When you look at Anne’s responses to most of King Henry’s letters, they are the replies you would send to a guy with a girlfriend who kept Facebook-messaging you to say he loved you; namely “I’m flattered, but you have a girlfriend, with a subtext of please, please stop messaging me”. Here is one Anne sent to Henry after he started sending her extravagant gifts, which, to my mind,Â reads “Please stop sending me gifts; I realize you’re the King of England, but we’ve talked, like, one time, so this is weird. Also you slept with my sister.” (Henry hadÂ slept with Anne’s sister and – FUN FACT YOU WON’T FIND IN The Other Boleyn Girl -Â also Anne’s mother.)
It belongs only to the august mind of a great king, to whom Nature has given a heart full of generosity towards the sex, to repay by favors so extraordinary an artless and short conversation with a girl. Inexhaustible as is the treasury of your majesty’s bounties, I pray you to consider that it cannot be sufficient to your generosity; for, if you recompense so slight a conversation by gifts so great, what will you be able to do for those who are ready to consecrate their entire obedience to your desires?”
So, whatever. Henry breaks downÂ Anne Boleyn’s defenses. He divorces his wife, not at Anne’s behest really, but by that point, Anne pretty understandably thought, “I think now that he has severed ties with the Catholic Church I am going to look like an asshole if I don’t marry him.”
Anne marries Henry VIII. No one liked her, what with her presence believed to have caused Henry to remove himself AND THE COUNTRY from the Catholic Church. He, weirdly, kept the title “Defender of the Faith” which had been granted to him by the Church, because, why not? Then she miscarries a few times (after giving birth to Elizabeth) which is blamed on her being a witch, and not HenryÂ possibly having syphilis, which is a more plausible explanation.
Both of these theories, incidentally, are likely wrong. Henry VII probably didn’t have syphilis, and witches can have children, because look at Samantha on Bewitched.
That pretty much sums up HenryÂ VIII’s and Anne Boleyn’s relationship.