Ana Bolena – Anne Boleyn
Queen of England 1533-1536
Mother of Elizabeth I
Information about the early years of Anne Boleyn is almost non-existence; her birth has been dated from 1501 to 1507. Although information about her parents is abundant.
Her father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, was named Sir in 1503. He was fluent with the languages, which allowed him to travel through Europe under the King’s orders and be part of important meetings. He was one of the bodyguards that took the Archduchess Margaret to Scotland, and he participated in various meetings with Charles V.
Her mother, Isabel Howard, came from a family of Dukes, although the title had been taken away in 1485, ...view middle of the document...
Queen Catherine hadn’t been able to give birth to a boy, she had had many miscarriage or the babies had died weeks after birth, except for Mary, who was later to become Bloody Mary.
There is not an exact date for the start of the romance between Anne and Henry VIII. There are several letters the King wrote to Anne, but they don’t have a date. In 1528 Anne Boleyn started to be noticed, not as part of the Queen’s court but as a young attractive women.
The King asked the Pope Clement VII for an annulment of his marriage with Catherine. This annulment was based in the fact that Catherine was a widowed before getting married to the King, so she hadn’t been a virgin.
The Pope sent Cardinal Campeggio to London to gather information about the Queen and King. The Cardinal noticed the King was already preparing a wedding with Anne Boleyn; he interviewed the Queen three times. From these interviews he learned that the Queen was a virgin at the moment she married the King. The Pope suggested that Queen Catherine became a nun. With this option she would be having almost the same lifestyle and she would be devoted to God. Catherine didn’t accept.
In 1528 the debate about a religious reform started. Anne got involved in some of them, she even discussed with the King in front of people. By 1531, the debate continued, Anne was scared the reform wouldn’t take place and Henry would go back to Catherine. One year later, the King started to spend more money in Anne, buying her clothes, jewelry and other amusement things. He even named her Marquess of Pembroke. It took King Henry seven years to divorce Catherine of Aragon.
At the beginning...