The former queen fell out of favor with Henry VIII after she was unable to give him the male heir to the throne he desired. She gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth – who became ruler – but that wasn’t enough for the Tudor king. Henry finally had Anne put to death at the Tower of London just three years into their marriage after being found guilty of treason.
His downfall was led, historians say, by Thomas Cromwell, Henry’s chief minister, who spread rumors of his infidelities with the king’s courtiers.
Despite Henry and Anne’s relationship ending tragically while they were together, the couple enjoyed a “racy” romance, according to historian Sandra Vasoli.
The Tudor expert wrote the 2015 book ‘Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower: A New Assessment’.
The US-based researcher pored over a cache of 17 love letters that Henry wrote to Anne, which are in the Biblioteca Apostolica of the Vatican Library in Rome.
Citing letters, Ms Vasoli told Express.co.uk: “‘My own darling, my own darling. Our love is warmer than the sun”.
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She explained that the letters contain “many expressions of love and shared love”, adding that “ultimately, there are letters in which he was rather racy”.
She said: “One of the famous quotes from the letters is when he says, ‘I wish you were here instead of your brother’.
“Because his brother George was one of his courtiers and was with him all the time.
“So obviously if she was away at Hever Castle or any of the other palaces…”
Henry and Anne met at court, where she was lady-in-waiting to his first wife Catherine of Aragon.
After they fell in love, Anne Boleyn caught the “sweating sickness” of the Tudors in 1528 and returned to her childhood home, Hever Castle, for a period of recuperation.
Ms Vasoli claimed that while Anne was at Hever Castle her messages had become more explicit.
She said: “He says ‘God, I’d rather you were sitting here instead of your brother, and I wish one night I could kiss your pretty dukkys’, which are her breasts.
“So at that time there had been physicality between them.
“Not necessarily sex. But, you know, things were happening.
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“Because he wasn’t just saying that if it had never, ever happened.”
Over time, his historian explained, Henry’s messages to his lover changed from “polite” to more informal.
She said, “He’s very polite in there. He uses affectionate terms, but they were politely used at the time – “my mistress and my friend”.
“It wasn’t until later that he started calling her ‘honey, honey’.
“So you knew in the beginning it was almost like a young guy coming in for a date and kind of meeting the parents and being all dressed up and being very neat and very proper.
“Because that’s how they were. And over several letters, we see his writing become more casual, more relaxed.
“And in there, he puts endearing terms that I don’t think he would ever have used if she didn’t return his affection.”
‘Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower: A New Assessment’ was written by Sandra Vasoli and published by MadeGlobal Publishing in 2015. It is available here.