The Real Cause Behind Anne Boleyn’s Downfall

Taking a more honest look at the motivating factors behind this infamous queen’s demise.

E.B. Johnson | NLPMP | Editor
13 min readMay 3, 2024


A 19th century CE painting by Edouard Cibot. Public Domain. (Musée Rolin, Autun, Burgundy, France)

What happened to Anne Boleyn? How did this once-beloved woman become the hated center of scandal that has gripped historians for centuries? These are questions that have plagued writers and devotees of the Tudor period for centuries. The fall of Anne Boleyn is a stunning one, with so many missing pieces that it leaves too much to the imagination.

Was she killed because she was a witch? Because she was the wrong religion? The true story becomes far more complicated when one takes a look a the reality of Anne Boleyn. Her power. Her connections. Her political acumen. All of that has to be considered in the scope of her destruction.

One quickly notices that there is little mention of Anne’s ability to provide a male heir. That is because, when one looks deeply and earnestly into the events surrounding Anne’s fall, it becomes clear that this figured little into the minds of either the king or his advisors. As a matter of fact, just days before Anne’s arrest, the king made public assurances of his belief that Anne would soon bear him a son.

So, you will find little talk of that tale here. For those interested in that story, the books of Gregory and…