The Boleyns were riding high, with their girl on the throne, when the Seymours saw their chance at the top spot. In spite of the Boleyn's close connection to the powerful Duke of Norfolk, and with not a little interference from the mighty Cromwell, two of the infamous Boleyn siblings ended up dispatched by the executioner.
But both Thomas and Edward ended up on the block eventually too.
The spirit of competition may be alive and kicking but beware where it may lead!
Don't you just love a right royal tussle? Pippa Middleton threw down of the ping-pong gauntlet to Boris Johnson yesterday with a cry of 'bring it on', in a bid to find out which family is the more competitive. I was reminded of the Boleyns and the Seymours scrapping for supremacy in the reign of Henry VIII.
Henry's affections then turned to Jane, giving the Seymours their moment in the sun. Jane Seymour may have died in childbirth after only a few months as queen but she left a male heir in the Tudor line, trumping everyone. The Seymour brothers basked in glory for the remains of Henry's reign, with Edward becoming Lord Protector when his nephew came to the throne.
Middleton or Johnson?
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