Part 2: Anne Boleyn
Sir Thomas Boleyn, earl of Wiltshire & Ormonde,
and Elizabeth Howard
Thomas Boleyn (Bullen) was the eldest of four children.
He fought for Henry VII against Cornish rebels who were protesting
against taxation. He became a courtier and diplomat, using his skill
Elizabeth Howard was the daughter of the second duke
of Norfolk. Her marriage to Boleyn was probably only accepted by her
family because their status had suffered after fighting for Richard
III at Bosworth.
Boleyn's status rose as the Howards threw off their
earlier poor alliance and he was knighted in 1509, the year of Henry
He was English ambassador to France from 1519 to 1520,
taking Anne with him. He was one of Henry's main advisers, and he even
tried and found guilty the men accused of adultery with his daughter.
Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554)
Having fought under his father in the successful
battle against the Scots at Flodden in 1513, while Catherine of
Aragon was queen, The duke of Norfolk rose to become one of Henry
VIII's key generals. He saw further victories against the French
and Scots and became a lieutenant with the 'Council of the North'.
Norfolk spearheaded the aristocratic assault on
operators such as Wolsey and Cromwell who were considered to be
career politicians. He was uncle to both Anne Boleyn and Catherine
Howard, Henry's fifth wife, and he helped both find a place in
Although he was a supporter of the politics of
the Reformation, he opposed the Protestant moves of Cardinal Cranmer
The fall of Catherine Howard led to a decline
in Norfolk's fortunes. He was eventually charged with treason
and condemned to death, only being saved by Henry's own demise
on the day he was meant to be despatched. He was rehabilitated
to his former status under Mary I, daughter of Catherine of