Anne Boleyn on Channel 5: Did Anne Boleyn have a son?
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Anne Boleyn was the Queen of England for three years in the 16th Century after marrying the infamous King Henry VIII. He was notorious for having six wives, getting remarried every few years as he was desperate for a son. So was Anne Boleyn able to provide the King with what he desired?
Did Anne Boleyn have a son?
King Henry VIII was first married to Catherine of Aragon but not long into their marriage, he wanted a change.
In 1526, he started having an affair with Lady Mary, who was the sister of Anne Boleyn.
Through his relationship with Mary, the king met Anne and wanted to be with her but it is widely reported that she originally refused his advances.
He continued to pursue her though and went about getting a divorce from Catherine so he could marry Anne.
The pair ended up getting married in 1533 and later that same year, she gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth I.
Henry was desperate to have a son for an heir so was disappointed with the outcome but still had hope seeing as she was able to get pregnant.
Sadly, it is believed that Anne went on to have three miscarriages after the birth of her daughter.
One of which was a boy, according to some of the records of her pregnancy.
Diplomat Eustace Chapuys reported that Anne had miscarried a ‘male child which she had not borne 3½ months’.
This was backed up by a private note made by Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley who also said about her being pregnant with a son.
The miscarriage happened in early 1536, the same year that she was killed by Henry VIII.
She was found guilty of high treason by a jury in the king’s hall at the Tower of London.
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A few days after being found guilty, she was executed by decapitation on May 19, 1536 and it is thought she was around 35-years-old at the time of her death.
Nearing the end of their marriage, Henry was having an affair with his future third wife Jane Seymour.
So the fact Anne hadn’t given him a son and that he was seeing Jane on the side, led to Henry killing off his second wife.
Jane went on to give Henry a son Edward in 1537, shortly after getting married the previous year.
Anne Boleyn is a three-part drama that unfolds the story of what happened to her in the years leading up to her death.
The drama aired its first episode tonight, Tuesday, June 1 and will show the rest over two consecutive nights.
Anne is portrayed by actress Jodie Turner-Smith who is known for The Last Ship Nightflyers and Queen & Slim.
Anne Boleyn is available to watch on Channel 5.
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