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I am Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife, the Queen of England from 1533 until 1536. While there is so much information about my later years, in power and death, there is not a lot from my early years. Most scholars said I was born around 1501 but they do not know if it is completely accurate. I did not want to be another of Henry VIII mistresses, but I eventually became his wife. Our relationship was the main reason for the dispute between the Roman Catholic Church and England.I only had one child, Elizabeth I, who was one of England’s greatest rulers. I never had a male heir to the throne, and for that reason, along with others, was the start of my downfall. My story is heartbreaking, however,  I had various achievements throughout my very short life, because of this, I should be the person of the year.Sometime between 1499 and 1507, in Norfolk, England, I was born. Scholars believe that because no information was recorded about me, I, as a baby, was considered, by others, unimportant or unworthy.   It wasn’t until I was twelve that anything at all was recorded about me. Even though I started small and powerless, I became one of the greatest influences on King Henry VIII there ever was. I was the daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn and my mother, Lady Elizabeth Howard. My father would later become Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde. At a young age, I was able to travel to the Netherlands to explore, but mainly to study. I returned to England in 1522, and soon became a maid of honor to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s queen consort at the time. By 1525, I had become one of the most admired ladies of the court, and because of this, I attracted many men. I was known for my beauty, with a long slender neck, black smooth hair, and dark eyes, I was able to get any man I wanted. Mary, my sister and one of the King’s mistresses introduced me to Henry VIII. He began writing me love letters and in one of his letters, he wrote: “If you … give yourself up, heart, body, and soul to me … I will take you for my only mistress, rejecting from thought and affection all others save yourself, to serve only you.” At first, I didn’t know how to react, but I told him that I didn’t want to be his mistress, I wanted to be his wife. I told him that I couldn’t be his wife, not only because he was married already, but because I was unworthy of his love. Henry was desperate, so he quickly created a way to leave Catherine. In his petition for divorce, with his wife, to the pope, he used an saying from the Book of Leviticus that said that a man who takes his brother’s wife would stay childless, and claimed that he and Catherine, who was his brothers widow, would never have a son who survived infancy because their marriage was a condemnation in the eyes of God.

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