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10 Fascinating Facts About Anne Boleyn

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Check out our New Biography Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/biographics Her marriage to tyrant, King Henry, led to her tragic demise. He accused her of witchcraft, incest, conspiracy against the King, and adultery. She was beheaded by a French swordsman. Henry felt that he was showing mercy by using the swordsman, rather than subjecting her to the rough blade of a guillotine. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: 10 Perverts Who Changed the World For the Better https://youtu.be/FkBmAOwkVIE?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKUFXyekxgY1xuFObYL-Icg Top 10 Famous Liars Throughout History https://youtu.be/q8xlRaLFTrc?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKUFXyekxgY1xuFObYL-Icg Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-fascinating-facts-anne-boleyn.php Coming up: 10. Anne’s Sister was Henry’s First Mistress 9. Anne’s French Manners Enchanted Henry 8. Anne Held a Grudge Against King Henry 7. She Played Hard to Get 6. She Sparked the English Reformation 5. She Failed to Hold the King’s Interest 4. Anne Couldn’t Bear Henry a Son 3. She Was Accused of Heinous Crimes 2. Her Eleventh Finger is Likely a Myth 1. Anne Gave Birth to the Virgin Queen Source/Further reading: https://youtu.be/NX0LoorqtRM https://www.biography.com/people/anne-boleyn-9218155 http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/anne_boleyn/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/tudors/english_reformation_01.shtml https://www.britannica.com/biography/Anne-Boleyn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Seymour https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/queen-anne-boleyns-alleged-crimes/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anneboleyn2.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anne-boleyns-execution.jpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX0LoorqtRM https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8414093535 https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/15312969059 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Claude_of_France,_Duchess_of_Brittany.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henry%27s_reconciliation_with_Anne_Boleyn_cph.3g08965.jpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOvKSrwSl00 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anne_de_Boleyn_%C3%A0_la_Tour_de_Londres-Edouard_Cibot-MBA_Lyon.jpg https://uk.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:17th-century_unknown_painters_-_Portrait_of_Anne_Boleyn_-_WGA23961.jpg https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3640331106 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Daniel_Maclise_Henry_VIIIs_first_interview_with_Anne_Boleyn.jpg https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3787879545 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P138-The_Lord_Cardinal_Thomas_Wolsey.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_6th_earl_of_northumberland.jpg
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Just2 Vicious (3 days ago)
King Henry was gross looking😂
S P (3 days ago)
Those paintings are awful and not accurate.
Jennifer Henderson (4 days ago)
But she knew she had to keep her bloodline going. In secret of course. Lol so many secrets 😂
Jennifer Henderson (4 days ago)
Elizabeth was not a virgin
Jennifer Henderson (4 days ago)
Ann may be my ggggggggggGreat grandmother.
Mark Livingstone (6 days ago)
Sorry to nit pick, she was crowned Queen Elizabeth, she only became Queen Elizabeth the First in 1952 when the present monarch became Queen. As mentioned by others, her half brother was Edward the Sixth. The alternative to the sword was the axe. Keep em coming Simon 😉
Holly Hobbie (7 days ago)
Please make a video about Katherine Parr. She is by far the most fascinating wife that Henry VIII had and one of the most increadible women in History.
Gary Griffith (7 days ago)
So Henry VIII didn't want to subject Anne Boleyn to the guillotine? Amazing since it would not be invented until the 18th Century. He did not want to subject her to the inefficient blade of the usual executioner's ax. If you are going to put out a video, for God's sake, spend 5 minutes researching your subject matter before making such a blatantly stupid comment losing all credibility for your entire presentation.
Fred Howard (9 days ago)
At 15:32, he says Jane Seymour gave birth to the future King Edward IV, but she gave birth to Edward VI...is he a historian?
Rachael Williams (9 days ago)
I love Anne Boleyn. I love this picture. I am PISSED AS HELL on who drew her hands!!!
j. g.c. (10 days ago)
the host utters a lot of mistakes: he refers to henry's son as edward the 4th when in fact, he was edward the 6th, beheadings were done by ax not guillotine( it wasn't invented yet!) etc. perhaps, he shouldn't speak so quickly.
