An Inventory of Boleyn Grants – Spring 1536

Thomas Boleyn's memorial brass
Thomas Boleyn’s memorial brass

In Letters and Papers for 3rd March 1536 is the following record:

“List of grants by the King to Thos. Boleyn, earl of Wiltshire, and Geo. Boleyn, lord Rochford, from 29 April 14 Hen. VIII. to 3 March 27 Hen. VIII.”

As Julia Fox says, in her book on Jane Boleyn, this inventory “suggests that George’s father had every reason to feel threatened” when his children fell in May 1536.

It is not known exactly when the inventory was taken, but I suspect that it was shortly after 3rd March because that is the date it went up to. On 3rd March, Thomas Boleyn’s lease of the Crown honour of Rayleigh in Essex was extended for a term of thirty years, and George was brought in as joint tenant with a 20 per cent rebate on the £100 rent, so the Boleyns had not lost favour at this point but was something brewing?

Notes and Sources

  • LP x. 409, 597
  • Fox, Julia (2007), Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford, p184

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