Anne Boleyn is beheaded

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Historical Context Note

Queen Anne Boleyn is sent to the Tower of London, charged with adultery, incest and treason. Henry VIII had long struggled to be able to make her his wife, and she had only been officially crowned queen three years earlier. However, her apparent inability to produce the desired son and heir had angered Henry, and a miscarriage in January 1536 appears to have been the end of his attempts to pursue a long-term marriage with her. The King had already had his new mistress Jane Seymour moved into royal quarters, and on 14th May, Cranmer declared Anne's marriage to Henry to be dissolved.

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Editors. "Anne Boleyn is beheaded". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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