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Anne Boleyn Timeline

The second wife of Henry VIII who was beheaded
Dates and life events of the woman who changed religion in England
Her rise and fall in the Tudor court
The mother of Queen Elizabeth I
The death of Queen Anne Boleyn

Why was Anne Boleyn famous?
Anne Boleyn was famous as the woman who infatuated King Henry VIII of England who she married and gave birth to his daughter who became Queen Elizabeth I of England. Love turned to hate and Queen Anne was beheaded for the false charges of adultery, incest and treason

Anne Boleyn Timeline

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Short Biography of Anne Boleyn
Date of Birth: Exact date unknown but born in the year 1502
Place of Birth : Blickling Hall, Norfolk, England
Parents: Father - Sir Thomas Boleyn
             Mother: Lady Elizabeth Howard
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Born at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, England



Anne Boleyn and her older sister Mary were sent to France to finish their education



The Field of Cloth of Gold:  A great tournament where King Francis I of France meets King Henry VIII watched by Anne Boleyn



ReturnS to England after 7 years in France

Becomes lady-in-waiting to Queen Catharine of Aragon

March 1: The first documented appearance of Anne Boleyn at the English Court when she was listed amongst the players in a masque

Meets and falls in love with Henry Percy a nobleman who served in Cardinal Wolsey's retinue. The couple become betrothed but are split up by Cardinal Wolsey on the orders of King Henry VIII who wants Anne for himself



Henry VIII has a short affair with Mary Boleyn, the sister of Anne



March 4: Mary gives birth to a son, called Henry, although the baby is not acknowledged by the king

During this year King Henry VIII becomes obsessed with Anne Boleyn



It becomes publicly known that King Henry is seeking a divorce from Queen Catherine of Aragon. Wolsey is tasked with obtaining a divorce from the Pope



Henry VIII dismisses Cardinal Thomas Wolsey following his failure to obtain the divorce



September 1: Anne created Marchioness of Pembroke and accompanies Henry VIII on a State visit to Calais



Becomes pregnant



Thomas Cranmer grants the annulment of the marriage between Queen Catharine of Aragon and King Henry VIII bypassing the Pope

January 25: King Henry VIII marries Anne and is excommunicated by Pope Clement VII

May 29: The coronation of the new Queen

September 7: Gives birth to the daughter of King Henry VIII who later becomes Queen Elizabeth I



Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII is declared Supreme Head of the Church of England

March 23: Parliament passes Act of Succession which decrees that only the children of King Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn are his lawful heirs

July: Gives birth to a stillborn son



Becomes pregnant again but King Henry VIII has already turned his attention to Jane Seymour a lady in waiting



January 7:  Catherine of Aragon dies at Kimbolton Castle

January 29: Queen Anne miscarries

May 2: Queen Anne is arrested and taken to the Tower of London

May 15: Anne is tried for treason, adultery and incest in the Great Hall of the Tower of London

George Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Sir Henry Norris are executed for treason by way of adultery with the Queen

May 19: Queen Anne is executed by beheading on Tower Green and buried in an unmarked grave in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula

May 30: King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour

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