Monday, December 16, 2013

Jane Boleyn

Born as Jane Parker in 1505 to an old and noble family, Jane would become Anne Boleyn’s sister-in-law in 1524 when she married the Count of Rochford, George Boleyn. However, the marriage was by no means a happy one and Jane played a role in bringing about her husband’s execution (as well as Queen Anne’s) by stating to the courts that she believed the two of them to have been involved in an incestuous affair.

Jane returned to court to serve under Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves and once again was instrumental in bringing about the end of a royal marriage when she testified that the Queen had confided in her that the marriage had never been consummated. Henry and Anne divorced, and Jane became a lady-in-waiting for his fifth Queen, Catherine Howard.

Queen Catherine and the Viscountess of Rochford got along very well, which led them both to disaster. To ease the young Queen’s boredom, Jane would arrange intimate meetings between Catherine and the handsome courtier Thomas Culpepper. This indecent and scandalous behavior was soon brought to light when a letter from Catherine to Culpepper was discovered, and within its pages the Countess was named.

Arrested and found guilty for treason along with the Queen and Culpepper, Jane Boleyn was beheaded by the axe immediately after Queen Catherine Howard was executed on February 13, 1542.


Jane Boleyn doll stands 11” tall and is dressed in an elegant long gown of blue velvet and embroidered ribbon with rabbit fur sleeves. She has small acrylic pearls adorning her bodice. Her decapitated head is held up by her hand and wears a matching headdress with black satin veil.

Jane has hand-painted features and the severed spinal bone and muscle is visible in the neck stump. Her large brown eyes are clouded over in a death stare. Jane’s decapitation by axe was a bit messy, so she is covered in the sprayed blood from her terrible ordeal.

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