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Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
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| Born 1473 - Died 25 August 1554 |
Character's Backstory: Oldest son of the 2nd Duke of Norfolk and his first wife Elizabeth Tilney. His sister was Elizabeth Howard, wife of Sir Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and mother of Anne Boleyn. He was initially brought to court as a page to Henry VII and then betrothed to Anne Plantagenet, daughter of Edward IV and niece to Richard III. He married her in 1495 and became brother-in-law to Elizabeth of York (Henry VIII's mother). At this point, he was landless and penniless until the death of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk in 1507. Anne also had nothing but her name and they survived on relatives until this time.
At the death of Henry VII in April 1509, he was named as one of the Lords Attendant for the funeral. On April 27, 1510, he was added to the Order of the Garter.
Thomas and his wife Anne had at least four children; none survived, and Anne died of consumption in 1512, leaving Thomas a childless widower after 17 years of marriage. He distinguished himself many times in battle, and was an able soldier. Circa 1512/13, when he was 40, he married the 19-year-old Elizabeth Stafford, daughter of Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham. She was an attendant to Queen Katherine of Aragon; her romance with Ralph Neville (later earl of Westmoreland) had been brushed aside.
He fought against the Scots at Flodden Field in 1514 as Earl of Surrey, when his father was still Duke of Norfolk. He succeeded his father in 1522 and led the opposition to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. He supported Henry VIII's divorce from Queen Katherine of Aragon and his marriage to his niece Anne Boleyn. But he later sat on the jury which found Anne guilty of treason. Despite being Catholic he conducted the campaign against the Pilgrimage of the Grace. He took possession of many religious houses during the dissolution of the monasteries. He was the godfather of Prince Edward Tudor.During these early days of the Reformation, he was considered the leader of the Catholic faction. He was instrumental in bringing down Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex.
After the execution in 1542 of another of his nieces, Katherine Howard, the King's 5th wife, his influence waned and he was back in the position of a mere military commander.
In 1546 he and his son Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey were charged with treason. Norfolk's son was a man of learning and often called "the Poet"; Surrey also had a reputation for skill at arms. He was charged with quartering the arms of Edward the Confessor with his own, which was like openly claiming the throne, and was executed. He was probably held in Beauchamp Tower. During King Henry VIII's last days, when his execution seemed imminent, Howard was deprived of all comforts, including books, sheets for his bed, and hangings for the damp stone walls above the west moat. Further, he was confined to a narrow cell on the upper floor and forbidden exercise in the outer chambers of the tower. His son's execution was carried out; however, the King died the day before his execution could be carried out and his sentence was commuted. He remained a prisoner all through Edward VI's reign. Howard was only released on Mary I's accession; at that time his dukedom was also restored. He led the forces against the Wyatt Rebellion.
The result of Norfolk's suppression of the Wyatt Rebellion was Princess Elizabeth Tudor's imprisonment in the Tower (although there was not enough evidence to convict her on treason, since she clearly had not been party to the rebels' precise intentions) and the execution of the Queen's cousin Lady Jane Grey. Norfolk died not long after the Wyatt Rebellion a very old man by Tudor standards (80 yrs old) and was succeeded by his grandson Thomas. His tomb is situated in Framlingham Church, Suffolk.
Position: 2nd Earl of Surrey, Lord High Admiral, Lord High Treasurer and Earl Marshal
Personality Type: Ambitious and rather insensitive to others.
He was conservative, unimpressed with the new ideas of reformers and uncomfortable with the low-born "new men" of the Tudor Court. Only joined with reformers or any religion that would bring him power and wealth. When he no longer had any use for them, he turned back to his old and staunch ways.
Signature Look: Conservative
The Venetian ambassador in 1531 described him as 'prudent, liberal, affable and astute: associates with everybody, has very great experience in political government, discusses the affairs of the world admirably...small and spare in person, his hair is black...'
A loyal and sincere friend to Thomas More, before More's downfall.
Selfish and untrustworthy. Put his own security before family loyalties. Arrogant, little caring of his relatives the Boleyn family. Careless also of what his actions might do to the families and welfare of others, just as long as they furthered the political or economic advancement of himself or his relatives.
When his nieces became Queens of King Henry VIII respectively, Norfolk took advantage of the position of both of them in turn to destroy his political rivals.
Upon the ascent of Anne Boleyn as Queen, Norfolk and her family destroyed Cardinal Thomas Wolsey.
Upon the ascent of Katherine Howard as Queen, Norfolk and his political allies destroyed Thomas Cromwell.
His affair with his wife's maid, Bess Holland, naturally caused an estrangement with his wife. The marriage was unhappy, allegedly because the duke flaunted his betrayal with Bess Holland. He beat his wife savagely when she protested.
Coat of Arms of the Howard Family
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Father : Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk
Mother: Elizabeth Tilney
Sister : Lady Elizabeth Howard (Anne Boleyn's mother)
Brother: Lord Edmund Howard (Katherine Howard's father)
Niece: Anne Boleyn (King Henry's ill-fated second wife)
Niece: Mary Boleyn
Nephew: George Boleyn
Niece: Katherine Howard (King Henry´s ill-fated fifth wife)
Son: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (poet)
Grandson: Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, executed for treason against Elizabeth I
Son-in-law: Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond
Anne of York, daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (died 1511).
Lady Elizabeth Stafford, daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Alianore Percy.
Children by Anne of York:
Son: Lord Thomas Howard (died 1508)
Children by Lady Elizabeth Stafford:
Son: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (poet). The Duke's oldest son by his second wife, Elizabeth Stafford.
Daughter: Lady Mary Howard, Duchess of Richmond (wife of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond)
Mistress: Elizabeth "Bess" Holland, his wife's maid and maid-of-honour to Queen Anne Boleyn.
At one time, The Boleyn family but that changed and as head of the catholic faction he joined with his enemy Cromwell to topple them.
Sir Thomas More
Bishop Stephen Gardiner
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Anyone who got in the way of his ambition.
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Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, by Hans Holbein
with Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire
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Located in Sussex and home to Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, as well as his descendants. Arundel Castle calls to mind the image of Windsor Castle, but on a smaller scale.
Made part of the Howard family estates upon its acquisition by Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk.
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|jamais.de.fin_boleyn||I dislike his real person (page: 1 2 3)||50||Dec 30 2010, 11:55 AM EST by MsSquirrly|
Thread started: Jan 22 2008, 8:46 PM EST Watch
Some historians & authors say it is this mans fault both his neices were beheaded because of his desire to have a Howard on the throne... If it's true then i hate him. He played his neices (Anne Boleynm Katherine Howard, Mary Boleyn, Jane Rockford) like stupid worthless pawns & steps on stairs. YUCKY! I'm glad women have more power now & are not considered to be just for family advancement. Thank god the man finally died. I hate how he used Anne especially.
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|Dagney||Duke of Norfol (played by Henry Czerny)||6||Jan 23 2009, 5:29 PM EST by beardedlady|
Thread started: Jan 23 2009, 6:51 AM EST Watch
I am wondering why Duke of Norfolk was not showed in the season 2 of Tudors?His role in first season was quite impressing, and I must admit that he was very good played by Henry Czerny.Anyway, the real Duke of Norfolk is very interesting character.He was ambitious and very self confident,he would do anything to achieve his goals.I think he didn't had any rules in his life - he was doing just what was comfortable and safe for him.I was really disappointed that the storyline for him ended so quickly in season 2.Too bad that in Tudors they didn't show Anne Boleyn's trial, which would be very interesting thing to see.
What do you think?
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