Note: Anne was also the Baroness Furnivall, as her husband held the title of 9th Baron Furnivall. Anne grew up during the period in English history when the dynastic civil wars fought between the Houses of York and Lancaster, known as the Wars of the Roses, broke out at intervals and resulted in the deaths of many combatants and supporters from both sides. Anne's father was a staunch Yorkist, and a close friend and Lord Chamberlain of King Edward IV. After the latter's death in April 1483, Hastings was persuaded by his mistress Jane Shore to enter into a conspiracy against the late king's youngest brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who had been made Lord Protector of the realm. Upon discovery of Hastings treachery, Gloucester gave the order for his execution, which was carried out at the Tower of London on 13 June 1483. Anne's father was not attainted, however, and her mother, Katherine was placed under Gloucester's protection following his ascension as King Richard III of England, which secured her privileges and rights. At the time of her father's execution, Anne was already married to Hasting's teenaged ward. Her mother, by royal permission, took over as legal guardian of Anne's husband until he came of age. Sometime before 27 June 1481, at the age of about 10, Anne married her father's 13 year-old ward, George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury, 9th Baron Furnivall. George was her second cousin. She was his first wife, and upon their marriage she was styled as Countess of Shrewsbury and Baroness Furnivall. Early in the reign of King Henry VIII of England, Anne came to court where she served as a lady-in-waiting to Queen consort Catherine of Aragon. It is not known how long she served in this capacity.
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