An unnamed boy, named "Edward" by recent historians, born 29 January 1536, to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second and most famous wife. "Edward" was Anne Boleyn's last pregnancy before she died 19 May 1536. Though he was a stillborn, there have been many stories surrounding why "Edward" died and he is also fairly important because, had he been alive at birth he would have saved Anne Boleyn from death.
There is a famous quote said by Anne's uncle when they found that the baby was born dead:
"She miscarried of her saviour"—Duke of Norfolk, January 1536
Anne's Last Few Months
Towards the end of her life, Anne Boleyn has been depressed and terrified of what would happen to her. Her husband, Henry VIII had begun to grow tired of her and her failed pregnancies. Around the time Anne had her final pregnancy, Henry had taken a new mistress Jane Seymour. Various events occurred that might have also caused Anne to miscarry. An account given by her ladies, Anne Boleyn went into a room where Henry VIII and Jane Seymour were eating together. Anne is said to have thrown Jane out and started screaming at Henry uncontrollably. She threw a huge tantrum (Which may have been a fit) and her ladies had to restrain her. Another story says that Anne also took a tumble not long before giving birth.
Henry also suffered from a fall from his horse, which though he survived, Anne was told that he had died, which also put great upset and stress on her.
It isn't completely defenced how many pregnancies Anne had, though many believe six, only three (Elizabeth, Henry and "Edward") were gender identified and only Elizabeth (Later Queen Elizabeth I) survived. Many historians have tried to explain why Anne lost so many children. One theory goes that Anne may have had negative blood and Henry may have had positive blood, therefore all children born after Elizabeth would be born with blue baby syndrome. However, it is more likely that (Due to the problems Catherine or Aragon also had with the mortality of her children) was the result of Henry suffering from syphilis.
Of course, it could be all because of the low mortality of children in the Tudor times and the lack of knowledge the doctors had about childbirth.
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