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This is supported by claims of a chronicler from the late 16th century, who wrote that Anne was twenty when she returned from France. There are two independent contemporary sources for the date. Author Gareth Russell wrote a summary of the evidence and relates that Jane Dormer , Duchess of Feria, wrote her memoirs shortly before her death in The former lady-in-waiting and confidante to Queen Mary I wrote of Anne Boleyn: "She was convicted and condemned and was not yet twenty-nine years of age. Anne's great great great-grandparents included a Lord Mayor of London , a duke , an earl , two aristocratic ladies, and a knight.
One of them, Geoffrey Boleyn, had been a mercer and wool merchant before becoming Lord Mayor. Among her relatives, she numbered the Howards , one of the preeminent families in the land; and one of her ancestors included King Edward I of England. Sometimes it was written as Bullen , hence the bull heads which formed part of her family arms.
Anne's early education was typical for women of her class. In , Anne was invited to join the schoolroom of Margaret of Austria and her four wards. Her academic education was limited to arithmetic , her family genealogy , grammar , history, reading, spelling, and writing. She developed domestic skills such as dancing, embroidery, good manners, household management, music, needlework, and singing. Anne learned to play games, such as cards, chess , and dice. She was also taught archery , falconry , horseback riding, and hunting.
During this period, Margaret ruled the Netherlands on her nephew Charles 's behalf and was so impressed with Boleyn that she offered his daughter Anne a place in her household. Ordinarily, a girl had to be twelve years old to have such an honour, but Anne may have been younger, as the Archduchess affectionately referred to her as "la petite Boulin [ sic ]". Ives, op. In France, Anne was a maid of honour to Queen Mary, and then to Mary's year-old stepdaughter Queen Claude , with whom she stayed nearly seven years.
She also acquired knowledge of French culture, dance, etiquette, literature, music, and poetry and came to gain experience in flirtation and the game of courtly love. Marguerite de Navarre was also an author in her own right, and her works include elements of Christian mysticism and reform that verged on heresy, though she was protected by her status as the French king's beloved sister.
She or her circle may have encouraged Anne's interest in reform, as well as in poetry and literature. Eric Ives's latest version of his biography hypotheses that Anne may have had evangelistic conviction and a strong spiritual inner life. William Forrest, author of a contemporary poem about Catherine of Aragon , complimented Anne's "passing excellent" skill as a dancer. Anne had been of average height and she had a slender build with long straight and thick black or dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, a considerably strong nose, a definite wide mouth with slim lips, and an olive complexion.
She was considered to be brilliant, charming, driven, elegant, forthright, and graceful with a keen wit and a lively, opinionated, and passionate personality. Anne was depicted to be "sweet and cheerful" in her youth and she enjoyed cards and dice games, drinking wine, eating French cuisine , flirting, gambling, gossiping, and hearing a good joke.
She was fond of archery, falconry, hunting, and the occasional game of bowls. Yet Anne also had a sharp tongue and a terrible temper. Anne exerted a powerful charm on those who met her, though opinions differed on her attractiveness. The Venetian diarist Marino Sanuto, who saw Anne when Henry VIII met Francis I at Calais in October , described her as "not one of the handsomest women in the world; she is of middling stature, swarthy complexion, long neck, wide mouth, bosom not much raised Lancelot de Carle called her "beautiful with an elegant figure", and a Venetian in Paris in also reported that she was said to be beautiful.
It is said she had a projecting tooth under the upper lip, and on her right hand six fingers. There was a large wen under her chin, and therefore to hide its ugliness she wore a high dress covering her throat She was handsome to look at, with a pretty mouth". Sanders's description contributed to what biographer Eric Ives calls the "monster legend" of Anne Boleyn.
