Tom Butler, Elizabeth’s ‘Black Husband’ by Valerie Christie

| August 26, 2011

Tom Butler, Elizabeth’s ‘Black Husband’ by Valerie Christie

Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde was born in 1531 in what is now the Republic of Ireland. He was the son of James Butler, the 9th earl and Joan Fitzgerald, who was the daughter of the Earl of Desmond. The Butlers had risen from being virtual unknowns to Earls of Ormonde, by virtue of […]

Anne Boleyn’s Royal Blood

| July 21, 2010

Anne Boleyn’s Royal Blood

Many people talk of the Boleyns as upstarts or commoners but, just like Henry VIII’s other five wives and Henry himself, Anne Boleyn was a descendant of Edward I and had royal blood. The Howard Family’s Ancestry Anne Boleyn’s mother was Lady Elizabeth Howard (c.1480 – 1538), daughter of Thomas Howard (1443 – 1524), Earl […]