8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn sets off for Scotland

| July 8, 2017

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn sets off for Scotland

On this day in history, on 8th July 1503, during the reign of King Henry VII, Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, left Collyweston in Northamptonshire to undertake an important job for the king. Thomas had been appointed as a member of a large retinue headed by his father-in-law, Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, to […]

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn is punished

| June 29, 2017

On this day in history, 29th June 1536, just over a month after the executions of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal. Three days later, the office was granted to Thomas Cromwell, the man who had been […]

22 June 1509 – Thomas Boleyn is a Knight of the Bath

| June 22, 2017

On the 22nd or 23rd June 1509, just before his joint coronation with Catherine of Aragon on 24th June, King Henry VIII created 24 Knights of the Bath in a special ceremony at the Tower of London. Letters and Papers names these knights as “Richard (sic) Radclyff lord Fitzwater, the lord Scroop of Bolton, the […]

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 […]