Mark Smeaton

I wrote a series of three articles about Mark Smeaton, the man who confessed to adultery with Anne Boleyn and who was executed on 17th May along with Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, Sir William Brereton and Lord Rochford:-

  • Mark Smeaton Part 1 – Covers how Mark rose from humble beginnings to being a member of Anne Boleyn’s inner circle.
  • Mark Smeaton Part 2 – Mark Smeaton’s role in Anne Boleyn’s fall and the Boleyn faction, and how his life ended.
  • Mark Smeaton the Scrupulous? – A look at Mark Smeaton’s confession and whether he was scrupulous and saw sin where there was none. Did he consider lustful thoughts as adultery and that’s why he confessed?

10 thoughts on “Mark Smeaton”

  1. matt boehm says:

    How could he ( mark Smeaton ) be guilty of carnal relations to Anne when he was GAY
    je should of admitted that instead of lying

    1. Claire says:

      Hi Matt,
      Thank you for your comment but there’s actually no evidence at all that Mark was gay.

    2. Cotterj says:

      why do you think he was gay?

    3. Hayl says:

      Hi, there’s no evidence at all that Mr. Smeaton wa homosexual – add on to that, ho long would you hold out saying that you were innocent, even if you were, when you were being ruthlessly tortured for days/weeks on end. He’d have confessed just for the mercy of death. 🙁

  2. Mark Smeaton says:

    “”The Tudors: Tears of Blood (#2.2)” (2008)
    Mark Smeaton: Mistress Boleyn! You must feel so excited to be back in France, after all your little adventures here.
    Mary Boleyn: Tut, Mark. You ought to remember that I’m still in mourning for my poor husband.
    Mark Smeaton: Well, I wouldn’t have called him poor. Dull, certainly.
    Mary Boleyn: And impotent.
    Mark Smeaton: Really?
    Mary Boleyn: I can’t wait to ride some young French stallion while I’m here.
    Mark Smeaton: Well, between you and me, neither can I! ”

    : )

  3. FabNayNay says:

    Though I loved the show, ‘The Tudors’, we do have to remember, it’s not the most accurate on some points. So, are there any other things recorded about Mark Smeaton that would indicate he may have been gay? I’ve never read too much about him, other than his involvement in Anne trial and all. Thanks for any info you may have on this. 🙂

  4. Denmal says:

    Poor Mark. He was a side show. A good entertainer but never the star. A pawn in a deadly plot. I truly feel sadness for the guy. If you were not of so called noble birth, you were a nobody. A mere tool to be used by anyone. As someone suggested, he never got within several feet of Anne Boleyn, if she ever looked at him it was the highest compliment the man would have received. Mark was set up by Cromwell and others. I don’t believe he did anything wrong except being carried away by mere fantasies sometimes. Mark, you were not guilty. You where there in the wrong place at the wrong time that’s all.

  5. Christine says:

    Mark Smeaton was used to bring Anne down, he was questioned by Thomas Cromwell at his home in Stepney and probably was very excited to be invited to the home of Henrys chief minister little thinking what awaited him there, historians are divided as to what actually happened there but all agree that some pressure was put on him as he confessed to sleeping with the Queen, possibly he was threatened with the rack, Cromwell then had him sent to the Tower, he was low born and therefore was the right target for Cromwell to pick on as he would not have dared interrogate and threaten torture on Francis Weston Brereton and Wyatt, who were all nobleman the latter being his close friend anyway, Henry had asked Norris outright if he had slept with Anne which shocked him no end and the King did not believe his protestations of innocence, why he never did is a mystery to me as he had been a close friend of his for many years, yet he did not believe him and also had him sent to the Tower, poor Mark was an unwilling tool in bringing down the whole Boleyn faction and ever since has been condemned for doing so yet it was Cromwell the master puppeteer who pulled the strings, and who was responsible for the deaths of a crowned Queen and five innocent men in one of the most diabolical plots ever in English history.

  6. Katherine says:

    What I would like to know is what truly caused Anne’s two miscarriages.
    Was she poisoned, or were they natural?

    And does anyone else think that Henry’s “sweet, pure Jane” wasn’t really as sweet or as pure as she seemed?

    1. Banditqueen says:

      There is no evidence that Anne Boleyn was poisoned. It does appear that her two tragic miscarriages were natural, as sadly were so many in those days. The cause for the first is unknown but the stress and shock regarding the way that she may have been that Henry had just been seriously injured in a fall in the jousts in January 1536. Now one source has Norfolk inform Anne abruptly, but the main sources dont, but it must have been a shock none the less. Because Anne actually miscarried about five days later of the future son, Chapyus doubts that the fall had anything to do with this. Anne actually miscarried on the day of Katherine of Aragons funeral, but Chapyus knows nothing about a woman’s body so his comment is an opinion only. Few people knew what caused a miscarriage, but it is also reported that Anne found Jane Seymour on her husband’s knee and became very distressed. We cannot know for sure, but the combination of worry, stress, fear and anger plus shock may have caused her second miscarriage. It was not a known science but various foods, activities, loud noises and even startling sights were said to be the cause of a miscarriage. For this reason when a lady withdrew to have her children a month before the birth, the room was as quiet as possible, the windows covered to keep out odours and sights and diseases that may harm the mother, the tapestries only had pleasant things on them, as a startling sight could scare the mother and deform the child, plus the mother was given spiced wine and complete rest. Miscarriages were also blamed on the mother, although Henry did express great grief at this loss. The latter resulting in a breach between the couple, although some evidence suggests that Anne and Henry were reconciled and Henry promoted Anne as his legal wife even in April that year. Hope this helps.

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