40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better
Anne Boleyn wasn’t born into royalty.
Anne Boleyn was born in what is now known as Norfolk, England in the year 1501. But unlike many members who’ve belonged to the Royal family, she was no royal-by-blood. Her ancestors were peasants (although fairly well-to-do), thoughÂ her parents were definitely part of the upper-echelons. Her father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, was a courtier and diplomat, and would later go on to become Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond. Her mother, Lady Elizabeth Howard, was the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. Anne spent many of her teenage years as a lady-in-waiting to the French Queen, who was the sister of her future husband, Henry.