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  29 For example, Warnicke: The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn; Claremont

  30 For example, Loades: The Six Wives of Henry VIII; Plowden: The Other Boleyn Girl; Wilkinson: Mary Boleyn

  31 Not her son, Henry, as Hart states.

  32 Round is incorrect in asserting that Hunsdon was mistaken here, and that Boleyn was created Lord Rochford to him and his heirs male, and Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond to him and his heirs general; the earldom of Wiltshire was granted to him in tail male, the others in tail general; see The Complete Peerage.

  33 Calendar of State Papers, Foreign Series, of the Reign of Elizabeth

  34 Round

  35 The Complete Peerage; Broadway. On the death of Queen Elizabeth in March 1603, George Carey became sole heir to Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond, and when he died without male issue six months later, his daughter Katherine Carey inherited his claim to the earldom. When she died in 1635, her son, George Berkeley, born in 1613, succeeded her in her apparent right to the earldom of Ormond, even though that earldom was in fact still held by the Butlers.

  36 Ms. in the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey

  37 Tallis; Bernard: Anne Boleyn; Sergeant

  38 Sergeant

  39 The Complete Peerage; Starkey: Six Wives

  40 Ives; Calendar of the Close Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office: Henry VII. I am indebted to Douglas Richardson for kindly drawing my attention to this reference.

  41 Barbara Harris

  42 Ibid.

  43 As before, I am grateful to Douglas Richardson for this information.

  44 Ives

  45 Warnicke: “Anne Boleyn’s Childhood”

  46 Warnicke: The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn; Wilkinson: Mary Boleyn

  47 Bell. For a fuller discussion of the examination of the bones, see Weir: The Lady in the Tower.

  48 For example, Warnicke: The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn; Jones

  49 The best source is The Complete Peerage.

  50 Paget: “The Youth of Anne Boleyn”; Warnicke: ‘Anne Boleyn’s Childhood.” For the full text of the letter, in context, see p. 51–52.

  51 Ives; Bernard: Fatal Attractions

  52 S. C.

  53 Round

  54 Plowden: The Other Boleyn Girl

  55 Powell

  56 Hughes

  57 Powell

  58 Ibid.; Mongello

  59 Powell states that Mary Boleyn was born around March 25, 1498, “at the same time as the Princess Mary,” but the latter had been born two years earlier.

  60 Powell

  61 Brewer, in L. & P.; The Complete Peerage

  62 Somerset: Ladies in Waiting; Hoskins; Hackett; Williams: Henry VIII and His Court. Tunis has Mary born in 1504 at “Hever Castle in Chilton Foliat,” but Hever is in Kent, not Wiltshire, while Chilton Foliat was possibly the birthplace of Mary’s first husband, William Carey.

  63 Warnicke: The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn

  64 Bernard: Anne Boleyn

  65 Metrical Visions

  66 Ambassades en Angleterre de Jean du Bellay

  67 Powell

  68 Blomefield

  69 Ibid.; Griffiths; Shelley

  70 L. & P.

  71 The Rutland Papers

  72 Calendar of Patent Rolls: Henry VII: 1485–1509

  73 Calendar of the Close Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office: Henry VII; Griffiths; Norwich Cathedral: Church, City and Diocese, 1096–1996

  74 Calendar of Patent Rolls: Henry VII: 1485–1509; Calendar of the Close Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office: Henry VII; L. & P.; Blomefield. Sir William’s will is given in Testimenta Vetusta.

  75 Calendar of Patent Rolls: Henry VII: 1485–1509

  76 Calendar of the Close Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office: Henry VII, where he is described as “late of Blickling, Co. Norfolk.”

  77 Blomefield

  78 L. & P. This overturns John Newman’s assertion that Hever was never the Boleyns’ chief residence, as they did nothing to “transform their house into a worthy expression of their ambitions.” But the works at Hever carried out by Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, and, more importantly, by Sir Thomas, prove rather the contrary. Moreover, there are very few references to Thomas Boleyn being in Norfolk during the reign of Henry VIII.

  79 Norton: Anne Boleyn

  80 Cited by Norris.


  ALISON WEIR is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth, and several historical biographies, including Queen Isabella, Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Lives of Henry VIII. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband and two children.

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