Courtesy of Biography

184: Anne Boleyn

English Queen and the Second Wife of Henry VIII—She Also Holds the Distinction of Being the First Wife He Beheaded (the Second was Her Cousin Catherine Howard)

Born: c.1501, Blickling, England (Modern-day United Kingdom)

Died: 19 May 1536, The Tower Green, Tower of London, England (Modern-day London, United Kingdom)

She was the mother of Elizabeth I.

The creation of the church of England and Henry tearing England away from the Catholic Church happened literally because Henry wanted to get under Anne’s skirts, and she refused to be his mistress and would only sleep with him once she was his wife.

Her sister Mary had already been one of Henry’s mistresses—so Anne used her ambition to ensure she was more than just another footnote in the history of the king.

However, Henry soon lost interest in Anne after the wedding, and began other affairs. The marriage ultimately failed after Anne suffered a miscarriage and then gave birth to a stillborn baby boy—leaving Henry to get rid of her.

Five months after she had her stillborn son Henry had her committed to the Tower of London on charges of adultery with various men and incest with her own brother.

Seventeen days later she was found guilty and beheaded on the tower green.

There is no evidence to support she ever committed adultery (yet there’s ample evidence on the side of the king). Her death would mark her daughter Elizabeth for the rest of her life.

Badges Earned:
Find a Grave Marked

Located In My Personal Library:

Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar

The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Wier

The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo

Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne

History’s Naughty Bits by Karen Dolby

How They Choked by Georgia Bragg

Kings & Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry

National Geographic History Magazine Article "Anne Boleyn, From Queen of England to the Scaffold" (April/May 2015 Edition)

One Bloody Thing After Another by Jacob F Field

The Other Tudors by Philippa Jones

Powers & Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages by Dan Jones

Sex With the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman

The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser

The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser

Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History's Most Notorious Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon


The books listed above