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

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Five men were arrested, convicted, and executed in connection with the investigation into Anne Boleyn.

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In his quest to have Anne Boleyn quickly dispatched so he could be free to marry Jane Seymour, King Henry also ended the lives of five innocent men. Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, and Anne’s brother Lord Rochford were arrested and convicted of adultery with the Queen. Sir Thomas Wyatt, the famous poet, was also arrested but later released from imprisonment. The men who stood accused were well-known for their illicit behavior, which made the accusations seem more credible. Lord Rochford’s own wife Jane Parker testified against her husband, perhaps out of anger over his infidelity. All five men were executed just days before Anne’s execution.

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