Why was Anne Boleyn executed?I need to know Hnerys reasons for getting rid of her evidence e,g, quotes would be helpful

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I want to also add that there were many reasons leading for all this to happen in the first place.

Seems like Anne had been knitting her own fate since the moment she became Henry's lover. Why? Because she insisted in that she was going to give him that heir that was the primary reason why his marriage frustrations happened with Catherine.

Not only did she fail to produce that first heir, and then had three more miscarriaes 2 of whom were boys, but, in reality, she missed to take notes on her husband's quick run of affections for just about every woman.

Even while married to Anne Boleyn, Henry had affairs galore. He was not one to keep his eggs on one basket unless a woman made it challenging, which is what Anne did at first, and then, well, the challenge was over.

Furthermore, as her attempts to give birth to an heir failed, and his infidelity continued on the rise, came the case of the Suffolk set: A group of courtieres who hated Anne for her beligerant and elitist behavior, and wanted her gone from court.

Hence, the best thing to do was to start rumors about infidelities (which are automatically classified as treason and punishable by death), witchcraft (which came as a result of more rumours regarding one of Anne's miscarriages to be deformed, and her having supposedly a sixth finger), and incest, which would make it further more disgusting to the king, and more easy to get her out of court.

These, whether true or not, were mostly accusations coming from those Anne hating groups, and from the Jane Seymour set as well, (not Jane, but her family) who were as ambitious as the Howards in obtaining the goods of the King.

Hence, the three years of Anne were filled with conspiracy, lechery, treason, gossip, failure, frustration, and since the King will always be the King, he simply opted to get rid of her as his eyes were goggling over Jane Seymour for hopes of an heir again.

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Henry VIII, and his second wife Anne Boleyn, were married in 1533. Though she gave birth to the future Elizabeth I of England, she failed to produce a male heir; and by 1536 he was courting Jane Seymour.

In the spring of 1536, Henry, along with allegations made by Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, had Anne investigated for treason and other crimes such as adultery and incest and found guilty. She was beheaded on May 19, 1536.

Historians consider the charges false and without merit. After the coronation of her daughter, Elizabeth, as queen, Anne was viewed as a martyr and heroine of the English Reformation.

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1536

This morning she sent for me, that I might be with her at such time as she received the good Lord, to the intent I should hear her speak as touching her innocency alway to be clear. And in the writing of this she sent for me, and at my coming she said, "Mr. Kingston, I hear I shall not die aforenoon, and I am very sorry therefore, for I thought to be dead by this time and past my pain ". I told her it should be no pain, it was so little. And then she said, "I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck", and then put her hands about it, laughing heartily. I have seen many men and also women executed, and that they have been in great sorrow, and to my knowledge this lady has much joy in death. Sir, her almoner is continually with her, and had been since two o'clock after midnight.

From a letter from Sir W. Kingston, Constable of the Tower, to Thomas Cromwell, May 19th, 1536. (spelling modernized)


Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best. And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul.

After being blindfolded and kneeling at the block, she repeated several times: To Jesus Christ I commend my soul; Lord Jesus receive my soul.

Recorded by Edward Hall (spelling modernized)


The king and his prosecutors assembled a large number of statements about Anne's infidelity, which shocked observers of the trial. John Husee wrote, "I think verily, if all the books and chronicles ... which against woman hath been penned, contrived, and written since Adam and Eve, those same were, I think, verily nothing in comparison of that which hath been done and committed by Anne the Queen." James Spelman commented, "All the evidence was of bawdery and lechery, so that there was no such whore in all the realm."

Quoted in Margery Stone Schauer and Frederick Schauer, "Law as the Engine of State: The Trial of Anne Boleyn," William and Mary Law Review 22 (1980), p. 68.