12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn dies

| March 12, 2017

12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn dies

“My good lord and master is dead. He made the end of a good Christian man. Hever, 13 March.”1 So wrote Thomas Boleyn’s servant, Robert Cranwell, to Thomas Cromwell in 1539. Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond and father of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, had died at his home, Hever Castle, at the […]

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn is entrusted with an important job

| July 8, 2016

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn is entrusted with an important job

Many people seem to think that Thomas Boleyn, father of Queen Anne Boleyn, only rose to prominence and favour in Henry VIII’s reign, in the 1520s, by ‘pimping out’ his daughters to the king, but it’s not true at all – click here for more on Thomas Boleyn’s career. As early as 1503, Thomas Boleyn […]

11 February 1531 – Convocation grants Henry VIII the title of Supreme Head of the English Church

| February 11, 2016

11 February 1531 – Convocation grants Henry VIII the title of Supreme Head of the English Church

On this day in history, 11th February 1531, Convocation granted Henry VIII the title of “singular protector, supreme lord, and even, so far as the law of Christ allows, supreme head of the English church and clergy”, and it was George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Anne Boleyn, who played a prominent role in […]

12 March 1539 – Death of Thomas Boleyn

| March 12, 2015

12 March 1539 – Death of Thomas Boleyn

On this day in history, 12 March 1539, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, died at Hever Castle, Kent, the Boleyn family home. He was in his early sixties. Wiltshire’s servant, Robert Cranwell, wrote to Thomas Cromwell the next day to give him news of Wiltshire’s death: “My good lord and master is dead. […]

Anne Boleyn – The Boleyn Family’s Meal Ticket?

| October 9, 2014

Anne Boleyn – The Boleyn Family’s Meal Ticket?

This article was inspired by lots of comments I received on The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page yesterday after I posted a link to Suzannah Lipscomb’s article 2013 BBC History Magazine article Why did Anne Boleyn have to die and a link to my article Why I think Henry VIII was Responsible for anne Boleyn’s […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part One – The Boleyns

| July 24, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part One – The Boleyns

In the second part of my series on Anne Boleyn’s life, I want to take a look at her family and extended family. I’m going to give some brief bios of some of the people she was related to with links to where you can find out more about them. Apologies for some repetition from […]

Anne Boleyn’s Background and Birth

| July 15, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Background and Birth

I’m kicking off our series about Anne Boleyn’s life with a look at her background and birth… Anne Boleyn was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn and Elizabeth Howard, who had married in around 1499. Her mother Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey and later, from 1514, 2nd Duke of Norfolk. The […]

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn escorts Margaret Tudor to Scotland

| July 8, 2014

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn escorts Margaret Tudor to Scotland

On 8th July 1503, Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, was part of the large retinue headed by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, and chosen by Henry VII to escort the 13 year-old Margaret Tudor to Edinburgh for her marriage to James IV of Scotland. The party had left Richmond Palace for the home of […]