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Elizabeth Howard

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Maternal Grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I
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Short Biography, Facts and History about the life of Elizabeth Howard - Mother of Anne Boleyn and Maternal Grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Nationality: English
  • Mother of Anne Boleyn and Maternal Grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Lifespan: 1486-1539
  • Born: Arundel Castle in Sussex
  • Married: Thomas Boleyn in 1499
  • Died: 1538 April 3
  • Family connections: Member of the powerful Howard family, mother of Queen Anne Boleyn and grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Character of Elizabeth Howard : Proud and ambitious

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  • 1486: Lady Elizabeth Howard was born in Arundel Castle in Sussex. She was the daughter of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk and Elizabeth Tilney. She was a direct descendant of the Edward I of England
  • Lady Elizabeth Howard was lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth of York, the mother of King Henry VIII
  • 1499: Lady Elizabeth Howard married Thomas Boleyn and moved to his family home at Blickling Castle in Norfolk
  • 1500: George Boleyn was born at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, England to Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard
  • 1502: Anne Boleyn was born at Blickling Hall to Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard
  • 1503: Mary Boleyn was born at Blickling Hall to Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard
  • 1505: Blickling Hall and Hever Castle were inherited by Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard took up residence in Hever Castle, with her young family
  • 1509: King Henry VIII crowned King of England and Lady Elizabeth Howard Boleyn was appointed lad-in-waiting to his new queen, Katharine of Aragon
  • Thomas Boleyn was then knighted and worked as a diplomat for King Henry VIII in the Netherlands and France
  • The children of Lady Elizabeth Howard were well educated. George finished his education at court and her daughters, Mary and Anne Boleyn, were sent to finish their education in France
  • 1519: Mary Boleyn returned to England in disgrace. Her morals were in question and there were strong rumours that she had had affairs with members of the French court. Mary was also purported to have had an affair with the French King Francis I. Elizabeth Howard never forgave her daughter Mary for ruining the reputation of her family
  • Lady Elizabeth Howard is joined by her husband, Thomas Boleyn and all of her children George, Mary and Anne Boleyn at the court of King Henry VIII and Queen Katharine of Aragon
  • 1525: King Henry VIII has a brief affair with Mary Boleyn, the youngest daughter of Elizabeth Howard Boleyn. As a result of the affair her husband Thomas was rewarded with the title Viscount of Rochford and Elizabeth assumes the title of Viscountess of Rochford
  • 1526 March 4: Mary Boleyn gave birth to a son, called Henry - he was widely assumed to be the son of King Henry VIII although not acknowledged as such. He was therefore the first grandson of Elizabeth Howard Boleyn
  • 1526: King Henry VIII became totally obsessed with her other daughter, Anne Boleyn, with whom the King fell madly in love
  • Elizabeth Howard Boleyn acted as chaperone to her daughter Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII
  • 1527: "The King's Secret Matter" was no longer a secret. It became publicly known that King Henry VIII was seeking a divorce from Katherine of Aragon
  • 1529: As a direct result of the affair of his elder daughter, Anne Boleyn, Thomas Boleyn was created the Earl of Wiltshire and Elizabeth assumed the title Countess of Wiltshire
  • 1532: Her daughter, Anne Boleyn, became pregnant
  • 1533 January 25th : King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth Howard Boleyn became mother-in-law to the King of England
  • 1533 September 7th: Queen Anne Boleyn gave birth to a baby girl who would become Elizabeth I
  • 1535: The marriage of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII was failing. Anne miscarried. The King turned his attention to a lady-in-waiting called Jane Seymour
  • Rumours about Anne circulated and men who were part of her faction disappeared one by one
  • 1536 May 2nd: George, the son of Elizabeth Howard Boleyn, was one of the men questioned and arrested, accused of Treason and incest with his own sister
  • May 15th 1536 George and Anne Boleyn were tried for treason and incest in the Great Hall of the Tower of London
  • Her husband, Thomas Boleyn the Earl of Wiltshire, was no help to his children. He denounced the crimes of all the men accused and tried Mark Smeaton, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Sir Henry Norris who were condemned to death. Thomas Boleyn witnessed the executions of both Anne and George
  • 1536: Thomas Boleyn was forced to relinquish his position at court of Lord Privy Seal and retire
  • 1538 April 3: Lady Elizabeth Howard Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn, died at Baynards Castle in London
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