Anne Boleyn Research Paper

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Anne Boleyn was the most interesting of Henry VIII’s six wives. Ann Boleyn was not born an important person; her date and place of birth are still disputed. She was very educated for a woman of the time and was even a lady-in-waiting. King Henry was captivated by her, later saying he was bewitched. He was enamored to the point that he composed many love letters to her, some with secret code. Upon separating the papacy, Anne was married to Henry VIII in secret. The marriage was not a productive one, as no sons were born, so Henry looked for another to bear him sons. Henry VIII sought a divorce unsuccessfully, and declared Anne a traitor by adultery, concluding with her declared guilty and sentenced to beheading. This paper…show more content…
Her date and place of birth are disputed. Her date of birth is between 1500 and 1507(Williams 100, Fraizer 115). Her place of birth is believed to be either Blilckling Castle in Norfolk or Heaver Castle in Kent (Fraizer115). She was born to a middle class family, although there were some ties to royal bloodlines on her mother’s side (Williams100-103). Her father was a very charismatic, well- spoken man, fluent in many languages; thusly he was also a loyal servant to the crown. Anne, often referred to as Nan, was very much her fathers’ daughter. She showed much promise as a child, full of charisma and charm. She was sent to France around the age of 13 to be a fille d’honnor, a girl of honor, and continue her education (Fraizer 119). She remained in France until around 1521(Fraizer 121). Anne was called back to England and placed in the court of Catherine of Aragon, the current Queen of England. Anne Boleyn was the talks of an arranged marriage to Sir James Butler. Through no fault or failure of Anne Boleyn, the marriage did not come to be (Fraizer124-125). Anne also draws the attention of Sir Thomas Wyatt and Sir Henry Percy. The first, Sir Thomas Wyatt, was already married, although he was separated at the time (Lacey 73). This romance was short lived. Her courtship by Sir Henry Percy was a different matter altogether, Percy was very much in love with Anne, and it seems the love was returned as…show more content…
He was captivated by her. At this time, the King had been married to Catherine for many years. Anne Boleyn was very aware that King Henry had extramarital affairs. He had relations with Anne’s own sister, Mary Boleyn (Williams). The King wanted Anne to follow in her sisters footsteps, she would not. She did not want to end up cast aside as her sister Mary had been (Williams 107). The King tried very hard to win Anne’s’ favor, through written word in his own hand, gifting jewels, lavish gowns, nothing worked It was at this time the King decided that an annulment from Catherine was needed, as she had produced none of the much desired sons. The Pope did not agree to the annulment. It was proposed to Henry that he separate the Church of England from the Church of Rome, so that is what he did (Williams115-131). King Henry VIII declared himself the head of the Church of England and granted himself a divorce from Catherine. Shortly after, in private ceremony, he was wed to Anne Bolen. The advent of their marriage was made public shortly after, and lavish parties and celebrations followed. It was a mere six months later that she gave birth to a child, a daughter, named Elizabeth (Lacey 136). The birth of Elizabeth, a daughter, not the much desired son which Henry greatly wanted, was the beginning of her falling out of favor with the King. Following that, she did not carry another child to full-term, suffering multiple
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