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9 February 1542 – Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, is rowed to the Tower of London

| February 9, 2018

9 February 1542 – Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, is rowed to the Tower of London

On this day in history, on the night of 9th February 1542, four days before her execution, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was rowed to the Tower of London. While her mistress, Catherine Howard, was confined at Syon, Jane had been residing at the home of Sir John Russell, Lord Admiral, on the Strand. Jane had […]

Why I Pulled My Tudor Historical Novel from Publication by Lissa Bryan

| January 17, 2018

Why I Pulled My Tudor Historical Novel from Publication by Lissa Bryan

As more historical research is done, historical characters are being rehabilitated and long-believed myths are being challenged and even banished, which is a wonderful thing. However, sometimes, the rehabilitation of one person can lead to another suffering, as has been the case with Anne Boleyn and Jane Boleyn. But things are changing. We had the […]

Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford – Adrienne Dillard

| May 19, 2016

Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford – Adrienne Dillard

In this video, Adrienne Dillard, author of Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey and Catherine Carey in a Nutshell talks about Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, wife of George Boleyn and sister-in-law of Queen Anne Boleyn. Along with Adrienne’s wonderful video, you’ll also get a sneak peek at her work in progress, a novel focusing […]

13 February 1542 – Executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford

| February 13, 2015

13 February 1542 – Executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford

On this day in history, 13 February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Lady Jane Rochford, wife of the late George Boleyn, were executed at the Tower of London. We have an eye-witness account of their executions from a letter written by London merchant Otwell Johnson. “[…] And for news from hence, […]

George Boleyn and Jane Parker

| March 28, 2014

Part 3 of our video series on George Boleyn answers the question “Was George forced into marrying Jane Parker?” and other questions on their marriage.

4 May 1536 – A Wife’s Letter, Further Arrests and a Queen Cruelly Handled

| May 4, 2013

4 May 1536 – A Wife’s Letter, Further Arrests and a Queen Cruelly Handled

Following the arrest of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, his wife, Jane, wrote him a letter of comfort, promising to “humbly [make] suit unto the king’s highness”1 for him. This meant that she was going to petition the King on George’s behalf. There is no record of her doing so, but then the records from this […]

The Marriage of George and Jane Boleyn by Clare Cherry

| April 19, 2012

The Marriage of George and Jane Boleyn by Clare Cherry

Numerous myths and falsehoods plague the memories of Anne and George Boleyn. But there are three specific ones relating to George:- That he and Anne actually committed the incest they were accused of. This suggestion was largely put to bed (pardon the pun) until the publication of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, in which it was […]

Jane Boleyn – History’s Scapegoat

| February 13, 2012

Jane Boleyn – History’s Scapegoat

Today Tudor history lovers everywhere will be remembering the tragic end of Queen Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII who was executed on this day in 1542. Many will not remember that Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was also executed and some will agree with the sentiments of one tumblr “confession” which said “Jane […]