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12 May 1536 – A duke is appointed to preside over the trials of his niece and nephew

| May 12, 2018

12 May 1536 – A duke is appointed to preside over the trials of his niece and nephew

On this day in history, 12th May 1536, a patent was issued appointing Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, as Lord High Steward of England to preside over the forthcoming trials of his niece and nephew, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. The trials would take place on 15th May 1536 in the […]

25 August 1554 – Death of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk

| August 25, 2016

25 August 1554 – Death of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk

On this day in history, 25th August 1554, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, magnate, soldier and uncle of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, died of natural causes at his home of Kenninghall in Norfolk. He was laid to rest in St Michael’s Church, Framlingham, Suffolk. Thomas Howard was the eldest son of Thomas […]

12 December 1546 – The Howards in trouble

| December 12, 2015

12 December 1546 – The Howards in trouble

On 12th December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was led through the streets of London from Ely Place, where he had been held since his arrest on 2nd December, to the Tower of London. He’d been accused of improper heraldry and his former friend, Richard Southwell, had given evidence against him – click here […]

12 May 1536 – Appointment of Lord High Steward of England

| May 12, 2015

12 May 1536 – Appointment of Lord High Steward of England

On 12th May 1536, a patent was issued appointing Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, as Lord High Steward of England for the forthcoming trials of Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. He had served in that position before, at the trial of Lord Dacre in June 1534. Norfolk was the siblings’ uncle, […]

Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk

| March 4, 2015

Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk

Thomas Howard was the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, and of Elizabeth Tilney. He was the brother of Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard) and so was uncle to Anne Boleyn. Howard’s father and grandfather had fought on Richard III’s side at the Battle of Bosworth but Howard was able to work his […]

12 December 1546 – To the Tower for the Howards

| December 12, 2014

12 December 1546 – To the Tower for the Howards

On 12th December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was led through the streets of London from Ely Place, where he had been held since the 2nd December, to the Tower of London. There, he was joined by his father, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, who was taken to the Tower by barge along […]

25 October 1532 – Francis I makes Norfolk and Suffolk Knights of the Order of St Michel

| October 25, 2014

25 October 1532 – Francis I makes Norfolk and Suffolk Knights of the Order of St Michel

On 25th October 1532 King Francis I of France made Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Knights of the Order of St Michel, which was the French equivalent of the Order of the Garter. Wynkyn de Worde recorded this event in his The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys […]

Anne Boleyn – The Boleyn Family’s Meal Ticket?

| October 9, 2014

Anne Boleyn – The Boleyn Family’s Meal Ticket?

This article was inspired by lots of comments I received on The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page yesterday after I posted a link to Suzannah Lipscomb’s article 2013 BBC History Magazine article Why did Anne Boleyn have to die and a link to my article Why I think Henry VIII was Responsible for anne Boleyn’s […]

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