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George Boleyn

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Short Biography and facts about the life of George Boleyn
The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life George Boleyn:

  • Nationality: English
  • Brother of Anne Boleyn

  • Lifespan: 1500 - 1536
  • Married: 1525 Jane Parker
  • Executed: May 17, 1536
  • Family connections: George Boleyn was the son of Sir Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard. George was the maternal nephew of the Duke of Norfolk
  • Religion: Protestant 
  • Character of George Boleyn : Bright, witty, intelligent

Information, Timeline, Facts & History about the life of George Boleyn
The following are additional facts about the life and history of George Boleyn - Brother of Anne Boleyn:

  • 1500: George Boleyn was born at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, England
  • George Boleyn was the son of Sir Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard . George was the maternal nephew of the Duke of Norfolk
  • His sisters were Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn
  • Anne and George Boleyn were always close but Mary was not as bright as her brother and sister and always an outsider
  • The family home was at Hever Castle in Kent
  • During the early years of George Boleyn was extremely well educated and was taught by a French governess and was tutored at home
  • As was the tradition in many noble Tudor families George Boleyn was sent to the court of Henry VIII as a page and then as he became older a squire - Duties of a Page and Squire
  • George Boleyn was first mentioned in court records when he played a part in the 1514-1515 Christmas revels
  • George was assigned to the household of Cardinal Wolsey and held a post in the Privy Chamber.
  • George Boleyn was a popular member of the Tudor court
  • In 1525, George Boleyn married Jane Parker, daughter of Henry Parker, Lord Morley. It was an arranged marriage and a particularly unhappy one. Jane Parker had an unpleasant personality and was deeply jealous of the close relationship which George Boleyn shared with his sister Anne His popularity at court gained him entrance to the inner circle of King Henry VIII. This was also aided by the fact that his sister Mary Boleyn had become the mistress of the King
  • In 1526 he became cupbearer to King Henry VIII but there was also another change in the fortunes of the Boleyn family. King Henry had tired of his sister Mary but his attention had turned to his favourite sister Anne Boleyn
  • As his sister Anne rose in favour with the King so did George. King Henry VIII was totally obsessed with Anne. And, unlike her sister Mary, Anne was shrewd and ambitious. She wanted favours granted to her and her family. And, at this time, what Anne Boleyn wanted the King gave to her
  • In 1528 George Boleyn was appointed as a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber
  • In October 1529 George Boleyn was knighted and the title of Earl of Rochford was conferred on George Boleyn. The only problem George Boleyn had was with his vindictive, spiteful and jealous wife, Jane Parker - now referred to as Jane Rochford
  • Jane Rochford was excluded from the witty and clever circle of the King, Anne and George Boleyn. Jane resented the close relationship between Anne and George Boleyn
  • In December 1529 George Boleyn followed in his father's footsteps and undertook an assignment as a diplomat in France
  • The fate of George Boleyn became entwined with his sister Anne. He supported Anne in her pursuit to become Queen of England
  • 1532: Anne Boleyn became pregnant
  • 1533 January 25th : King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn
  • 1533 September 7th: Queen Anne Boleyn gave birth to a baby girl who would become Elizabeth I
  • 1534: King Henry VIII broke with the Catholic church in Rome and the Act of Supremacy was passed making King Henry VIII head of the Church of England. George Boleyn was instrumental in coercing the clergy to adhere to the Act - he was a great supporter of religious reform
  • 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. The fortunes of George Boleyn declined as his sister's position with the King deteriorated
  • Rumours about Anne circulated and men who were part of her faction disappeared one by one. Mark Smeaton, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Sir Henry Norris
  • 1536 May 2nd: George Boleyn was one of the men questioned and arrested, accused of Incest and Treason
  • May 15th 1536 George Boleyn was tried for treason and incest in the Great Hall of the Tower of London with his sister Anne
  • His wife, Jane Rochford testified against him
  • His father, Thomas Boleyn the Earl of Wiltshire, was no help. 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.  King Henry excused Thomas Boleyn from the task of condemning his own children, Queen Anne and George Boleyn
  • 1536 May 17th 1536 George Boleyn was taken to be executed on Tower Hill
  • The last words of George Boleyn were: "Trust in God and not in the vanities of the world; for if I had so done I think I would not have found myself here before you condemned to die."
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