Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. Anne was initially appointed lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s wife Catherine. Her striking looks and sophisticated manners charmed Henry who had by then grown tired of his wife, as she had failed to produce a male heir and decided to pursue Anne instead. Although she resisted Henry VIII’s advances, by 1533 Anne was pregnant with her first child. Henry broke from Catholic church by marrying Anne in a secret ceremony in January 1533. Two more pregnancies ended in miscarriage, in the summer of 1534 and in January 1536. When Henry discovered the second baby had been a boy, he became convinced the marriage was cursed. Henry was still desperate for a male heir and he blamed Anne for this misfortune. On 2 May 1536 Anne was arrested on charges of adultery with five men including her own brother, Lord George Rochford. On 19th May Anne was led from her quarters to Tower Green where, spared the axe, she was granted the ‘mercy’ of beheading by a French swordsman. Anne was the first English queen to be publicly executed.
As Daenerys Targaryen rose to her feet, her black hissed, pale smoke venting from its mouth and nostrils. The other two pulled away from her breasts and added their voices to the call, translucent wings unfolding and stirring the air, and for the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons.
Even after all these years, Ser Barristan could still recall Ashara’s smile, the sound of her laughter. He had only to close his eyes to see her, with her long dark hair tumbling about her shoulders and those haunting purple eyes.