From 1525, King Henry VIII was completely taken with Anne Boleyn, who was servant to his wife Catherine of Aragon. But Anne Boleyn refuses him, she argues that she does not want to lose her virginity and her honesty. And it was probably true, we know that Anne was very concerned with finding a good husband.
Anne Boleyn leaving the court besides undergoing the assiduity of Henry VIII. But hey, we don’t send the king upset, and she continued to answer her fiery letters. The letters we know of her suggest that she undoubtedly is gradually fell in love with the king. And from proof of love to proof of love, Henry ends up proposing to Anne Boleyn to marry him.
To get his first marriage annulled, he asks authorization to Pope Clement VII, who refuses. But Henry VIII does not give up. He wants divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn at any cost. For years, a multitude of emissaries and theologians will gnash their teeth over what is called “the king’s great cause”, his marriage. The Pope ends by saying that it is up to a church court to decide and sends the verdict back to the Greek calendars.
In 1530, the Pope imposes a final refusal on the request for annulment by the King of England. Henry VIII must face the facts: he must replace papal authority. In 1533, he becomes supreme leader of the Church of England. It is the birth of the Anglican Church, an independent sect from Rome that blends elements of Catholicism and Protestantism. A church which is still England’s today.
Anne and Henry: a rapidly declining marriage
The marriage between Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII is then declared void by an English court. And his marriage to Anne Boleyn is formalized. She is crowned 1 June 1533 in Westminster Abbey. Anne Boleyn is soon pregnant and there is no better news for her who had promised to offer a son to the king. She gives birth to a strong baby in September, but it’s a girl. Henry is not hiding his huge disappointment before this child he calls elizabeth. It is the beginning of the end, from there the relationship between Henry VIII and Queen Anne will fall apart.
By 1536, the couple still had no son, and Henry VIII, convinced that this second marriage was cursed by God, like his first, fell in love with a new servant for his wife. Her name is Jeanne Seymour. It is decided, Henry VIII will marry her. He is convinced that it is she who will give him a son, and this time he no longer has a pope to report to.
We imagine Anne Boleyn, not the type to get carried away by the elements, to fight this disgrace. The times when she shows anger probably alternates with times when she tries to be as discreet as possible to try to please the king. But the implacable machine is committed. When you lose the affection of Henry VIII, you don’t win it back.
Dark charges to eliminate him
We want to remove Anne Boleyn from the landscape and quickly. And that’s why, he is accused of adultery with 5 men, including her brother Georges Boleyn, with whom she has always been close. So I tell you, there is none the slightest evidence which might lead one to believe that there might be a grain of truth in these accusations. And between us, given the pressure of recent years to keep the King’s love, it’s hard to imagine Anne Boleyn, who has always been shown to be quite chaste, taking a turn in bed with a number of guys. And even if she wanted to, the risks involved would certainly have stopped her: a king has every right to be unfaithful, his wife has none.
Historians claim: Did Henry VIII initiate these accusations of adultery? Did he want to get rid of his wife so badly that he was ready to pass as a cockerel? Or is it rather the king’s entourage, led by Thomas Cromwell, who orchestrated a plot for political reasons? At least it suits everyone believes these allegations or pretends to believe them.
Anne Boleyn is sentenced to death
The queen’s designated lovers are arrested. All deny, and it is under torture that only one of the party, a musician, ends up pleading guilty. Brought before a court, they were sentenced to death. When Anne Boleyn’s turn comes and she faces justice, she defends herself eloquently, but the dice are loaded: she is sentenced to death by beheading.
On 19 May 1536, barely three years after her marriage, Anne Boleyn was led to her execution. Faced with an English people no doubt impressed to witness the first execution of a queen in its history, she faces her final moments with great dignity. She forgives the executioner, she asks everyone to pray for her. 11 days after his death, Henry VIII married Jane Seymour.