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Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire

Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Ormond (about 1477 - 12 March 1538/9), was born and buried at the family home, Hever Castle.

Through the connections of his extended family, he became one of Henry VIII's leading diplomats. Known missions were:

In between, he sacrificed the members of his family to win favors from King Henry VIII: He garnered honors by letting the king dally with his elder daughter Mary, then marry his younger daughter Anne. It's possible his wife (Elizabeth Howard, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Norfolk) had an affair with Henry, though Henry denied it.

Thomas was made earl of Ormond and Wiltshire on December 8 1529, probably due to Anne's relationship with the King.

Thomas acquiesced in the judicial murder of Anne and her brother George when the king discarded Anne in favor of Jane Seymour. The kindest assessment of him is that he was very much a product of the times.

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