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10 Shocking Secrets You Didn’t Know About Anne Boleyn’s Grisly Death

Step back into Year 6 History.

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Everybody knows about Henry VIII and his merciless conquest of women unfortunate enough to become his wife. Kids are taught from a young age the rhyme ‘Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived’. For most, it’s the only thing they remember about history from primary school.

The most interesting wife he had was Anne Boleyn, and she was the first of his ladies to lose her head. Over the years she was blessed by delightful nicknames such as ‘concubine', 'whore' and 'charlatan', amongst other things (Personal favourite is ‘The Scandal of Christendom’). In essence, she was slut-shamed by people who didn’t like her. Thankfully, civilisation has evolved since those times.

But how did this hatred lead to her death and what went wrong for the woman that had originally turned Henry VIII into a lovesick puppy? Let's attempt to set the scene before her gruesome death: Henry had formed his own church so that he could marry Anne; after marriage they had a baby girl but no boy; Henry got bored of her and found a new lover. All while this went on, Anne ticked off a lot of people, and she was conveniently found guilty of adultery and lost her head.

Though that scene setting was an insult to Tudor history, it provides all necessary information for you to enjoy this article…

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