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

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Her great-grandfather was a successful hatter.

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Geoffrey Boleyn, Anne’s great-great-grandfather, was one of the well-to-do peasants we mentioned above. He could often be found in front of the manorial court, for such infraction as trespassing on his lord’s lands or taking water without paying for it. But he did well enough for himself to be able to set his son, another Geoffrey, up with a hat business in London. Anne’s great-grandfather Geoffrey was very successful, eventually joining Mercer’s Company in 1435 and building a substantial personal fortune. He served as Lord Mayor of London in 1457, and his wife, Anne Hoo was the daughter of a baron.

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