Anne Boleyn Timeline
Timeline Description: Anne Boleyn (1501-1536) was the second wife of Henry VIII, and a well-read woman in her own right. She played a key role in the Protestant Reformation in England, but met her end at the executioner's sword.

Date Event
1501 Birth of Anne Boleyn(1501-1502)

Anne Boleyn was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn (Earl of Ormonde and Wiltshire) and Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard, daughter of the Earl of Surrey). She was the youngest of their three children.
1513 Served Regent Margaret of Austria

At around 12 years old, Anne was sent to Brussels in modern Belgium to serve Regent Margaret of Austria.
1515 Sent to French Court

In 1515, Anne was sent to the French Court to serve the French queen, Queen Claude, wife of Francis I. She remained in the service of Queen Claude for around seven years.
1521 Returned to England

Anne was summoned back to England to marry James Butler. The marriage was arranged by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, but the betrothal was not completed.
1522 Lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon

In early 1522, Anne entered the service of Queen Catherine of Aragon, wife of Henry VIII. This placed her in close proximity to the King, Henry VIII.
March 1, 1522 First Documented Appearance at Court

Anne's first documented appearance at the English court was in March of 1522, when she appeared in a masque, or performance, at the palace. Sometime between 1522 and 1527, Anne became involved with Henry Percy, but the true extent of that involvement is unknown.
1525 King Henry VIII Involved with Mary Boleyn

In 1525, Henry VIII had a brief affair with Anne's older sister Mary. This resulted the birth of at least one child, and possibly two.
1526 Henry VIII Became Enamoured of Anne Boleyn

Around the beginning of 1526, Henry developed an interest in Anne. A number of surviving letters record their relationship. Anne refused to become his mistress, and largely withdrew from court. She made it clear she expected marriage.
1527 The "Great Matter" Became Public

News of Henry VIII's "Great Matter" or his desire to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon became public. Henry's justification for the annulment was his overly close relationship to Catherine; she was his older brother's widow.
1529 Cardinal Wolsey Dismissed

Having failed to achieve Henry's goals, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was dismissed from Henry's service. He was later arrested and died in custody in 1530.
September 1, 1532 Anne Was Made Marchioness of Pembroke

Anne was given a formal title on September 1, 1532. She traveled to a meeting with Francis I alongside Henry and was treated as his wife. The two consummated their relationship around this time, and may have been secretly married.
1532 First Pregnancy(Late 1532)

Anne became pregnant with Elizabeth in late 1532.
1533 Annulment of Marriage of King Henry VIII

In 1533, Henry, in his own right and without the consent of the papacy, annulled his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
January 25, 1533 Marriage of Henry and Anne

Henry and Anne were publicly married on January 25, 1533. The two were excommunicated from the Catholic Church for the violation of the laws of the Church. This marks the Protestant Reformation in England.
May 9, 1533 Coronation of Anne Boleyn

Anne, visibly pregnant, was crowned Queen of England.
September 7, 1533 Birth of Elizabeth

Elizabeth was born on September 7, 1533. Celebrations were quickly toned down, as she was not the much-hoped-for male heir.
1534 Act of Supremacy

In 1534, the Act of Supremacy made Henry VIII head of the English church.
March 23, 1534 Act of Succession

The Act of Succession limited succession to children of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Henry's daughter with Catherine of Aragon, Mary, was removed from the line of succession.
July 1534 Birth of Stillborn Son

Anne delivered a stillborn son in July 1534, following a jousting accident in which Henry was severely injured.
1535 Third Pregnancy

In 1535, Anne was again pregnant and hoping for a son.
January 7, 1536 Death of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon died, in poverty, on January 7, 1536. She never accepted Henry's remarriage.
January 29, 1536 Miscarriage

Anne miscarried for the second time in January 1536.
May 2, 1536 Arrest of Anne Boleyn

On May 2, 1536, Anne Boleyn was arrested and transported to the Tower of London. Her arrest came as a shock; however, Henry's eye had already moved on to Jane Seymour.
May 15, 1536 Trial of Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn went to trial on May 1536. She was accused of adultery, witchcraft and incest. Several men, including her own brother, George, were also tried and executed. There is no evidence that she committed witchcraft or incest.
May 19, 1536 Execution of Anne Boleyn

Anne was executed on the grounds of the Tower of London on May 19, 1536. The only concession to her status was the use of a highly skilled swordsman as her executioner, and a private, rather than public execution.
May 20, 1536 Betrothal of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

The day after Anne's execution, Henry and Jane Seymour were betrothed. They married 10 days later.






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