Part 2: Anne Boleyn
Sir Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde, and
Thomas Boleyn (Bullen) was the eldest of four children and
fought for Henry VII against Cornish rebels protesting against
taxation. He became a courtier and diplomat, using his skill for
Elizabeth Howard was 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
Boleyn's status rose as the Howards threw off their earlier poor
alliance and he was knighted in 1509, the year of Henry VIII's
He was English ambassador in France from 1519 to 1520, taking
Anne with him. He was one of Henry's main advisers, and 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 the uncle of both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Henry's
fifth wife, and helped both find a place in Henry's court.