The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Catherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Catherine Howard Catherine Parr
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Anne Boleyn | 1501?-1536
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Anne Boleyn

n 1523, while serving in Queen Catherine's household, Anne met Henry, Lord Percy, heir to the Earl of Northumberland. Though already engaged to the daughter of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Percy quickly fell for Anne and secretly put himself under contract to marry her. When Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the king's powerful factotum, heard of the precontract, he rushed to the king with the news. Henry, whose permission was required for all aristocratic marriages, was angered at not being consulted and asked Wolsey to break the engagement. Anne, who never knew of the king's involvement, never forgave Wolsey's interference and when she became Henry's mistress she would seek her revenge by ousting Wolsey from power.

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