Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, Earl of
Surrey, English statesman, the son of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1443-1524), and brother-in-law of Henry VII.
Howard was Lord High Admiral (1513), and helped defeat the Scots at Flodden Field (1513).
He became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1520). He was uncle to Anne Boleyn, but as Lord Steward presided over her trial for adultery (1536). He lost influence at court when another niece, Catherine Howard, was beheaded for adultery in 1542.
Throughout the reign of Edward VI he was imprisoned on suspicion of the treason for which Henry VIII had executed his eldest son, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, in 1547. He was released on the accession of Mary I in 1553.
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