23 April 1536 – George Boleyn loses out to Nicholas Carew


On 23rd April 1536, St George’s Day, elections were held to fill a vacancy in the Order of the Garter, England’s highest order of chivalry.

Queen Anne Boleyn’s brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, expected to secure the place, but, unfortunately, the very man who was helping Jane Seymour appeal to King Henry VIII was voted in.

Was the election of Carew a snub to George and the queen?

Find out more in my latest “on this day in Tudor history” video:

You can find out more about Carew, and his rather sticky end, in another talk I did – click here.

If you prefer reading articles to watching videos, you can read all about it here.

Tomorrow, I will be starting my annual countdown to 19th May, the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution.

By the way, if you want to know more about me and my work, I did this Q&A session recently:

I do hope you’re all keeping safe and well. Apologies for not being here very often, I’m juggling book research, writing, video preparation, family time… and keeping my sanity!

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