Victor James (11 days ago)
Down with the Pope.
Natilra (13 days ago)
There's lots of comments about the guillotine nonsense but I want to pick up on the idea that Anne held a grudge against Henry because she loved Henry Percy. There is no evidence of her feelings for Percy! She probably didn't want to marry James Butler, which would've meant leaving the sophisticated courts of France and England for the wilds of Ireland, and Henry Percy's wealth and power would have satisfied her ambition.
Alicia Veal (13 days ago)
Play with🔥and get burned
Kellie Costello (13 days ago)
They used axe’s during that time. But I love watching facts and learning more stuff about the royals it fascinates me
TheJergard (20 days ago)
The guillotine? That was not invented until 1792. ( some 200 years later ...) The executioner would have used an axe. The king thought a simple axe was not suitable, so he sent for the frenchman.
Wendy ferris (21 days ago)
it was NOT Mary Boleyn who was Henry VIII first mistress but Bessie Blount who gave birth to a son Henry Fitztroy, Mary Boleyn also gave birth to a son and this was quite a while before he started with Anne. Also it was not Henry who interfered with her relationship with Henry Percy but Cardinal Wosely on his own. Henry;s desire for a divorce was spark for the reformation but greed for church holdings and wealth is prompted the dissolution of the Catholic church in England while still adhering to Catholic style Mass
Shelly seymore (21 days ago)
The guillotine?? Not in England.
Mesmer ASMR (22 days ago)
*Her murder
Bodacious Tness (24 days ago)
No guillotines in 16th century England. He wanted to spare her the axe.
Forthelove ofGod (24 days ago)
Jane Seymour's son Edward was King Edward the vi not the iv
Vander Cecil (25 days ago)
Edward VI...
Ruby Khandjian (26 days ago)
She was first cousins with Katherine Howard
AllenArt64 (27 days ago)
Henry VII's son was Edward VI not Edward IV :)
mcCan'sWife (28 days ago)
What is the movie called?
Live Louder (1 month ago)
Great video but am I the only one who thought this was Vsauce?
Summer Desjardins (1 month ago)
Jane gave birth to Edward VI not Edward IV,
Bonnie May (1 month ago)
I literally just hung my Henry the eighth & Anne boleyn ornaments, when decorating my tree tonight. I got them in London when visiting family.
Fabiola Zavala (1 month ago)
The only one that was a dissapointment became the most loved and famous queen in the whole history of England. Damn Henry you was wrong 😂 and that's the sad part too😔😔
DesertDaisy Marie (1 month ago)
There were a couple of mistakes in the vid, Jane Seymour’s boy was Edward 6th, not 4th.. Also it was sword instead of axe..
Helen Tucker (1 month ago)
‘The rough blade of a Guillotine’. Errrr, the guillotine was invented by the french long after 1536 when Boleyn was executed. The only alternative to the sword would have been the axe. So that’s one ‘fact’ that isn’t a fact.
Lorri Greene (1 month ago)
Wonderful and spot on historical information -- very accurate. I really enjoyed!!
Xavier Roberts (1 month ago)
This isn’t a top ten video, its a history lesson.
Pat. b0i (1 month ago)
Well done 👍🏻
Tairee W (1 month ago)
The guillotine was first used in 1792.
Shanna Clankie (1 month ago)
I've seen and read a bunch of different sources on Ann - all of them either portray her as a seducer or an innocent maid. They've found letters by Henry to Ann, but not the other way around. So, a lot of this is just hypothesized. I didn't like how he said, "she played hard to get." Or she just didn't want to be whore. The last documentary I saw about her said, her and Henry VIII we're deeply in love and didn't have sex because if she got pregnant it would ruin their ability to get married. Even how they say she sharpened her feminine wiles in France, there is no physical proof. It's just what people assumed happen. I think she makes everyone to this day still wonder about her, because we'll probably never actually know what really happened.
