6 May 1536 – A Letter from the Tower by Sandra Vasoli

| May 6, 2016

6 May 1536 – A Letter from the Tower by Sandra Vasoli

A big welcome to my dear friend Sandra Vasoli, author of Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower: A New Assessment , Struck with the dart of love: Je Anne Boleyn Book 1 and the forthcoming Truth Endures: Je Anne Boleyn Book 2, who has written this guest article for us today. Thank you, Sandi! Today, […]

5 May 1536 – Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Richard Page and Sir Francis Bryan

| May 5, 2016

5 May 1536 – Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Richard Page and Sir Francis Bryan

You may have heard that five men were executed on 17th May 1536 after being found guilty of high treason for sleeping with Queen Anne Boleyn and plotting with her to kill the King, but did you know that three other men were implicated in her fall? These men were Anne’s relative, Sir Francis Bryan; […]

4 May 1536 – Jane Boleyn sends a message of comfort to her husband

| May 4, 2016

4 May 1536 – Jane Boleyn sends a message of comfort to her husband

Around 4th May 1536, in his daily report to Thomas Cromwell, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, wrote of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, sending a message to her husband, George, who was imprisoned in the Tower. Kingston’s letters to Cromwell were damaged in a fire in 1731 at Ashburnam House, but they […]

3 May 1536 – A shocked Archbishop Cranmer writes to the King

| May 3, 2016

3 May 1536 – A shocked Archbishop Cranmer writes to the King

On Wednesday 3rd May 1536, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who had travelled back to Lambeth Palace from Knole (his country residence) after being summoned back to court, wrote a letter to King Henry VIII: “Have come to Lambeth, according to Mr. Secretary’s letters, to know your Grace’s pleasure. Dare not, contrary to the said letters, presume […]

2 May 1536 – The arrests of Queen Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford

| May 2, 2016

2 May 1536 – The arrests of Queen Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford

On the morning of Tuesday 2nd May 1536, Sir Henry Norris was escorted to the Tower of London. He had been interrogated the previous day by the King himself and George Constantine, one of Norris’s servants, wrote of how the King “promised him his pardon in case he would utter the truth” but that “Mr. […]

1 May 1536 – An abandoned May Day joust

| May 1, 2016

1 May 1536 – An abandoned May Day joust

On 1st May 1536, King Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, attended the traditional May Day joust at Greenwich Palace. The joust started well. George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, the Queen’s brother, led the challengers and Sir Henry Norris, Groom of the Stool, led the defenders. At one point, Norris’s horse refused to […]

30 April 1536 – Arguments and interrogations

| April 30, 2016

30 April 1536 – Arguments and interrogations

On Sunday 30th April 1536, according to Alexander Alesius, the Scottish theologian who was visiting the English court at Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had an argument. He couldn’t hear what it was about but it was clear to him that the King was angry. Read more… On that same day, court musician […]

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris and Mark Smeaton

| April 29, 2016

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris and Mark Smeaton

On Saturday 29th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had two separate encounters with two courtiers who would end up being accused of sleeping with her and of plotting the King’s death with her. The first encounter was with Mark Smeaton, a groom of the privy chamber, a court musician and a man who had been […]