Anne Bullen is a young lady at court, one of Queen Katherine’s gentlewomen.
One of the guests at Cardinal Wolsey’s feast, she completely charms the King without realizing who the masked gentleman is. Beautiful, kind, pitying, demure and modest, she sees and regrets what is happening to Queen Katherine, and claims that she would not wish to be in her place. Suddenly named Marchioness of Pembroke, she is worried about what this might imply, and hopes that the Queen will not here of this, seeing as Katherine is losing all she has just as Anne begins to receive. She is a Protestant, which earns her Cardinal Wolsey’s enmity. The King marries her in secret even before his divorce from Katherine is pronounced, and has her crowned once it is official. She then falls pregnant and gives birth to the future Queen Elizabeth.