Elizabeth Boleyn (nee: Howard), Countess of Wilshire

Started by <private> Sutherland on Monday, May 21, 2012


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<private> Sutherland
5/21/2012 at 2:19 AM

She was Anne Boleyn's mother, and Elizabeth I of England's Grandmother, yet she had no known portrait made, and little is known, regarding her and her daughters relationship (to my knowledge), I mean - if I were King, I'm sure my mother would be a big role in my life, so why is Elizabeth rarely mentioned in documentaries etc, and history; was she in attendance to her daughters wedding, granddaughters birth/christening, and did she attend the execution of Anne, and George? - and what about her relationship with Mary Boleyn/Carey, and her own parents/ step-mother.

5/21/2012 at 3:25 PM

Now that's a very interesting question Jethro. It's been a long time since I read the Alison Weir biography and I just skimmed the Wikipedia article. She seems to have been educated, beautiful and ambitious. What do you make of her?

<private> Sutherland
5/22/2012 at 3:17 AM

Elizabeth Boleyn (Howard), was a descendant of Edward I, mother of three prominent children, and mother and Grandmother to two Queen's of England, with a large prominent family- I don't understand why she is absent from so much history, and why she allowed such atrocities to take place; why, being the mother of the Queen, and relative of such powerful people, did she allow two of three of her children to be executed, why did she not rebel, and start a revolution, etc against her son-in-law, why did she absence herself.

I believe she would have been a powerful person, but for some reason, is absent from record.

Even Katherine Parr's mother Maude Parr (Green) is known, so why so little on Elizabeth Boleyn (Carey)?

I find it so odd~

<private> Sutherland
5/22/2012 at 3:18 AM


5/24/2012 at 4:08 PM

And perhaps that's because of our "view" of the record? By comparison with other noble Tudor women? Clearly she kept herself out of the "spotlight" her daughters perhaps sought - yet they would have been prepared for it by her. I recall the Boleyns being considered extremely ambitious and that in fact was the cause of some of Anne's difficulties. I did read that Mary Boleyn's behavior did not meet either mother or sister approval.

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