George Boleyn

George Boleyn

Blickling, Broadland District, Norfolk, England
Death 17 May 1536 (aged 33–34)
Burial London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England
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Memorial ID 12380850 · View Source
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English Aristocracy. Born at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, England, the youngest child of Sir Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard. Boleyn was sent to court as a page and first mentioned in court records as playing a part in the 1514 Christmas revels. In 1525, a marriage was arranged for him with Jane Parker, but the couple was ill suited, and his wife was apparently jealous of his close friendship with his sister, Anne. In 1526 Boleyn became cupbearer to Henry VIII, then Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and, and by 1528 was Esquire of the Body and Master of the Buckhounds. By the end of 1529, he had been knighted and was sent on assignment as a diplomat in France. The following year he was created Viscount Rochford. In 1533, he announced his sister Anne's marriage to Henry VIII as well as her pregnancy. He was appointed Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and served as one of the king's diplomats. When Henry VIII broke with the Roman Catholic and passed the Act of Supremacy naming the Monarch head of the Church of England, Boleyn was instrumental in coercing the clergy to adhere to the Act. He was apparently a sincere supporter of religious reform. In 1535, Queen Anne miscarried a son and her position at court plummeted. The fortunes of all the Boleyns declined as Anne's position with the King deteriorated. The Queen's enemies circulated rumors about Anne and men of her faction. Mark Smeaton, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Sir Henry Norris were all arrested, and on May 2, 1536, Boleyn was himself arrested on charges of incest and treason. Although the charges against him were certainly false, within two weeks he stood trial. His wife, Jane, testified against him. His father, Thomas Boleyn the Earl of Wiltshire, denounced of all the men accused and tried Smeaton, Weston, Brereton, and Norris who were condemned to death. The King excused Wiltshire from condemning his own children. Now accepted as a case of judicial murder, both were condemned to death and executed on Tower Green. Boleyn's last word's were recorded as; "Masters all, I am come hither not to preach a sermon but to die, as the law hath found me, and to the law I submit me".

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