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Anne Boleyn execution in Tudor era

Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII in the 15th century. She served as the queen of England in the 1530’s and was a person with strong opinions. It is said that King Henry VIII fell out of love with Anne because she couldn’t bear him a male child. However, Anne was accused of adultery and incest and arrested so that the king could remarry.

Life of Anne Boleyn before execution


Anne Boleyn was one of the most admired ladies of the court. Henry VIII couldn’t resist Anne’s charm that he was almost drawn towards her even though he was married to Queen Catherine. Catherine, his first wife could not bear a son throughout the duration of their marriage and this made Henry VIII all the more desperate to have Anne.

Anne Boleyn execution in Tudor era

When Anne gave birth in 1533, the king was disappointed but still had hopes that Anne would bear him a son. After giving birth to a still child in 1536, Henry VIII realized Anne’s inability to bear him a son and so went ahead to marry Anne’s maid-of-honour Jane Seymour.

Why was Anne Boleyn Executed?

Over the years there have been many theories and rumors stating the reason behind Anne Boleyn’s execution. She was committed of treason, adultery, and incest by the court. However, it is said that none of the charges were to be true. It is also said that Henry VIII wanted to get rid of Anne Boleyn because he had fallen in love with Jane Seymour which is true.

Anne Boleyn Short Biographay from National Portrait gallery
Anne Boleyn Short Biography from National Portrait Gallery

But it still isn’t evident if Henry VIII was behind these conspiracies. One of the other reasons why Henry wanted to leave was because Henry needed a son and Anne had only given him a daughter and had miscarried twice. Anne was also convicted of sleeping with 5 men, including her brother.

Conspiracy for execution of Anne Boleyn

In order to remarry, Henry VIII had to get his marriage with Anne annulled. A conspiracy was made against Anne and she was accused of treason. Anne was held and tried in the Lieutenant’s Lodgings and not in The Queen’s House. Anne was unanimously convicted by a court of peers, and Henry’s marriage to Anne was annulled and declared invalid.

Henry VIII

The very next day Anne was taken to Tower Green in London for her execution. On 19th May Anne was led from her quarters to Tower Green where spared the ax, she was granted the ‘mercy’ of beheading by a French swordsman and is buried in the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula inside the Tower of London.


Who Succeeded Anne Boleyn after execution?

Jane Seymour was the third wife of Henry VIII who succeeded Anne Boleyn after her execution. She was the Queen of England from 1536 to 1537.

Queen Jane Seymour was the one who succeeded in giving birth to an heir to the Crown – Prince Edward, who later succeeded his father to the English throne as King Edward VI.

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