Which of the supposed lovers of Anne Boleyn is believed to have been of Flemish origin, and had Anne Boleyn any links with Flanders herself?
#96814. Asked by Flem-ish. (Jun 20 08 9:30 AM)
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In the last few days of April, a Flemish musician in Anne's service named Mark Smeaton was arrested and tortured by Thomas Cromwell. He initially denied that he was the queen’s lover, but under torture he confessed. Three other men were tried and they denied their guilt and swore that Boleyn was also innocent.
The name Smeaton may be a corruption of Flemish Smet or Desmedt (blacksmith). But also the name Boleyn has been said to point to a city in France which at a given time had been part of the County of Flanders (a bilingual area by the way).
Boulogne is spelled as Boleyn in the Chronicles of Calais. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pillagoda/ch8-01.htm
The Golden Falcon
Jun 20 08, 10:29 AM
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