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

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Anne and Henry had a shotgun wedding.

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Despite vowing to remain chaste and not sleep with King Henry, it appears as though Anne Boleyn was unable to stop herself before the wedding, and she became pregnant in early 1533. After six years of a clandestine relationship with Henry still legally married to Catherine, Henry and Anne secretly wed in a small ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer. Henry’s marriage to Catherine wasn’t declared invalid until the following year. So on top of being an all-around jerk, Henry was a bigamist as well. Interestingly enough, even though he slept with his wife’s sister, he accused Catherine of incest because she was previously married to his brother.

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