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 […]

The Real Boleyns Part 1 Webinar – Thursday 22nd September

| September 16, 2011

The Real Boleyns Part 1 Webinar – Thursday 22nd September

Just a quick reminder about a webinar I will be doing next Thursday, the 22nd September. This is the first in a series of webinars I will be doing for Anne Boleyn Fellowship members and Part 1 is on George and Jane Boleyn, examining who they really were in contrast to the way they are […]

Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford – Guest Post

| June 3, 2011

Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford – Guest Post

Today we have a guest post from author and historian, Julia Fox, who wrote “Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford” and who has just released Sister Queens: Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of Castile: Katherine of Aragon and Juana Archduchess of Burgundy. I was fortunate enough to meet Julia, and her husband John Guy, […]

4 May 1536 – Lady Jane Rochford writes to her Husband

| May 4, 2011

4 May 1536 – Lady Jane Rochford writes to her Husband

Sir Tim Ridgway’s sources at court have told him that Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, has sent a message to Sir William Kingston for her husband George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. Obviously a personal visit or letter are out of the question but the distraught Lady Rochford desperately wants to give her husband some comfort at this […]

A Message from Lady Rochford

| May 4, 2010

A Message from Lady Rochford

In a letter thought to have been written on the evening of the 5th May 1536, Sir William Kingston writes:- “After your departing yesterday, Greenway, gentleman usher, came to me and [said that]  Master Carew and Master Bryan [had] commanded him in the King’s name to my Lord Rochford from my lady his wife and […]

Jane Boleyn and the Fall of Anne Boleyn

| January 18, 2010

Jane Boleyn and the Fall of Anne Boleyn

I thought I’d start my series of articles on the fall of Anne Boleyn by looking at Jane Boleyn (also referred to as Jane Parker and Lady Rochford), wife of George Boleyn and the woman who is known for telling Thomas Cromwell that George and Anne Boleyn had committed incest. But what exactly was her […]