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The Six Wives of Henry VIII
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Anne Boleyn | 1501?-1536
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nne had many siblings, but only two of them reached adulthood: her older sister Mary and younger brother George. Her brother George was ambitious like his father, Thomas Boleyn, but his close relationship with Anne would lead to his downfall (see Ultimate Fate). Mary's affairs with King Francis and others at the French court (where she was also a maid-of-honor to Queen Mary) had gained her the reputation of "the most infamous whore," according to contemporary chroniclers. She later enjoyed a passionate relationship with King Henry, too. (see Catherine of Aragon, Love Life) Mary's experience served as a lesson for Anne -- her reputation was unsullied when she entered the English court and, when her affair with Henry VIII began, she was determined to become more than another royal mistress.
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