What would have become of Anne if she had given birth to a son?

I think she would have been safe and secure. A son would have been her saviour and she would have remained Queen and would have been a great queen with her passion for reform and charity. Henry may well have got bored of her, as was in his nature, and taken mistress after mistress, but none would have been a threat to Anne and her position as queen because she would have done her job and provided an heir.
I wonder what would have happened to England though if Anne had had a son. Would England have become Protestant quicker? Also, we would not have had the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. In fact, it is unlikely that the Stuarts would have come to the throne either. Hmmmm....

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17 thoughts on “What would have become of Anne if she had given birth to a son?”

  1. Heidi says:

    Very interesting thought that if Anne had had a son, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth wouldn’t have ruled. Edward wouldn’t even have been born of Anne had had a son!
    And also interesting that the Stuarts might not have come to the throne either.
    And I belive too that Anne would have been safe if she had had a son, like Jane seymour would if she had lived.

    1. supsthegrt says:

      I woul like to inform that Elizabeth was anew Boleyn daughter do if she had a son Elizabeth would not be his half sister.

      1. supsthegrt says:

        I mean *anne boleyn’s

      2. Claire says:

        What do you mean? If Anne had gone on to have a son then Elizabeth would have been his full sister. I’m not sure what you’re saying.

  2. HollyDolly says:

    Your right.If Anne had given Henry a son, she would have been safe.Certainly her son, being a male would have been King before his half sisters, Mary and Elizabeth.Mary I imagine would have been married off to possibly Phillip of Spain or someone else.The same might have happend to Elizabeth,married to some english lord or a forgien prince.

    Now whether or not England would have become a protestant country much sooner I can’t say.Henry had no problems with the doctrine of the Catholic Church as far as I know.His main move
    was beside any love he may have had for Anne, was to produce an heir to take over when he was gone, and not have a repeat of the War of the Roses. But it is an interesting thought.

    1. Victoria Anne says:

      Wouldn’t Elizabeth (daughter of Henry Tudor, and Anne Boleyn) be a full blooded sibling to their supposed son?

  3. Julia says:

    I expect that England would have been Protestant sooner because assuming that he still died around the same time, Anne would probably have been Reent have had an influence in her son’s life and helped steer policy until he became an adult.

    1. Fan of Anne says:

      I think if Anne would of had a son, not only would she had lived, but would of ended being Henry’s true love as the only reason I believe Jane Seymour became Henry’s true love. He knew Jane only for such a short time and she died while giving birth!! What man wouldn”t feel that was his true love??

      1. Baroness Von Reis says:

        Fanof Anne,Totally agree with you ,had Anne given Henry a son and perhapes more sons,I truely think he would have worship Anne the rest of her life,I would so have loved to see that as the out come for both Hernry and Anne.Regards Baroness X

      2. Lady Anne says:

        No Jane was never his true love. Just because you died giving birth to the male heir to the throne. Anne had two miscarriaged male, that would have been king and prince had not Henry caused her the miscarriages. There’s a book you could see in which Anne give Henry a male. It’s called The Boleyn King

  4. margaret says:

    yes ,but only on reflection did jane become his true love and of course giving him his most prized possesion a prince ,if she had had a girl or none at all how long would she have lasted ,not long i think

  5. Kaz says:

    I wonder too had Anne lived or produced a son……if Anne had produced a son, I totally agree with what Claire wrote – Henry would have loved Anne for being the mother of his son, but most likely still have taken mistresses, just as he did with his first wife Catherine of Aragon, can’t change that pattern in him!

  6. FabNayNay says:

    I didn’t read through all comments, so please forgive if already mentioned. I agree that Annes place as queen and wife would’ve been totally secure had she only given birth to a son! But, I think it should be pointed out that both of the sons he did have, (that we know of), both died as teens. Of course, that doesn’t mean a son with Anne would’ve done the same, but in those days, it was a real possibility.
    So, I’m of the belief that Elizabeth was destined to reign as queen. She was destined to be one of englands greatest monarchs. But, I guess we’ll never know, will we? 🙂

  7. Mimico says:

    If only Anne had a son……
    i think that Anne would have definitely started being nicer to Mary Tudor because if Anne had a son as well as Elizabeth, Anne would not have felt as threatened by Mary.Mary possibly would have also been allowed to see Catherine of Aragon because an heir to the throne was born and the illigitiment Mary was no threat at all to either Henry or Anne. And Elizabeth would have grown with the love and support of her mother. The only downside would have been the fact that we would have to miss out on Elizabeth’s Golden Age. Unless Anne’s son was to reign for only a short while after Henry VIII’s death in 1547 then Elizabeth would ascend to the throne as planned in 1558. I have a feeling that Elizabeth would have already been married by this point, probably to a high- ranking English nobelmen if Anne was to have her way. Elizabeth possibly would have chilren already. Then the Tudor Line would be preserved and maybe one of Elizabeth’s descendants would be on the English throne today. Okay Okay i need to stop!! I love what ifs and i can talk for hours about one. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Mimico

  8. Shannon says:

    I agree that Anne’s status probably would have been secure. However, I can’t help but doubt she ever would have felt comfortable with Mary. The world still thought of Henry and Anne’s marriage as not legitimate and considered him still married to Catherine with Mary the rightful heir. Anne knew this. Even after Catherine’s death and a son for Anne, she was still not thought of as Henry’s true wife. It certainly would have been interesting to see what would have happened but I don’t believe Henry would have rid himself of a Queen that provided him a male heir regardless.

  9. j-nice says:

    Henry, not Anne, is responsible for the sex of the child. How easy it was to blame a woman for the downfalls. The only power a queen would have is to produce a son, and even she could not promise that, although, that is what kept a king’s ear and heart as long as a queen was in her reproductive years. Lack of prenatal care and regular check-ups was void as well. Narrow-minded in their own right.

  10. j-nice says:

    Henry, not Anne, is responsible for the sex of the child. How easy it was to blame a woman for the downfalls. The only power a queen would have is to produce a son, and even she could not promise that, although, that is what kept a king’s ear and heart as long as a queen was in her reproductive years. Lack of prenatal care and regular check-ups was void as well. Narrow-minded in their own right. To the arena of an illegitimate marriage, if Anne stayed married to King Henry VIII, long after the death of his first wife (only about 4 months later from Katherine of Aragon’s death to Anne’s beheading), then the marriage could be more pronounced as legitimate, therefore, possibilities to have an male heir to the throne. But, Elizabeth I, oh what a great queen!

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