George Boleyn was executed

Georg Boleyn Viscount Rochford
17.5.1536 beheaded

Only son of Count Thomas II of Ormond from the BUTLER family and Elisabeth Howard, daughter of Duke Thomas III. Howard of Norfolk; Brother of Queen Anna Boleyn and Marie Boleyn
George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford
* around 1503; † May 17, 1536 in London

was an English diplomat and the brother of Anne and Mary Boleyn. The marriage between Anne and Henry VIII gave him the title of Sir George Rochford.

George Boleyn's father, Thomas Boleyn, came from the lower nobility. His mother, Elizabeth Howard, on the other hand, belonged to the nobility. His grandfather was Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, a well-known general in the service of the English royal house. Practically nothing is known about childhood and adolescence. As a young man he belonged to the court of Henry VIII. A few years before his sister Anne's marriage to the king, he was sent to France in the diplomatic service in December 1529. Since he was still very young for the job, it was rumored that he was only given the post through the protection of his sister.

He married Jane Parker, but the marriage was unhappy. This gave rise to rumors of alleged homosexualityGeorge Boleyn's. It is possible that Jane Parker made this claim out of jealousy and disappointment at the loveless marriage. Because at court Boleyn had the reputation of a womanizer.

When his sister Anne fell out of favor with King Henry VIII, it had far-reaching consequences for George Boleyn as well. In early 1536 he was charged with adultery along with four other accused, allegedly having had an incestuous relationship with his sister. The father Thomas Boleyn participated in the allegations against his own children, probably in order not to fall into disgrace himself. Jane Parker also incriminated the Boleyn siblings and assumed they had a sexual relationship. From today's perspective, it seems proven that the alleged incest was invented in order to achieve a certain conviction.

George Boleyn was on trial on May 15, 1536, just hours after his sister was sentenced. His death sentence was carried out by beheading in the Tower of London on May 17th. His sister Anne Boleyn died two days after him. No images of George Boleyn have survived; it is believed that these were destroyed after his execution.

The allegations against the Boleyn siblings were already questioned by contemporaries. But they also contained a religious component, since George Boleyn was an avowed Protestant, he was considered a criminal by conservative Catholic circles for a long time. When the widow Jane Parker was about to be executed herself in 1542, she confessed that she had lied about her husband: "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. " (God laid this shameful fate on me because I contributed to my husband's death. I falsely accused him of loving his sister Queen Anne Boleyn in disgrace. I deserved death for that.)

Thiele, Andreas: Plate 37
"Narrative genealogical family tables on European history, Volume IV The British Peerage, an extract"

around 1502

Lord George became Viscount Rochford, made a jealous and rapid career, became gentleman of the privy chamber and esquire of the king's body, governor of Cinque Ports and Dover, and royal secret council. He lived quite generously and boastfully and made quite careless statements. Georg was executed for "illicit intersourse" with his sister Anna (probably not true) and probably also for deviating religious views.

oo around 1526

Daughter of Lord Heinrich Morley
Lady of the Bedchamber from Anna Boleyn to Katharina Howard, is charged with the latter and also executed in 1542

Georg was taught with great care in all subjects that made him a perfect young nobleman. In addition to Latin and Greek, he also spoke French and especially Italian and studied mathematics, astronomy, rhetoric and theology. He was an excellent rider and already at the age of 16 of indescribable skill at the tournament. Georg clung to his younger sister with idolatrous love and both were inseparable for a short lifetime.In 1530 the king sent him to France as an ambassador.


around 1526
oo Johanna Parker, daughter of Lord Heinrich Morley
x around 1510
Executed February 13, 1542

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