Anne's experience in France made her a devout Christian in the new tradition of Renaissance humanism. Anne knew little Latin and, trained at a French court, she was influenced by an "evangelical variety of French humanism" which led her to champion the vernacular Bible. She sailed from Calais in January Anne was recalled to marry her Irish cousin, James Butler , a young man who was several years older than she and who was living at the English court,  in an attempt to settle a dispute over the title and estates of the Earldom of Ormond.
In Ireland, the great-great-grandson of the 3rd earl, Sir Piers Butler , contested the will and claimed the Earldom himself. He was already in possession of Kilkenny Castle — the ancestral seat of the earls. Sir Thomas Boleyn, being the son of the eldest daughter, felt the title belonged to him and protested to his brother-in-law, the Duke of Norfolk , who spoke to Henry about the matter. Henry, fearful the dispute could be the spark to ignite civil war in Ireland, sought to resolve the matter by arranging an alliance between Piers's son, James, and Anne Boleyn.
She would bring her Ormond inheritance as dowry and thus end the dispute. The plan ended in failure, perhaps because Sir Thomas hoped for a grander marriage for his daughter or because he himself coveted the titles. Whatever the reason, the marriage negotiations came to a complete halt. Mary Boleyn , Anne Boleyn's older sister, had earlier been recalled from France in late , ostensibly for her affairs with the French king and his courtiers.
Henry did not acknowledge either child, as he did his son Henry Fitzroy , his illegitimate son by Elizabeth Blount , Lady Talboys. All wore gowns of white satin embroidered with gold thread. The American historian Retha M. Warnicke writes that Anne was "the perfect woman courtier A remarkable, intelligent, quick-witted young noblewoman In short, her energy and vitality made her the center of attention in any social gathering. Scarisbrick adds that Anne "revelled in" the attention she received from her admirers. During this time, Anne was courted by Henry Percy , son of the Earl of Northumberland , and entered into a secret betrothal with the young man.
Thomas Wolsey's gentleman usher, George Cavendish , maintained the two had not been lovers. If Cavendish is to be believed, their relationship was celibate. Cardinal Wolsey refused the match for several conjectured reasons. According to Cavendish, Anne was sent from court to her family's countryside estates, but it is not known for how long.
Upon her return to court, she again entered the service of Catherine of Aragon. Percy was married to Lady Mary Talbot , to whom he had been betrothed since adolescence. In , Wyatt married Elizabeth Cobham, who by many accounts, was not a wife of his choosing.
In , Wyatt accompanied the royal couple to Calais in France. This may have been how she caught the eye of Henry, who was also an experienced player. But within a year, he proposed marriage to her, and she accepted. Both assumed an annulment could be obtained within a matter of months. There is no evidence to suggest that they engaged in a sexual relationship until very shortly before their marriage; Henry's love letters to Anne suggest that their love affair remained unconsummated for much of their seven-year courtship. It is probable that the idea of annulment not divorce as commonly assumed had suggested itself to Henry much earlier than this and was motivated by his desire for an heir to secure the Tudor claim to the crown.
Before Henry's father Henry VII ascended the throne, England was beset by civil warfare over rival claims to the crown and Henry wanted to avoid a similar uncertainty over the succession. He and Catherine had no living sons: all Catherine's children except Mary died in infancy. Since Spain and England still wanted an alliance, a dispensation was granted by Pope Julius II on the grounds that Catherine was still a virgin. The marriage of Catherine and Henry took place in , but eventually he became dubious about its validity, due to Catherine's inability to provide an heir being seen as a sign of God's displeasure.
His feelings for Anne, and her refusals to become his mistress, probably contributed to Henry's decision that no Pope had a right to overrule the Bible. This meant that he had been living in sin with Catherine of Aragon all these years, though Catherine hotly contested this and refused to concede that her marriage to Arthur had been consummated. It also meant that his daughter Mary was a bastard, and that the new Pope Clement VII would have to admit the previous Pope's mistake and annul the marriage. Henry's quest for an annulment became euphemistically known as the " King's Great Matter ".
