His son, Edmund Howard was father to Catherine, Henry VIII’s 5th wife while his daughter, Elizabeth who had married Thomas Boleyn, had a daughter, Anne, making Thomas grandfather to two of Henry VIII’s wives and great grandfather to Elizabeth I.
Henry VIII’s determination to make his mark was shown in June 1513 when he sailed to France, his heart set on invading the country and extending his own kingdom.
After Edward IV’s death in 1483, the Howard family supported Richard III who became king.
He granted them additional lands, as well as conferring the title of Duke of Norfolk on Thomas’ father and Earl of Surrey on Thomas.
Surrey mustered troops from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Northumberland in Newcastle, with his son, Thomas bringing additional troops by sea.
At the beginning of September 1513, the troops travelled northwards towards the border to meet King James IV’s army who had already captured Norham Castle, crossed the River Tweed into Northumberland and were near Branxton and the Milfield Plain ready for battle.
They both fought for the king at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 which saw the defeat of Richard and the effective end of the War of the Roses with the ascent of the Tudor, Henry VII to the throne.