Magpie Scott (1 month ago)
It is Edward the 6th not Edward the 4th. Edward the 4th was just over 100 years before Edward the 6th
shesaknitter (1 month ago)
Edward IV was not the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. Edward IV was the father of Henry VIII's mother, Elizabeth of York. Henry's and Jane's son was Edward VI. Toward the end of this video, there's a chart, and that chart shows, correctly, Edward VI as Henry's son.
Lyla Smith (1 month ago)
It wasn’t Anne’s fault she couldn’t give him a son it’s his (you need the right chromosome) and even if she did become pregnant with it was probably ok of the times she miscarried ( due to stress) because He was cheating on her with his 3rd wife Jane Seymour which is the main reason she was beheaded so he could marry Jane
music loversaxgirl (1 month ago)
When you look at all of history it's such a cruel bloody mess. Game of Thrones indeed.
HaruKisa (1 month ago)
Y’all am I just tripping on this kush or is the host literally a British Vsauce?? 🤔
NuthinMuffins (1 month ago)
This is full of erroneous speculation.
Neelia (1 month ago)
A guillotine ?
John Alden (1 month ago)
Not to be nit-picky, but Henry's heir and successor was Edward VI, not Edward IV, whose reign was in the previous century.
Filip Zawistowski (1 month ago)
Edward VI not Edward IV :)
Tish Smiddy (1 month ago)
Thank you 😊 interesting
K Mile (1 month ago)
Learn the truth...read Italian...history about her and her family. ..
K Mile (1 month ago)
K Mile (1 month ago)
She is not from France she was from Bolena Albania... her aristocrat family went to Italy and there...read
Luh573 (1 month ago)
I just saw the Wolf Hall with Clarie Foy as Anne Boleyn. What a great video, love it.
Jason Sheffield (1 month ago)
Henry saved her from the guillotine? Do some research! Anne was executed in 1536. The guillotine wasn't invented until 1789 - over 200 years later. Less ads, more research.
Ricki Ray (1 month ago)
ItzMeJadas YT_ CGZ (1 month ago)
Anne Boleyn is my 14th great grandmother my last name is Bowlin not Boleyn cause when the Boleyn’s moved from England to America there name went two ways Boleyn and Bowlin
Moon Y (1 month ago)
Witchcraft wasn't an official accusation in Anne Boleyn's trial, there were rumors that she was a witch, but nothing more.
Caio Coelho (1 month ago)
The axe, not the guillotine.
Jim W (1 month ago)
The first execution by guillotine was performed on highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier on 25 April 1792. Anne Boleyn never faced the the guillotine. I wonder what else you got wrong?
Liz Smith (1 month ago)
You mean edward VI.
Kelsey M (1 month ago)
Didn’t everyone commit incest back then? I mean...everyone basically married their cousins. He was jelly.
Lora Vipperman (1 month ago)
Kangaroo court?!😂
Lolly (1 month ago)
".. The rough blade of the guillotine.." Nooo, Henry chose the swordsman instead of the rough blade of the AXE! The guillotine didn't make it's appearance until right before the French revolution, which happened quite some time after the reign of Henry VIII
Brandy B (1 month ago)
She was excuted for not giving him that boy he wanted so bad, and that boy ruled for 6 years, so did Mary who turned into a religious psychopath and then imagine that, his daughter Elizabeth ruled and had a glowing legacy....well for the most part...lol.
56beverley (1 month ago)
'Anne was killed with a sword and not the guillitine' This would have been a miracle as the guillitine wasn't invented until over 200 years later. The usual form of execution of nobility was an axe! Also Henry's son became Edward 6th and not the 4th. Please get your facts right!
