|No known portrait of Anne exists. However, |
here is a portrait of an unknown lady.
In 1527, at the age of ten, Anne was married to William Parr, 1st Marques of Northampton. The marriage was not the happiest. In 1541, Parr began an affair with one of Quene Katheryn Howard's Maid of Honor (honor?). Anne, likewise, began her own affair with a man named John Lyngfield, Prior of St. James' Church (prior?). Anne took it a step further by running away with the man! It became an even bigger scandal when Anne bore Lyngfield an illegitimate child. This prompted Parr to seek legal action against his wife. A respectable Lord couldn't have his wife birthing other mens' babies! The request for divorce is dated Jan. 22, 1543. In it, the account states
Now, what think ye? Was Anne an adulterous tart who should have gone to the block? Or was she simply giving her hubby a taste of his own medicine, eventually taking the higher ground and saving his neck?