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Today In History: May 19th, 1536

Photo Credit: Robert Alexander / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Robert Alexander / Getty Images

Anne Boleyn is Executed at the Tower of London

May 19, 1536, marks a significant date in English history, as it commemorates the execution of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. Both her rise to power and her demise were controversial. Her life and death continue to captivate historians and storytellers, with her story serving as a testament to the political and religious turmoil of the Tudor era.

Illustration of the execution of Anne Boleyn.
The execution of Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, wife of King Henry VIII, on May 19, 1536. Photo Credit: Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group / Getty Images

Anne Boleyn’s journey to power began as the captivating mistress of King Henry VIII, whose desire for a male heir led to his quest to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Anne’s role in the English Reformation, along with her failure to produce a male heir, ultimately led to her downfall. She was charged with adultery, incest, and treason, allegations that would shape the course of her tragic fate.

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Anne’s trial, presided over by her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, resulted in her conviction despite her steadfast denial of the charges against her. She was executed by beheading, but unlike the usual method of execution by axe, Anne was granted the mercy of a skilled swordsman from France, a privilege reserved for nobility.

While King Henry VIII quickly married Jane Seymour, who bore him the long-awaited male heir, Edward VI, it would be Anne’s daughter, Elizabeth, who would later ascend to the throne as Queen Elizabeth I, becoming one of England’s greatest monarchs.

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