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

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The stillbirth of a son set in motion the events that led to the end of Anne Boleyn’s life.

Jan Luyken and Jan Claesz Ten Hoornm, Rijksmuseum

Despite giving Henry a healthy baby girl, the pressure was on Anne to produce a male heir before she was cast aside in favor of a fresh wife who might give Henry a boy. In January 1536, Anne gave birth to a stillborn son who had apparent birth defects. It was this event that finally eroded Henry’s trust in her. He took action to gain control of his legacy. Henry had already settled on Jane Seymour as his next (but not last) wife and began the process of annulling his marriage to Anne Boleyn. To make this happen, he had to pull out all the stops, and Anne was detained and charged with a list of heinous crimes.

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