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12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn dies

| March 12, 2017

“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 […]

12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn made the end of a good Christian man

| March 12, 2016

12 March 1539 – Thomas Boleyn made the end of a good Christian man

On 12th March 1539, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, and father of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, died at Hever Castle, Kent. Thomas was buried at St Peter’s Church, Hever, and his memorial brass, which depicts him dressed in the full robes and insignia of a Knight of the Garter, including the badge […]

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. […]

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn loses the office of Lord Privy Seal

| June 29, 2014

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn loses the office of Lord Privy Seal

Following the falls and executions of two of his children, Anne and George Boleyn, on 29th June 1536 Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal. He had held the office since January 1530, after the fall of Cardinal Wolsey. On 2nd July 1536, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s right […]

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn Loses his Office of Lord Privy Seal

| June 29, 2012

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn Loses his Office of Lord Privy Seal

On the 29th June 1536 Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal, an office which he’d held since January 1530. It was, of course, the result of the fall of two of his children, George and Queen Anne Boleyn. On 2nd July 1536, Thomas Cromwell, the brains behind […]

In Defence of Thomas Boleyn, Father of Anne Boleyn

| April 26, 2012

In Defence of Thomas Boleyn, Father of Anne Boleyn

I recently read a comment on a Tudor history Facebook page which really struck me and got me thinking, as well as banging my head on my desk. The writer was of the opinion that Thomas Boleyn did not deserve to be buried in St Peter’s Church, Hever, and that he should have been buried […]