“How did Thomas Boleyn feel sitting in judgement on his children?” is a question that I was asked recently, and it’s one I’ve been asked before.
But did Thomas Boleyn even sit on the jury that tried Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford?
Find out what history tells us about the jury in this talk, or by reading the transcript below.
I was inspired to do this talk after I was interviewed on Anne Boleyn by a TV production company. I was asked how I thought Thomas Boleyn felt sitting in judgement on his daughter, Queen Anne Boleyn, and his son, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, in May 1536. I pointed out that he didn’t sit on the jury at their trials, and this caused some confusion.
I’ve been asked this before several times, and I often see comments on social media about Thomas being on the jury, but I can tell you categorically that he was not; we have the records, and his name does not appear in the list of men appointed to the jury.
But let me tell you about Thomas’s role in the bloody events of May 1536.
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