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Descendant's report for Anne Tudor [Boleyn], Queen Consort, Anne of England, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Lady Elizabeth Boleyn [Howard]

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Anne Boleyn was born circa 1501 at Blickling in Norfolk to the courtier and diplomat Sir Thomas Boleyn and his wife Elizabeth Howard the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. Anne was considered beautiful with dark eyes, long dark hair and a lively personality. At the age of 13 she worked in the French court. Here she worked for Mary, Henry VIII's sister, who had married the king of France. When the king, Louis, died, Mary returned to England. Anne stayed in France as maid-in-honour to the new queen.

In 1522, Anne returned to England and worked for Catherine of Aragon's household. Anne fell for a young man who worked at the court called Henry Percy. She became secretly engaged to Percy - who was already engaged to someone else. The engagement was ended after an intervention by both Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey. Percy was forbidden from ever seeing Anne again and Anne was banned from the Royal Court. However, by 1526 she had caught the eye of Henry who openly wanted her to be his mistress - which she refused to do.
Henry embarked on his plan to divorce Catherine and marry Anne. After seven years of intrigue, plotting and papal confrontation they were married in January 1533, Anne was crowned queen in June 1533 and she gave birth to the future Queen Elizabeth in September. But Anne, now in her early 30's, had a sharp tongue on her and made enemies at court. Most significantly, her next two children were stillborn and Henry had befriended one of her maids of honour - Jane Seymour.

In May 1536, Anne was arrested, charged with treason and held in the Tower of London. Anne was executed on May 19th 1536 and her body was laid to rest in the Chapel of St Vincula at the Tower of London.


See also Hasted's History of Kent published in 1797, Hever Castle and Queen Anne Boleyn published in 1833, Historic Hever - The Church published in 1905 and
Generation No. 1
  1. Anne Tudor [Boleyn], Queen Consort, Anne of England was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Lady Elizabeth Boleyn [Howard]. She was born c 1501 at Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norfolk; died 19th May 1536 at The Tower of London, City of London, executed by beheading, for high treason and alleged adultery; buried after 19th May 1536 at Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower Hill, City of London
  She married Henry VIII Tudor, King of England on 25th Jan 1533 at Westminster Palace, Westminster, London. He was born 28th Jun 1491 at Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, Kent; crowned King Henry VIII of England 21st Apr 1509; coronation 24th Jun 1509; died 28th Jan 1547 at Whitehall Palace, London; buried after 28th Jan 1547 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. They had the following children:
  iElizabeth I who was born 7th Sep 1533 at Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, Kent; christened 10th Sep 1533; died 24th Mar 1603 Richmond, London; buried after 24th Mar 1603 Westminster, London
  iiHenry who was born Aug 1534; died Aug 1534, Stillborn
  iiiUnnamed son who was born 29th Jan 1536 at Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, Kent; died 29th Jan 1536 Greenwich, Kent, Stillborn
   

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