Few figures of British history are as well known in modern society as are the figures of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn. Both were intriguing people in their own regard and the secret romance between them, which in turn became a ‘legitimate’ marriage, had an enormous effect on the political scene of their day. Henry had been crowned king directly after his eighteenth birthday in 1509. At the same time, Henry chose to marry Catherine of Aragon and make her his queen. As his reign matured, Catherine gave birth to several children, all of whom were...

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