40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better
Speaking of mistresses, King Henry made his rounds with the Boleyn family before marrying Anne.
Anne Boleyn may have played her cards right to end up as Henry’s wife and Queen of England (or played them wrong, depending on your perspective). But she wasn’t the first Boleyn girl to catch Henry’s eye and spend time in his bed. Before Anne hooked up with the King, her sister Mary Boleyn spent about a year as one of his mistresses. She bore two children around this time, leading to gossip that she, and not Anne, actually supplied an heir to the throne (albeit an illegitimate one). However, historians believe that the children actually belonged to her husband, whom she married around the same time.