, Mary Boleyn, was one of her future husband's, Henry VIII's, mistresses during the early 1520s. Although never acknowledged by Henry VIII, it is thought that he may have fathered two of Mary's children. In 1534, Mary married a man called William Stafford in secret. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn felt angry about the marriage to this man who was said to be beneath their family. As a consequence of her marriage to William Stafford, Mary was banished from the royal court.
Anne Boleyn Fact 15: On June 1, 1533, Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen on England. She gave birth to their first child on September 7, 1533, a daughter who became the future Queen Elizabeth I of England. Following three miscarriage, Elizabeth was the only surviving child of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Anne Boleyn Fact 16: King Henry VIII of England was desperate for a son and heir. He was very disappointed that Anne Boleyn was unable to bear him with a son. He began a relationship with Jane Seymour in March 1536.
Anne Boleyn Fact 17: In April 1536, Henry VIII had Anne Boleyn investigated for high treason. She was arrested on May 2, 1536 and sent to the Tower of London to appear before a jury of peers. She was accused of many things including incest, adultery and plotting to kill the King. Anne Boleyn was found guilty on May 15, 1536.
Anne Boleyn Fact 18: She was beheaded on May 19, 1536 at the Tower of London in England. Henry VIII arranged for an expert swordsman from France to behead Anne Boleyn. Beheading were usually carried out with an axe. She was the first of Henry VIII's wives to be executed.
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