February 24, 2010
Seymour, I don’t think you are misguided at all. There is a lot of negative information out there about the Boleyns. This family was targeted and destroyed by the king and the people surrounding him who wished for their demise.
Yes, in hindsight, it would have been better if Anne had been allowed to marry Butler. That was the plan. If only, right? Thomas wanted the title of Earl of Ormond. He felt it was rightfully his. He had a strong case. The dispute went on until 1528. The talks of marriage between James and Anne fizzled out long before that.
If you want to read more about this, Claire wrote about it. You can find it here:
November 18, 2010
I think a lot of people got unfairly demonised in the rush to rehabilitate Anne. Thomas and Jane Boleyn being the biggest examples.
Thomas had a career as a political figure from the early 1500’s starting with taking Margaret to Scotland and he continued to find favour with both Henry’s before H VIII had his affair with Mary. It was only once Henry was smitten with Anne that Henry started to hand out titles and land to make Thomas a fit father-in-law to the king.
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