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George Boleyn brother-in-law of Henry VIII



Born in 1504, George was the only surviving son of the Boleyn family. He served as a courtier and nobleman for King Henry VIII. George Boleyn, with his good looks and talent made place for himself in King Henry's court at a very young age. His sister Anne Boleyn was married to King Henry and also served as the Queen of England from 1533 to 1536.

Life of George Boleyn brother-in-law of Henry VIII

George Boleyn, also known as Viscount Rochford was born in Blicking Hall, Norfolk in England to Sir Thomas Boleyn and Lady Elizabeth Howard. It is said that he was very close to both his sisters Anne and Mary. George did quite well in his career as a diplomat and also could also speak French. George was married to Jane Parker in 1525 at the age of 20.

It is said that he wasn't very happy and Jane used to be jealous of the close relationship that George had with his sister Anne. George was convicted of incest for which Jane was the one who supplied evidence of "undue familiarity" between Anne and George Boleyn to Thomas Cromwell that was used at the trial.

Henry VIII's brother-in-law George Boleyn and his siblings

George used to spend most of his time with his sisters Anne and Mary. He had an unhappy love life and was only married to Jane Parker because of his family. He would spend many nights with his sisters in Anne's rooms, since he refused to sleep with his wife. At times even Mary used to jealous of the close relationship that George and Anne had. Hence she stayed out of all the controversies that surrounded her siblings and focused more on her family.

The Execution of George Boleyn

It is often said that Anne witnessed the execution of her beloved brother and of the other men accused alongside her. The highest ranking, being George Boleyn, faced the axe first but only after he had delivered a very long speech. At her own execution, Lady Jane Rochford claimed that "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."


   
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