Friday, 16 July 2010
Anne Boleyn's mother
Above: Kristin Scott-Thomas as Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Ormonde in the movie The Other Boleyn Girl (for my review of the movie, click here.)
"There are many people in history whose stories have been lost in time. Although we know about the exploits of Thomas, Mary, George, and Anne Boleyn, by all accounts little is known about the wife and mother of the infamous Boleyn family. How did she feel about her daughter Mary’s reputation? Did she support Anne’s relationship with Henry VIII? Did she watch her children’s executions at the Tower? What happened to her in the aftermath of the scandal that ruined her family? Just who was Elizabeth Boleyn?"
Claire Ridgeway's The Anne Boleyn Files has posted Sheena Reekie's thoughts on the enigma of Anne's mother, Elizabeth Howard, Countess of Ormonde and Wiltshire.
I have been researching Elizabeth heavily for my own work on Anne's life and legend and I will at some point post some of my thoughts about this least-known of a famous family. However, I'm pleased that someone else has picked up on the fact that Elizabeth chose to be buried in the Howard burial ground, rather than next to her husband, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Ormonde and Wiltshire. It suggests to me that the couple's marriage broke-down irretrievably following the executions of their two youngest children.