This Day in History

Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, was executed on May 19, 1536. Her marriage to Henry had once caused a seismic shift in English religion and politics, leading to the English Reformation. Accused of treason, adultery, and incest—charges widely believed to be fabricated to allow Henry to marry Jane Seymour—Anne’s execution marked a pivotal and notorious moment in English history. Her death remains a poignant tale of ambition, power, and the volatile nature of Tudor court politics.