Born in 1501 (presumably) this infamous Queen has sparked a lot of controversy. Born to Thomas Boleyn (later the Earl of Wiltshire) and Lady Katherine Howard; Anne was from the start destined to achieve great things. Her fiery ambition propelled her to study abroad in the Netherlands and become one of the maids of honour of Queen Claude of France. After some years passed and her upbringing deemed fit for a lady suitable for the court of England, she sailed back and joined the court of Queen Katherine of England, formerly Katherine of Aragon. The charms of her sister, Mary Boleyn, had won over the king and secured a place for her as his mistress for a short period of time until he quickly tired of her, as many of his affairs resulted in. She quickly took notice of this and knew not to repeat the mistake her sister committed when the King started to show favour toward her. Proclaiming that her chastity and reputation were vital to her and her soul, she dared not sleep with the lustful king. This resulted in the King harbouring a greater amount of devotion and affection toward her. She now secured a powerful place in the heart of the most powerful man in England, and yet she did not give up her chastity to him. Proclaiming that the only way that she would do so would be if he agreed to cement their unity in marriage. The monumental and distressful divorce of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon took a wearisome seven years to finalise and place Anne on the throne of England. It was never said that Anne married Henry for love, for the love he harboured for her greatly surpassed the amount she held for him. For she would at time be in such a rage and tantrums that would cause the King to weep and plead to her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, to please intercede on his behalf and beg her to forgive him. The time when Anne controlled Henry quickly passed as the progressed in their marriage life. For he quickly found her antics and jealous fits tiresome and the lack of a male heir exasperated him even further. She gave birth to the daughter who would one day become Queen Elizabeth I on September 7th, 1533. She would not have another child. This was a devastating blow to Henry, who desperately desired a son to seal the place of the House of Tudor on the throne of England. Due to this, Henry began to stray sexually and began to show favour to one of the Queen’s maid of honour, Jane Seymour. This made Anne furious and she made no attempt to mask the anger toward Henry, and thus he became even more estranged from his delirious wife. After two years, the marriage came to its breaking point, making Henry consult his advisors in ways that he could be rid of Anne. They knew another divorce wasn’t an option so they resulted in making ludicrous accusations in hopes of bestowing her a grim fate. On May 2nd, 1536, Anne was arrested and sent to the Tower of London; where she resided in the Queen’s apartments, the place where she had slept in the previous days to her coronation. It was finally decided that she would be found guilty of incest and treason among other things. There had been claims of witchcraft because she had many moles covering her body and what appeared to be an extra finger. The sentence for this accusations would be either decapitation or burning at the stake, of which they would settle on decapitation. Anne took her fate in a somber mood at first but later joked that thank God she had a thin neck. On May 19th, 1536, she embarked on the scaffold. She looked peaceful, almost gleeful. It is recorded that Anne was awaiting death in the most calm expression, even happily. Just awaiting for it to liberate her.