Anne Boleyn may have only been queen of England for three years, but she is one of the country most famous queens. After failing to provide an heir, her husband accused her of witchcraft and treason. Does this make Anne Boleyn one of the most famous witches in history?

Anne began her life at court as a lady in waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon. Though she was not considered to be a great beauty, she was clever and witty and gained several admirers. One of which was Henry Percy, son of the Duke of Northumberland, but he was promised to another and the relationship ended.

Henry VIII first began to notice Anne around 1525, but since her own sister had been scandalized by a relationship with the king, Anne refused his attentions. Her will was only matched by his desire for her and he began seeking an annulment of his current marriage so that he would be free to marry her.

They were eventually married in 1533, but until Henry had declared himself the head of the church so that he could push the annulment through the archbishop. They were married and the birth of Princess Elizabeth soon followed. They both hoped that sons would follow, but this was not to be.

After three miscarriages, Henry's affections for Anne waned. He wanted sons, heirs to his throne, even if it meant marrying again. It was then that he began to plan how to rid himself of a wife that was no longer of any use to him.

The king accused Anne of "bewitching him" and of "charming him". This was his way of explaining the attraction that caused him to separate from the Catholic church and to put his own needs ahead of the needs of England. He also accused her of having many lovers and of having an incestuous relationship with her brother. Some, even her enemies, knew these to be merely fabrications, but there were others that spread the tales of witchcraft. It did help that Anne had been born with six fingers on one hand, a deformity that was considered the mark of a witch.

At her trial, there was little or no talk of witchcraft, but instead the trial focuses on her adulterous and incestuous affairs. She was, of course, found guilty despite the lack of evidence. Anne, her brother, and the four other men accused of having relations with her were sentenced to death.

Anne was beheaded on the morning of May 19, 1536 and buried in an unmarked grave. The final insult to the fallen queen. Her body was later identified and she was at last given a marker.

Years later opinions still differ over Anne Boleyn. Was she an overly ambitious girl? A betrayed wife? Or one of the most famous witches in history?



Source by Dana Michelle Burnett

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