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

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Anne Boleyn initially played hard to get when it came to King Henry.

 

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During his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, King Henry was known to keep mistresses. When Anne Boleyn caught his eye, he pursued her relentlessly with the goal of making her one of his several mistresses at the time. But Anne had different plans. She rebuked his advances and had no desire to be a mere mistress of the King — she wanted marriage. She refused to sleep with him and regularly encouraged him to end his marriage to Catherine so they could be together properly. Henry was quite under Anne’s spell and went to great lengths to have his marriage to Catherine annulled, thus paving the way for Anne to take her place.

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