Trial and Execution of Anne Boleyn

After his marriage to Anne Boleyn - and the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth - Henry VIII decided to look elsewhere for a wife. 

He wanted a son, something which Anne seemed unable to give him.

In this clip from David Starkey's series on the wives of Henry VIII, we learn more about the fate of Anne Boleyn.  During her final days, she lived in the Tower of London - in the very rooms where she had lived while waiting to become Henry's queen.

The speed of her fall is stunning. 

Only 17 days elapsed between the date of:

  • Her arrest (May 2, 1536);
  • Her trial (May 15); and

The King married Jane Seymour on the 30th of May, 1536 (eleven days after Anne's death).

To learn more about Anne's final weeks, consider Bring Up the Bodies by the British writer, Hilary Mantel (published in May, 2012).

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5197stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2020

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Clip from David Starkey's "The Wives of Henry VIII,"  online via YouTube.  Copyright, Channel 4, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.


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