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Jane Rochford

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Short Biography of the life of Jane Rochford - Lady in Waiting
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Jane Rochford:

  • Nationality - English
  • Lifespan - 1505 - 1542

  • Born: Norfolk in England
  • Married: George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford
  • Died: Jane Rochford was executed by beheading February 13, 1542
  • Family connections of Jane Rochford - Wife of George Boleyn, sister-in-law of Queen Anne Boleyn
  • Religion - Outwardly Protestant but with Catholic tendencies
  • Career - Lady in Waiting
  • Famous for : the downfall of Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Catherine Howard
  • Character of Jane Rochford : Jealous, vindictive, spiteful, vicious, disloyal and a liar

Short Biography, Facts & History about the life of Jane Rochford - Lady in Waiting
The following are additional facts about the bio, life and history of Jane Rochford:

  • Jane Parker was the daughter of Henry Parker, 10th Baron Morley and Alice St John
  • In 1525 Jane Parker married George Boleyn. 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, who was to become Queen Anne Boleyn
  • Jane Parker became Jane Rochford in October 1529 when George Boleyn was knighted and the title of Earl of Rochford was conferred on him.
  • Jane Rochford was a spiteful, jealous woman
  • Her marriage to George Boleyn was an arranged and unhappy one
  • 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
  • The marriage between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII had failed. He had fallen in love with Jane Seymour. He wanted to be rid of Anne Boleyn
  • Jane Rochford was instrumental in the arrest of her sister-in-law, Anne and her husband George Boleyn
  • Jane Rochford provided damning evidence against them to Thomas Cromwell
  • May 15th 1536 George Boleyn was tried for treason and incest in the Great Hall of the Tower of London with his sister Anne
  • Her sworn affidavit helped convict them of incest and treason. The allegations were completely false
  • George Boleyn was executed on the trumped up charge of incest with his sister Queen Anne
  • Jane Rochford later became a Lady of the Privy Chamber to the young Queen Catherine Howard
  • Jane Rochford revelled in intrigue and encouraged the young queen in her affair with Thomas Culpepper
  • Jane Rochford encouraged Catherine Howard in the affair and she helped organised secret meetings
  • Her part as a go-between was discovered and Jane Rochford was arrested and taken to the Tower of London
  • She was interrogated and lost her sanity
  • A new law which allowed the execution of the insane was passed in order to have her condemned to death
  • She confessed before her death, "God has permitted me to suffer this shameful doom as punishment for having contributed to my husband's death. I falsely accused him of loving in an incestuous manner, his sister, Queen Anne Boleyn. For this I deserve to die."
  • She was executed immediately after poor, tragic Catherine Howard
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