Anne Boleyn

By Wes Weems

The mother of Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn (c. 1501-36) became the second wife of Henry VIII (Elizabeth's father) after Catherine of Aragon in 1536. Anne spent a large amount of time waiting for the end of the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon to end; by the time she was crowned Queen in 1533, she was in her thirties and Henry was beginning to lose interest in her. This was due largely to her failure to produce a male heir. Henry began searching for a way out of his marriage to Anne Boleyn and in May of 1536 Anne was arrested on charges of adultery and incest. She was tried and later executed.