Anne saw an opportunity in Henry's infatuation and the convenient moral quandary. She determined that she would yield to his embraces only as his acknowledged queen. She began to take her place at his side in policy and in state, but not yet in his bed. Scholars and historians hold various opinions as to how deep Anne's commitment to the Reformation was, how much she was perhaps only personally ambitious, and how much she had to do with Henry's defiance of papal power. There is anecdotal evidence, related to biographer George Wyatt by her former lady-in-waiting Anne Gainsford ,  that Anne brought to Henry's attention a heretical pamphlet, perhaps Tyndale 's " The Obedience of a Christian Man " or one by Simon Fish called "Supplication for Beggars," which cried out to monarchs to rein in the evil excesses of the Catholic Church.
She was sympathetic to those seeking further reformation of the Church, and actively protected scholars working on English translations of the scriptures. According to Maria Dowling , "Anne tried to educate her waiting-women in scriptural piety" and is believed to have reproved her cousin, Mary Shelton , for "having 'idle poesies' written in her prayer book. Further, the most recent edition of Ives 's biography admits that Anne may very well have had a personal spiritual awakening in her youth which spurred her on, not just as catalyst but expediter for Henry's Reformation, though the process took a number of years.
In , sweating sickness broke out with great severity. In London , the mortality rate was great and the court was dispersed. Henry left London, frequently changing his residence; Anne Boleyn retreated to the Boleyn residence at Hever Castle, but contracted the illness; her brother-in-law, William Carey, died. Henry sent his own physician to Hever Castle to care for Anne,  and shortly afterwards, she recovered. It soon became the one absorbing object of Henry's desires to secure an annulment from Catherine. In William Knight , the King's secretary, was sent to Pope Clement VII to sue for the annulment of his marriage to Catherine, on the grounds that the dispensing bull of Pope Julius II permitting him to marry his brother's widow, Catherine, had been obtained under false pretences.
Henry also petitioned, in the event of his becoming free, a dispensation to contract a new marriage with any woman even in the first degree of affinity, whether the affinity was contracted by lawful or unlawful connection. This clearly referred to Anne. In the end he had to return with a conditional dispensation, which Wolsey insisted was technically insufficient. But the Pope never had empowered his deputy to make any decision. Convinced that Wolsey's loyalties lay with the Pope, not England, Anne, as well as Wolsey's many enemies, ensured his dismissal from public office in George Cavendish , Wolsey's chamberlain, records that the servants who waited on the king and Anne at dinner in in Grafton heard her say that the dishonour that Wolsey had brought upon the realm would have cost any other Englishman his head.
Henry replied, "Why then I perceive Public support remained with Queen Catherine. One evening in the autumn of , Anne was dining at a manor house on the river Thames and was almost seized by a crowd of angry women. Anne just managed to escape by boat. When Archbishop of Canterbury William Warham died in , the Boleyn family chaplain, Thomas Cranmer , was appointed, with papal approval. In , Thomas Cromwell brought before Parliament a number of acts including the Supplication against the Ordinaries and Submission of the Clergy , which recognised royal supremacy over the church, thus finalising the break with Rome.
Following these acts, Thomas More resigned as Chancellor , leaving Cromwell as Henry's chief minister. Even before her marriage, Anne Boleyn was able to grant petitions, receive diplomats and give patronage, and had enormous influence over her future husband to plead the cause of foreign diplomats. The ambassador from Milan wrote in that it was essential to have her approval if one wanted to influence the English government, a view corroborated by an earlier French ambassador in During this period, Anne Boleyn played an important role in England's international position by solidifying an alliance with France.
She established an excellent rapport with the French ambassador, Gilles de la Pommeraie. Anne and Henry attended a meeting with the French king at Calais in winter , in which Henry hoped to enlist the support of Francis I of France for his intended marriage. On 1 September , Henry granted her suo jure the Marquessate of Pembroke , an appropriate peerage for a future queen;  as such she became a rich and important woman: the three dukes and two marquesses who existed in were the King's brother-in-law, the King's illegitimate son, and other descendants of royalty; she ranked above all other peeresses.
