The Second Wives Club: Off With Her Head!

Her story went down in infamy, her name the most familiar among King Henry VIII’s six wives… Anne Boleyn’s life, from mistress to martyr, has enough intrigue to fuel a series of Lifetime movies. Check out this straight-from-the-grave interview with the second Queen Consort:

My name is Anne Boleyn, daughter of Sir Thomas and Lady Elizabeth Boleyn. That’s nobility to you, punk. Some called me a raven-haired beauty, and I don’t like to flatter myself, but… yes, yes, it is true. I had a fair face and more personality in my little finger than most people have in their entire bodies.

My early years were spent being educated in Europe where I played lady-in-waiting to several fine and fancy women, including Queen Claude of France. I later became lady-in-waiting to King Henry’s wife, Catherine of Aragon. But our “love story” isn’t quite ready to begin… my sister, Mary, preceded me in having an affair with Henry. She became his mistress, only to get dumped to the wayside. So when Henry began to pursue me, I wasn’t about to fall into the same trap – I refused to let Henry seduce me without an official proposal…

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 I’ll admit it – Henry’s determination to marry me was flattering. When the Pope refused to give him an annulment, he made himself the head of the Church of England and appointed our family’s chaplain as an Archbishop to get us the religious sway we needed. Henry and I had a secret wedding service, and not long after, I became pregnant. We had the new Archbishop hold a court to officially declare Henry and Catherine’s marriage annulled and ours valid, so I could be crowned Queen! This was the last pin in the coffin for our relationship with Rome – the Pope excommunicated both Henry and the Archbishop, making the separation of the Church of England final.

I was crowned Queen Consort in June of 1533, and I gave birth to my daughter, Elizabeth, later that year. But three miscarriages later, Henry was riled up again by his lack of a male heir. He began plotting to execute me, meanwhile starting up an affair with my lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour! Don’t you dare say “what goes around comes around….”

Queen Anne :

Queen Anne GownThe King had me falsely accused of high treason, adultery, and even incest! What insanity! But there’s no arguing against the King… I was beheaded in May of 1536. Not until my daughter became Queen Elizabeth I was my name cleared – I became known as a martyr and a heroine of the English Reformation (take that, Jane Seymour!).

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