Anne Boleyn

(1502 to 1536)

In 1509 Henry VIII married his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Catherine was the only child of King Ferdinand of Spain. She was beautiful, intelligent and fun loving.

Catherine had five children, but only one child, Mary, survived. Henry wanted a son who would be King after him.

In 1527 Catherine was too old to have any more children. Henry still wanted a son, so he decided to divorce her. This led to ‘the break with the Church of Rome’ because the Pope, who was Head of the English Church, would not let him divorce Catherine.

Henry VIII divorced Catherine in 1533 and she was banished from the court.