Boleyn, Anne

 Born     Born At  
 Exec.  19 May 1536   Buried At  
 Father  Boleyn, Thomas (1st Earl of Wiltshire)   Mother  Howard, Elizabeth
Anne was the daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn. Her elder sister Mary had become the mistress of Henry VIII. Henry's attentions turned to Anne but she was not happy to be just his mistress, she wanted to be his wife. Henry was still married to Catherine of Aragon but their marriage had broken down because Catherine could not provide the King with a male heir. Henry wanted the Pope to declare that the marriage to Catherine was invalid, mainly because Catherine had been married to his late brother and in the Bible this was seen as a sin. Henry and Anne were married in January of 1533. Anne gave birth to their first child in September of the same year. The child, called Elizabeth, was a girl much to Henry's dismay but the child was healthy and Henry felt sure that Anne would give him the son he needed. Anne then had a series of stillborn births and finally she had a premature birth in January of 1536 when she was informed that Henry had fallen from his horse and was seriously injured. Henry lost interest in Anne and looked for a way to end the marriage. Anne was accused of adultery and was executed for treason. Elizabeth, her daughter, would later become Elizabeth I, Queen of England.

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Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1527   Henry VIII meets Anne Boleyn
 Anne Boleyn came to the attention of Henry VIII. Anne was a lady-in-waiting for Queen Catherine and the sister of Mary Boleyn who was at the time the mistress of Henry VIII. Henry became besotted by Anne.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
 Jun 22  Henry VIII declares his marriage invalid
 Henry VIII told Catherine of Aragon that their marriage was invalid because she had earlier been married to his brother Arthur. Anne Boleyn, who Henry had become besotted with, wanted Henry to divorce Catherine and to marry her.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
1533 Jan 25  Marriage to Anne Boleyn
 Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn at Whitehall Palace on or around the 25th of January. Anne was expecting a child which Henry and Anne hoped would be a boy.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
 Spring  Act of Succession
 A statute passed by Parliament called the 'Act of Succession' declared that Mary Tudor was illegitimate and not Henry's heir because the marriage between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon was void. This meant that children of Henry and Anne Boleyn would be the true heirs to the English throne.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
 May 23  Marriage to Catherine of Aragon declared illegal
 Thomas Cranmer declared that the marriage between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon was illegal and was annulled. The marriage between Henry and Anne Boleyn could then be formalised. 
 May 23  Marriage to Catherine of Aragon declared illegal
 Thomas Cranmer declared that the marriage between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon was illegal and was annulled. The marriage between Henry and Anne Boleyn could then be formalised. 
 May 28  Marriage to Anne Boleyn declared legal
 Thomas Cranmer declared that the marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was legal. 
 May 28  Marriage to Anne Boleyn declared legal
 Thomas Cranmer declared that the marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was legal. 
 Jun 1  Coronation of Anne Boleyn
 Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
 Sep 7  Birth of Elizabeth to Anne Boleyn
 Anne gave birth to Elizabeth a healthy girl at Greenwich Palace. Henry had hoped they would have a boy to ensure the continuation of the Tudor line.

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
 Dec  Princess Elizabeth moved to Hatfield
 Princess Elizabeth was moved from Greenwich, London to Hatfield were she was looked in the household of Lady Bryan. [1]

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
1536 Jan 29  Anne Boleyn loses a son
 Anne had a premature birth resulting in a stillborn child and the child was a boy. The failure to give Henry a son meant the end of her marriage to the king. Henry needed a new wife who could give him a male heir and he had his eye on Jane Seymour.[1]

Episode: Henry VIII and his Six Wives  
 May 2  Anne Boleyn arrested
 Anne Boleyn was arrested at Greenwich after the May-Day jousting tournament on the order of Henry VIII. 
 May 19  Execution of Anne Boleyn
 Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, was executed for treason and adultery at the Tower of London.

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