King Henry VIII is the best-known of the English Kings, a man who turned from a glittering renaissance prince to a feared, fat, tyrant. He is also well-known for being the only King with more wives than mistresses, clocking up an astonishing 6 marriages.
So who were the women King Henry VIII married? Read on to find out the crucial facts about Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, the woman who caused a King to set up his own Church and break with Rome.
Name: Anne Boleyn, Anna Boleyn, Nan Bullen, Anna Bolina
Parents: Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard, daughter of the Duke of Norfolk
Birth: Probably born in about 1501 / 2, but could have been born any time from 1500 to 1507. Anne was probably born at Hever Castle in Kent.
Siblings: Mary Boleyn, probably born in about 1499 (very likely to have been older than Anne, The Other Boleyn Girl is fiction, not fact). Mary Boleyn was King Henry VIII's mistress before he met Anne. Mary Boleyn married twice, Sir William Carey and Sir William Stafford, and had two children by each marriage.
George Boleyn, probably born in 1503 or 1504. He became Viscount Rochford when Anne Boleyn rose to the throne. George married Jane Parker, who gave evidence against him when he was charged with incest and treason. He was executed two days before his sister, Anne.
Appearance: Anne Boleyn did not fit the Tudor period's ideal of beauty, which demanded fair hair, blue eyes, and very pale skin. Anne was dark haired, with very dark eyes, and skin described as swarthy, sallow, or dark.
Religion: Anne was interested in the Reformist religion (later to be called Protestant), and appears to have introduced King Henry VIII to a number of reformist works and to influential reform leaders. Thomas Cranmer, who became an influential protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, was the Boleyn family chaplain before he became a bishop.
Marriages: Negotiations took place in 1522 for Anne Boleyn to marry James Butler, an Irish nobleman and Anne's cousin. The marriage did not take place.
In about 1525, Anne Boleyn seems to have secretly agreed to marry Henry Percy, heir to the Earl of Northumberland. Percy's father disapproved, and the couple were separated.
King Henry VIII became interested in Anne Boleyn in about 1526, although she did not become his mistress until shortly before they married. Anne was created Marquess of Pembroke in September 1532, and shortly afterwards it appears Anne became Henry's mistress. They were married in secret in London, and Anne became pregnant. Thomas Cranmer declared in May 1533 that Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon had been unlawful, and annulled it, and on 28th May 1533, stated that King Henry VIII was lawfully married to Anne Boleyn. Anne was crowned Queen of England on 1st June 1533.
Children: Anne's only living child, the future Queen Elizabeth I, was born in 7th September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. Anne Boleyn had two late miscarriages, one in the summer of 1534 and one in January 1536.
Marriage end: On 2nd May 1536, Anne Boleyn was arrested and taken to the Tower of London. She was charged with adultery with 5 men, treason, and incest with her brother, George Boleyn. On 14th May, Archbishop Cranmer annulled the marriage.
Death: On 15th May, Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn were tried at the Tower of London. The judges included their uncle, the Duke of Norfolk. Anne Boleyn was executed on 19th May, in the Tower, and buried in the chapel nearby.
Souces: Death and terror: executions at the Tower of London - http://www.webhistoryofengland.com/?p=86
King Henry VIII and his six wives - love, marriage, and children - http://hubpages.com/hub/King-Henry-VIII-and-his-six-wives---love--marriage--and-children