Born: c. 1507
Died: 19 May 1536 (execution by beheading)
Best known as: The beheaded wife of Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII
of England and mother of the future Queen Elizabeth I
. A former lady-in-waiting for Henry's sister Mary Tudor, Anne Boleyn married the king in 1533 after his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon
was annulled by Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer
. (Henry and Anne were married secretly first, then publicly in 1534.) Princess Elizabeth was born later that year. Henry VIII was desperate for a male heir, and by 1536 the king had grown disenchanted with Boleyn; she was charged with adultery and treason, imprisoned in the Tower of London, and then beheaded on 19 May 1536. Shortly before dying she made a now-famous quip: "I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck."
Anne Boleyn’s date of birth is unknown, but generally agreed to be sometime between 1501 and 1507… According to legend, Anne Boleyn had a small sixth finger on one hand; most modern historians believe that is not true. She may have had a prominent mole or other protrusion which was exaggerated over time… Anne Boleyn was played by Natalie Portman in the 2008 film The Other Boleyn Girl; Eric Bana played Henry VIII.
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