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

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Anne’s death was untimely, but she nearly lost her life before Henry had her executed.

David Wilkie Wynfield

The sweating sickness was believed to be a type of influenza that plagued England during the Tudor period. It spread swiftly and killed otherwise healthy young people. It also terrified King Henry. In June 1528, one of Anne’s ladies-in-waiting died of the sickness, prompting Henry to flee the castle and order his wife Anne to Kent. It sounds like an awful thing to do, but Anne was indeed infected, and she and her father both battled the illness. Henry, chivalrous as he was, sent his second-best doctor to attend to Anne and her father. They both survived, and were lucky to do so. Sweating sickness took the lives of many members of the court.

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