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

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Before they even married, Henry set Anne up with a Royal title that was typically reserved for a man.

Hans Holbein via Susan Foister Holbein in England, London: Tate: 2006

Before they were married and Anne Boleyn became the Queen, King Henry bestowed upon her a royal title normally reserved for a man. Rather than stay a “lady” (which she was by virtue of her father being an Earl), Anne was given the title of Marquess of Pembroke. A Marquess would be a man, and his wife would be a marchioness. Anne was given the noble title in her own right and didn’t come to it by way of birth or marriage. Henry and Anne were about to embark on a journey to meet with his rival, Francis I of France, and he needed her to have a suitable title that granted her sufficient merit to meet the French king. With her new title, she outranked a lot of the noble males in the kingdom.

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