Thomas Boleyn died on 12th March 1539

| March 12, 2021

On this day in history, 12th March 1539, at the Boleyn family home, Hever Castle, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde, died. His servant, Robert Cranwell, wrote to Thomas Cromwell the following day to give him news of Wiltshire’s death, writing: “My good lord and master is dead. He made the end of a […]

Were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard pawns of their families

| November 7, 2020

In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I consider whether Anne Boleyn and her cousin, Catherine Howard, were pawns of their families and whether the Boleyns and Howards deserve to be blamed for their subsequent executions. Did Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, and Elizabeth’s brother, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, force […]

On this day – Thomas Boleyn is rewarded and Mary Boleyn suffers a loss

| June 22, 2020

As you know, I’m doing daily “on this day in Tudor history” videos for the Anne Boleyn & Tudor Society YouTube channel based on research I did for my book, On This Day in Tudor History. Today, 22nd June, has two Boleyn-related events, so I thought I’d share them with you here. On this day […]

In memory of one of my very favourite Tudor personalities, Thomas Boleyn

| March 12, 2020

Today is the anniversary of the death of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, father of Queen Anne Boleyn. He died at the family home, Hever Castle, in Kent, on 12th March 1539. His servant, Robert Cranwell, informed Thomas Cromwell of Thomas’s death, writing “My good lord and master is dead. He made the end of […]

The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

| October 3, 2019

In this latest instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series, I look at Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, which was also turned into a movie and adapted for television. “The Other Boleyn Girl” has brought Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn’s stories to life for many people, and provoked an interest in […]

Video – 12 March 1539: The death of Thomas Boleyn

| March 12, 2019

As you will know, I am recording an “on this day in Tudor history” video for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel every day of 2019. Well, today’s video is about the death of Thomas Boleyn, father of Queen Anne Boleyn, on this day in 1539, so I thought I’d share it […]

8 July 1503 – An important job for Thomas Boleyn

| July 8, 2018

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 demoted

| June 29, 2018

On this day in history, 29th June 1536, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal, an office he had held since January 1530. His demotion came just over a month after the executions of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, and it was Thomas […]