The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Anne Boleyn | 1501?-1536
King Vs. Queen
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he king had waited more than six years to be with Anne, but it would not be long after his marriage that the king, as Chapuys, the Spanish ambassador would remark, would be "sick and tired of that she-devil".

There were several reasons. Though

Anne and Henry

Anne was obstinate and assertive, it was her inability to bear male heirs that most distressed the king. After Anne's second stillbirth in 1536, Henry, convinced she could not bear him sons, confided to his advisor Thomas Cromwell that "he had made this marriage seduced by her witchcraft."

International power politics also played a role in Anne's downfall. Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was eager to ally himself with Henry now that his relations with King Francis I of France had gone awry. Anne, whose title was never recognized by Charles V, was pro-French and stood in the way of a possible alliance.

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Intro Background Why choose this wife? Role as queen King vs. queen Love Life Children Ultimate fate