Queen Anne Boleyn, England Rumor : Anne Boleyn was really a witch with six fingers, three breasts and moles all over her body.
Anne Boleyn was Henry VIII's second and most famous of his six wives. Historians can't seem to agree on whether Anne was a home-wrecker (see sidebar) or a victim of Henry's changeable nature. One thing is for certain, Anne was not a witch, and she did not have six fingers. One of her biographers, George Wyatt, wrote that Anne had an extra fingernail. An extra fingernail could easily have been exaggerated to become an extra finger. Anne did have many enemies who were quick to spread rumors, and people just love to gossip about extra fingers.
Above: Courtesy of Glasgow University Library, Department of Special Collections
Anne Boleyn was lady-in-waiting to Henry's 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon. In order to marry Anne, Henry had his marriage to Catherine annulled in 1533 and broke away from the Catholic church. He had high hopes that Anne would give him a son and heir. Anne failed to produce a son and was beheaded in 1536 on trumped up charges of treason and adultry.