Vanessa Whitehead (1 month ago)
It's thought that Anne might've had a negative blood type, as so many women who have a negative blood type can have a first child with no problems, and after that have nothing but miscarriages. Thank goodness for rhogam, it is the reason women with negative blood types now can have multiple children.
carol thomson (1 month ago)
What centuary are you researching ? No guillotines in ENgland in the 1500,s
Nom du Clavier (2 months ago)
Or he sexually harassed her and she had to go along with it but whatever... 'bewitched'
Kattanna Loves Art (2 months ago)
We still have Percy street in Newcastle and the Percy family owns and live in the real Hogwarts at Alnwick Castle
heymisterderp (2 months ago)
Leave His Majesty King Henry VIII alone! Just because he's dead and can't cut your peasant heads off doesn't mean you should be so cruel to such a great Lord of lesser men like yourselves. It sounds like Anne's greatest legacy was her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, who as far as I'm aware, sounds like one of the best -if not the best- Queens that England ever had. I wonder if stories of her mother's scandalous sexual behavior had terrorized her at a tender age to avoid such threats to her life. Whether the accusations of infidelity were true or not, such sins would not tarnish Elizabeth.
heymisterderp (1 month ago)
Then Anne agrees with me and not you. Even in her last minute of life, she decried all those who would tarnish Henry's great name in the future. Anne would have never traipsed her way into court and His most glorious heart in the first place if Queen Catherine had given His Royal Highness an Heir! It wasn't Henry's fault that everyone and their uncle was putting him under such pressure to produce a Prince. That crap still continues with the Royals today. Even if you're right and Henry was such a monster deserving death, then Anne was a fool for charming a married man out of his marriage. Play with fire, and get burned. There's nothing more important than the future of England to any English King worth his salt. Executed for what, exactly? Not-shelling the Spanish Armada? That was his daughter's job!
56beverley (1 month ago)
heymisterderp you are talking crap. Henry VIII was a murderous monster who killed because he could. It's very doubtful whether Anne did anything she was accused of but was instead the victim of a Kangeroo Court and the result was a foregone conclusion. He should have been executed instead and would have been nowadays!
Sah. B. (2 months ago)
A great deal of opinion for a fact channel.
Jiřina Veselá (2 months ago)
Guillotine wasn't even invented in 16th century...
Snuggles McSquishbottom (2 months ago)
Edward VI, not Edward IV. Come on, that's just basic, and it's your own nation's history.
Trish Cassel (2 months ago)
It's believed that when Henry 8th suffered a blow to the head during a jousting tournament, He suffered brain damage which made him more violent.
Miss Quinn (2 months ago)
She lost a son after three months of pregnancy after henry had a josting accident and this happened 100 days before she was killed
i have no name (2 months ago)
This really helped me in my history project, thanks! 🥳
Garden Tradd (2 months ago)
Oh Simon. You lost me at “rough blade of the guillotine.” ... which was invented in the 18th century. 🤔
ellen hutchinson (2 months ago)
Anne  "seduced the king" ?   how about terrified and yielded to a psychopath who burned  alive his victims ?   Over 670 burned alive  in  agony  by way of Henry's religious frenzy...ever burn just one small finger?   Ann  could  smell  those bodies burning...streets of screams sobs and vomiting   21st century writers  never stop warping and twisting factual history  to tell the very ignorant...pretty stories...a modern serial killer is the boy next door...compared to the carnage of history...all based in LAW
Maggie Snuggs (2 months ago)
Henry was a tyrant, jeeze I'm glad I wasn't born in that era, what an awful end of life for Anne, she basically didn't do anything wrong. Henry was determined to have a son by any means at any cost, six wives, it's hard to believe he loved any of them.
Druid Riley (1 month ago)
Karma got him back when the son he murdered women for, died at 16. The female children he dismissed as being insufficient as his heirs went on to rule the country for decades.
Moons DarkAngel (2 months ago)
The way his mouth moves sideways when speaking is very distracting.
Carol Jones (2 months ago)
I don't know where you get the idea that Elizabeth I began a "policy of religious tolerance." The Catholic Church was cruelly persecuted during her reign. Her ministers Lord Burghley, his son, and Francis Walsingham ran a police state, executing many a priest and recusant Catholic!
Maria Consuelo (2 months ago)
She wa spared the guillotine? the guillotine did not exist !!! The ax of the execitioner's ok but NOT the guillotine! That was implemented in 1789. A French physician Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed to the National Assembley that capital punishment should always take the form of decapitation "by means of a simple mechanism. Someone here hasn't read history
Jack Black (2 months ago)
Didn't Anne Boleyn have six fingers on each hand?
