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40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better

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There’s something about tragic figures in history that catches our interest and contributes to our desire to learn as much as we can about their life and the circumstances that led to their oftentimes tragic deaths. We read about them, scour the internet for information, and watch period movies based on their lives. It can be a little hard to relate to someone who lived centuries ago, but there are definitely common themes that continue through time no matter what era you were born into. One of the most fascinating figures we can’t seem to learn enough about is Anne Boleyn. The second wife of King Henry VIII and the Queen of England from 1533-1536, Anne’s story is filled with tragedy and drama. Seriously, it’s a surprise Shakespeare didn’t use Anne’s story for inspiration.

From her humble beginnings to her rise to the throne, Anne Boleyn was a powerful figure in history. There’s no telling how much more she could have transformed the monarchy had her life not been cut short in such a horrific manner. The class system in London as we know it today traces directly back to Anne Boleyn, and even aside from her role as the Queen, there’s so much to admire about her origins, upbringing, and accomplishments. If you’re new to Anne’s story, these tragic facts about her life will give you a glimpse into why we’re still so fascinated by her. If you’re an Anne Boleyn expert, maybe there’s something here you didn’t know yet!

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