40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better
Anne Boleyn was unable to give Henry a son, which may have been her downfall.
King Henry needed a male heir to inherit the throne, but he had some trouble making them. Catherine of Aragon bore him a daughter and a son who died in infancy, and Anne’s only surviving child with Henry, Elizabeth I, was also not the son he wanted. Anne conceived twice more, but the babies were stillborn both times. It’s believed that Anne’s inability to produce a male heir might have been what turned Henry against her, and started his disillusionment with their marriage. Henry felt as though God was punishing him for the events that led to his marriage to Anne and was denying him a male heir as long as he stayed married to her. Of course, we now know that sperm determines the sex of a baby, so he had only himself to blame.