March 19, 2015
I have just read Joanna Denny’s 2002 book on Ann and she mentions that it is possible that by 1512 Elizabeth Howard/Boleyn had died and that Sir Thomas remmaried. She cites this as a propable reason why Sir Thomas arranged for Ann to go to Margaret in Burgandy. Now I won’t give you my opinion on the many inaccuracies i feel are in the rest of the book, but I was wondering if anyone knew anything about this? I had never ever heard of a hint of this being mentioned in any other source. What do you all think ???
January 3, 2012
Welcome to our Boleyn family home Sharon. Come in, sit down, put your feet up and enjoy the wild ride. We are a mixed bunch of scallywags who enjoy a good debate and sharing the odd laugh or 2 along the way.
Elizabeth Boleyn, was most certainly still alive, when Anne was murdered, by the very man who turned the world upside down for her.
Anne ws said to have muttered something along the lines of “This will kill my mother.”
Elizabeth was lady in waiting to both Queen Elizabeth (Henry 7th’s missus) and Catherine of Aragon.
As for Anne being sent to France, I have read someone many years ago, that she was sent to France with Mary Tudor (Henry 8th sister) When Mary married the French King. If Anne did go to France then she would have only been 7 if we take Anne’s date of birth as being 1507. I believe the earliest age a girl could come to court to serve as a lady in waiting was 10. So I am very cynical about this story of a 7 year old Anne Boleyn travelling to France.
If Anne was born in 1500/1 then it would certainly be a possiblity that Anne may have gone to France then with Mary Tudor.
Thomas Boleyn was a very skilled and able diplomat, between the French and English courts, and it could well be that Thomas felt that the French court would offer Anne a better future, then what could be found in England.
Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod
November 18, 2010
IIRC, it was Agnes Strickland who fist said that Elizabeth had died and Thomas re-married. It’s certainly mentioned in MArgaret CAmpbell Barnes’s Brief Gaudy Hour and Cynthia Harrod Eagles’s THe Dark Rose.
Anne was first n Burgundy in Margeret’s court , almost certainly amongst the young royal family members whom Margaret looked after. Then went to France to jon MAry’s French household being kept on into Claude’s household on the accession of Francis.
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February 24, 2010
Hi Sharon. Nice to meet you.
Elizabeth (Howard) Boleyn, mother of Anne, Mary, and George died in 1538. She was still married to Thomas when she died. I can’t tell you how many errors Denny made in that book. Thomas arranged for Anne to go to Margaret of Austria because it was the most prestigious court where all the best families sent their children. He wanted to refine Anne’s education.
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