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

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Anne Boleyn was originally supposed to marry her distant cousin.

Hans Holbein the Younger

Though her marriage to King Henry was what garnered her a place in history (and cost her her life), Anne Boleyn nearly ended up with a very different life. Upon her return to England in 1522, Anne was set to marry her distant cousin, James Butler. The marriage had been arranged by her father and uncle, both of whom held the title of Earl of Ormond. A marriage between Anne and James would have secured the earldom and kept it within both families. But, perhaps because of poor negotiations, the marriage was called off. James eventually found a place on the King’s court, and Anne ended up joining the Queen’s household.

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