Presentation Title

A Bloody Affair: Thomas Boleyn’s Political Influence on the English Religious Reformation

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Thomas Boleyn, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Mary Boleyn, Politics, Reformation

Biography

Jessica Meadows is a graduating senior double majoring in History and Political Science. She works for the Department of Education and the Arts and works with Charleston charities.

Major

Political Science

Advisor for this project

Jamie Warner

Start Date

21-4-2017 9:15 AM

End Date

21-4-2017 10:30 AM

Abstract

This research looks at the life of Thomas Boleyn, the father of Anne Boleyn the first publically executed Queen of England. In this research, I will argue that Thomas Boleyn used his political and personal influence to begin the religious reformation in England. He first attempted to sway Henry VIII with his eldest daughter, Mary, and failed. He next attempted to gain the kings attention with his younger daughter, Anne, and there he succeeded. His families political influence triggered the split between England and the Catholic Church and left the Protestant Nation surrounded by Catholic enemies. I will argue that Thomas Boleyn, a relatively new nobleman, used all influence possible to guide the direction of religious and political events taking place in England between 1522-1536.

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A Bloody Affair: Thomas Boleyn’s Political Influence on the English Religious Reformation

This research looks at the life of Thomas Boleyn, the father of Anne Boleyn the first publically executed Queen of England. In this research, I will argue that Thomas Boleyn used his political and personal influence to begin the religious reformation in England. He first attempted to sway Henry VIII with his eldest daughter, Mary, and failed. He next attempted to gain the kings attention with his younger daughter, Anne, and there he succeeded. His families political influence triggered the split between England and the Catholic Church and left the Protestant Nation surrounded by Catholic enemies. I will argue that Thomas Boleyn, a relatively new nobleman, used all influence possible to guide the direction of religious and political events taking place in England between 1522-1536.