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

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While serving in the Queen’s household, Anne caught the eye of another suitor (not the King yet!).

Anthony Van Dyck

Anne Boleyn nearly missed the chance to be Queen several times before marrying Henry. You’ve got to wonder how her life might have turned out had one of these other avenues panned out! While serving in the Queen’s household, Anne caught the eye of a young suitor named Henry Percy. Percy was the heir to the Earl of Northumberland. He began to seek Anne out, and according to a contemporary of Percy’s, the two nurtured a secret love and even had plans to marry. Juicy. However, fate intervened, and the relationship ended after Cardinal Wolsey berated Percy for trying to marry beneath his status. Anne was banished from the Queen’s household for a time following the end of the relationship.

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