Hever Castle is over 700 years old and was built in 1270. It was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Henry the VIII’s 2nd wife. Unfortunately, she met a savage end, when she was beheaded by her husband, after being accused of high treason…
Henry had 6 wives
Divorced – Catherine of Aragon
Beheaded – Anne Boleyn
Died – Jane Seymour
Divorced – Anne of Cleves
Beheaded – Catherine Howard
Survived – Catherine Parr
All about Anne…
Born in 1501 in Norfolk, her father was a squire and knight.
In 1515 AD, aged just 14, Anne became the attendant to the French Queen.
A few years later Anne returned to England aged 21. Anne’s sister had been a mistress for Henry for 2 years.
Anne fell for a nobleman, Henry Percy – she had a thing for Henry’s. The marriage was stopped by Henry VIII and Anne was banished to Hever Castle.
Anne Boleyn was the Queen of England for 1000 days
The love affair begins
She was a lady-in-waiting for Henry’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Henry wanted to marry Anne and divorce Catherine but the pope wouldn’t let him. So the protestant faith was born and Henry turned his back on Catholicism.
Anne’s bedframe is still inscribed with her name from Hever Castle
Anne Boleyn was the mother of one of Britain’s most famous Queens, Queen Elizabeth.
The beginning of the end
After a whirlwind affair, political and religious upheaval and 3 years of marriage Henry accused Anne of high treason.
Whilst still being married to Anne, Henry started seeing Jane Seymour. Anne was imprisoned in the Tower of London, standing accused of adultery, incest and plotting to kill the king. Henry had her beheaded and married Jane 11 days later.