Became Queen of England June 1533 through a secret marriage to King Henry VIII. His earlier marriage to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void by an English church court upon Henry’s insistence. The explicit reason given was because that she was the widow of Henry’s brother and was thus supposedly the recipient of a Levitical curse and thus bore Henry no male children. Upon Henry’s marriage to Boleyn in January 1533 and the subsequent annulment of his former marriage to Catherine, Pope Clement VII excommunicated King Henry. In response Henry ordered English clergy to stop all relations with the roman Pope and declared the Act of Supremacy in 1534, making himself the head of the Anglican Church, thereby completely separating himself from Rome. The September following their marriage Anne bore him a daughter, Elizabeth. Henry later executed Boleyn on charges of adultery and then married Jane Seymour.
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