George Boleyn

George Boleyn has gone down in history as being the brother of the ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, and for being executed for treason, after being found guilty of incest and of conspiring to kill the King.

This biography allows George to step out of the shadows and brings him to life as a court poet, royal favourite, keen sportsman, talented diplomat and loyal brother. Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway chart his life from his spectacular rise in the 1520s to his dramatic fall and tragic end in 1536.

Videos about George Boleyn

November 11 - A stressed George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

On this day in Tudor history, 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. The purpose of the diplomatic mission he ...was leading was to renew Anglo-French relations.

George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, had been put in charge of meeting the admiral and escorting him on his journey from the south coast to London, but it was no easy task. The admiral did not make things easy at all, and George was rather stressed about the situation.

Find out what happened, and how and why the ambassador's visit was bad news all round for the Boleyns, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway.

Book recommendation - George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat by Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 11th November 1541, the feast of Martinmas, King Henry VIII’s council sent Archbishop Thomas Cranmer a letter containing instructions to move Queen Catherine Howard from Hampton Court Palace to Syon House, formerly Syon Abbey.
Find out more about the instructions that Cranmer was given, what the queen was sent for her time at Syon, what else happened on this day in 1541, and hear some trivia about the people in charge of Catherine's household at Syon, in last year’s video -

Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for those who love Tudor history. There, you can learn from Claire and many other expert historians and authors, enjoy Tudor-focused magazines and live Q&A sessions with experts, and have access to all kinds of talks, articles, quizzes, virtual tours and more. Try it with a 14-day free trial -

Claire has written some bestselling Tudor history books:

On This Day in Tudor History -
The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown -
George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat -
The Anne Boleyn Collection -
The Anne Boleyn Collection II -
The Anne Boleyn Collection III -
The Life of Anne Boleyn Colouring Books -

Claire has also done an online history course, The Life of Anne Boleyn, for -

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