The Pembroke lands and the title of Earl of Pembroke had been held by Henry's great-uncle,  and Henry performed the investiture himself. Anne's family also profited from the relationship. Her father, already Viscount Rochford, was created Earl of Wiltshire. Henry also came to an arrangement with Anne's Irish cousin and created him Earl of Ormond. At the magnificent banquet to celebrate her father's elevation, Anne took precedence over the Duchesses of Suffolk and Norfolk, seated in the place of honour beside the King which was usually occupied by the Queen.
The conference at Calais was something of a political triumph, but even though the French government gave implicit support for Henry's remarriage and Francis I himself held private conference with Anne, the French King maintained alliances with the Pope which he could not explicitly defy. Soon after returning to Dover , Henry and Anne married in a secret ceremony on 14 November Events now began to move at a quick pace.
On 23 May , Cranmer who had been hastened, with the Pope's assent, into the position of Archbishop of Canterbury recently vacated by the death of Warham sat in judgement at a special court convened at Dunstable Priory to rule on the validity of the King's marriage to Catherine of Aragon. He thereupon declared the marriage of Henry and Catherine null and void.
Five days later, on 28 May , Cranmer declared the marriage of Henry and Anne to be good and valid. Catherine was formally stripped of her title as queen and Anne was consequently crowned queen consort on 1 June in a magnificent ceremony at Westminster Abbey with a banquet afterwards. Unlike any other queen consort, Anne was crowned with St Edward's Crown , which had previously been used to crown only a monarch. In accordance with tradition she wore white, and on her head a gold coronet beneath which her long dark hair hung down freely. Meanwhile, the House of Commons had forbidden all appeals to Rome and exacted the penalties of praemunire against all who introduced papal bulls into England.
It was only then that Pope Clement at last took the step of announcing a provisional sentence of excommunication against the King and Cranmer. He condemned the marriage to Anne, and in March , he declared the marriage to Catherine legal and again ordered Henry to return to her. In late parliament declared Henry "the only supreme head on earth of the Church of England".
On 14 May , in one of the realm's first official acts protecting Protestant Reformers , Anne wrote a letter to Thomas Cromwell seeking his aid in ensuring that English merchant Richard Herman be reinstated a member of the merchant adventurers in Antwerp and no longer persecuted simply because he had helped in "setting forth of the New testament in English. After her coronation, Anne settled into a quiet routine at the King's favourite residence, Greenwich Palace , to prepare for the birth of her baby.
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The child was born slightly prematurely on 7 September Between three and four in the afternoon, Anne gave birth to a girl, who was christened Elizabeth , probably in honour of either or both Anne's mother Elizabeth Howard and Henry's mother, Elizabeth of York. All but one of the royal physicians and astrologers had predicted a son for them and the French king had already been asked to stand as his godfather. Now the prepared letters announcing the birth of a prince had an s hastily added to them to read princes[s] and the traditional jousting tournament for the birth of an heir was cancelled.
Nevertheless, the infant princess was given a splendid christening, but Anne feared that Catherine's daughter, Mary , now stripped of her title of princess and labelled a bastard , posed a threat to Elizabeth's position. Henry soothed his wife's fears by separating Mary from her many servants and sending her to Hatfield House , where Princess Elizabeth would be living with her own sizeable staff of servants, and where the country air was thought better for the baby's health. The new queen had a larger staff of servants than Catherine.
There were more than servants to tend to her personal needs, everyone from priests to stable-boys, and more than 60 maids-of-honour who served her and accompanied her to social events. She also employed several priests who acted as her confessors , chaplains, and religious advisers. One of these was Matthew Parker , who would become one of the chief architects of Anglican thought during the reign of Anne's daughter, Elizabeth I. The king and his new queen enjoyed a reasonably happy accord with periods of calm and affection.
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