Portrait of Anne BoleynTudor Queen Anne Boleyn, artist unknown. Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images
Queen of England, Mother of Queen Elizabeth I
Anne Boleyn, for whom King Henry VIII of England put aside his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, was the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. A maid of honor to Henry's sister Mary and then to his first wife, Anne Boleyn secretly married Henry first, then more openly on January 25, 1533. She was pregnant twice more: one miscarriage or stillbirth and another miscarriage. But she did not produce the hoped-for male heir for Henry.
Anne Boleyn's marriage to Henry VIII led to the separation of the English church from Rome, so that Henry could get his divorce.02of 07
Anne Boleyn EngravingAnne Boleyn engraving, from a portrait. Getty Images / Hulton Archive
Portrait of Anne Boleyn during her marriage to Henry VIII. She was tried, convicted and executed for adultery. The charges included adultery with her brother, who was also executed. Henry married Jane Seymour less than two weeks after Anne's execution.03of 07
Anne Boleyn by HolbeinAnne Boleyn, by Hans Holbein the Younger (disputed). Getty Images/Stock Montage
Engraving based on a portrait of Anne Boleyn, second queen consort of Henry VIII of England.
The original painting is attributed, with some dispute, to Hans Holbein the Younger.04of 07
Anne BoleynQueen Consort of Henry VIII Anne Boleyn, Queen Consort of Henry VIII. © 2011 Clipart.com
Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. He divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, to marry Anne.05of 07
Henry VIII and Anne BoleynHenry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Getty Images / Hulton Archive
An artist's conception of Henry VIII and his second queen consort, Anne Boleyn, in happier times.06of 07
Anne Boleyn in the Tower of LondonPainting by Édouard Cibot, Musée Rolin, Autun Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images
This painting depicting Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London dates to the 19th century.07of 07
Anne Boleyn by Hans Holbein the YoungerAnne Boleyn by Hans Holbein the Younger. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images
This image of a "unknown lady" is thought to be of Anne Boleyn.
Found in the collection of the Royal Collection, London.