Druid Riley (1 month ago)
Les Brown (2 months ago)
Guillotine? Nope. Axe.
Allison Biddix (2 months ago)
As far as tv & movie portrayals of Anne Boleyn go, Natalie Portman looks most like her in "the other boleyn girl", when it comes to physical appearance. (but thats just my "opinion" lol).
Nicholas Ennos (2 months ago)
I read that Henry had a rare disease that made it difficult for him to have healthy male children
Ellie Martinez (2 months ago)
The guillotine was invented in to the 1700 so she couldn't have been executed by guillotine the normal execution was by axe
AngeliqueStP (2 months ago)
Umm, not really. Decapitating machines weren't 'invented' by the French - they just popularized them .....look up the Halifax Gibbet (early as 1286!), the Edinburgh Maiden, and other 'flying blades'.
Starmadien2019 (2 months ago)
It was obviously Henry's fault that he only had one son who survived. It's the male who choromasone dictates the gender of the baby. Also he was found to have had syphilis.
Druid Riley (1 month ago)
+Nicholas Ennos Diabetes for sure. He had sores that wouldn't heal, was obese and ate a ton of sugary sweets.
Nicholas Ennos (2 months ago)
I don't think he had syphilis.. More likely diabetes.
Em J (2 months ago)
This video makes me wonder how accurate the others are..
Em J (2 months ago)
Aah, April the 1st, you sly dog XD
T Sommers (2 months ago)
Like millions of others, I find the Tudor period to be extriodinarily fascinating! I knew very little of it until the Showtime series The Tudors. I became a bit obsessed about learning all I could about that time in history. I watched every documentary on the subject, read dozens of books etc.
SLAY MOONLIGHT (2 months ago)
I love her, the beauty in those times was only blue eyes, blonde hair, not discriminating of course those girls are also beautiful, she was so strong and indominant , with that dark and fascinating look and that long bright hair, so sad its her end, enrique viii was a ...... I do not say the word, incredible and admirable woman one of the best queens in history, i hope she is in peace right now wherever you are
Melissa Coelho (2 months ago)
I love how the women who Henry used and absolutely abused or murdered are being accused of being the ones that were at fault. So sorry but hell no. She made the best of the situation she was placed in by men. She played the game to her best and was still killed.
Patrick Naughton (2 months ago)
Guillotine? Edward iv?
leon dillon (1 month ago)
it was impossible to have murdered her with the Guillotine!!!! The inventor, Joseph Guillotin ,wasn't born until 1738 AD in France!! He lived until 1814 AD. I didn't misspell his name, that's how it's in the American Heritage Dictionary!!
AngeliqueStP (2 months ago)
Nope, try as early as 1286! Decapitating machines weren't 'invented' by the French - they just popularized them .....look up the Halifax Gibbet (1286), the Edinburgh Maiden, and other 'flying blades'. " ....Although he really did not invent the guillotine, and in fact opposed the death penalty, his name became an eponym for it. The actual inventor of the prototype was a man named Antoine Louis. "
Jessica N (2 months ago)
I never understand it, that passion and love for Anne to a point that he killed her just like that. I mean, how?! It still happen tough, nowadays....😒 I think I follow there daughter; rule your own life & never be ruled by anyone!😅
Scott Heers (2 months ago)
This would have been an interesting video, if only a competent person had fact-checked it first. This thing is RIDDLED with inaccuracies!
Callum Barclay (2 months ago)
It's Edward VI not IV
Ashi Aku (3 months ago)
What happened to her was horrible. She’ll always be my favorite queen
Hannah Remen (3 months ago)
I would correct this mess of a video, but I’m too tired. This whole damn thing is riddled with inaccuracies. Anne deserves to have her story told correctly- read a book next time
Ashi Aku (3 months ago)
Elizabeth is the best thing that could have ever happened to Henry. He should be thankful
Jeff Stewart (3 months ago)
Oh Anne was played by Natalie Dormer in "The Tudors". Such a hottie.
ferociousgumby (3 months ago)
Why do I always hear angels singing in the background of these?
Caroline Noone (3 months ago)
King Henry 8 was a fat person

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