Queen Anne Boleyn Arrested for Adultery, Incest, Treason, Witchcraft

Queen Anne Boleyn Arrested for Adultery, Incest, Treason, Witchcraft

Anne Boleyn
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Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and second wife of King Henry VIII of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft. She hasn't actually committed any of these acts, but rather is being charged for what she hasn't done: give birth to a son.

King Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon and married Anny Boleyn largely because of Catherine's failure to have a son. Anne's similar failure to have a son has put her life in grave danger. The fact that she isn't completely submissive and obedient to Henry doesn't help.

Few, it seems, will mourn her passing. William E. Burns writes in A Brief History of Great Britain:

"Anne Boleyn became one of the most hated women in England, as many English women identified with the cause of Queen Catherine, seeing the Spanish queen as a wronged but faithful wife as well as a champion of the traditional religion of England.

Anne, too, failed to produce a son and heir for Henry, although like Catherine she did have a daughter, Elizabeth, who would eventually ascend the throne."


The Execution of Anne Boleyn

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