The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Richard Cromwell

| May 22, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Richard Cromwell

In today’s post, Teri Fitzgerald continues her examination of the family of Thomas Cromwell, the protagonist of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, by looking at Cromwell’s nephew Richard Cromwell. Thank you to Teri for a wonderful series of articles, I know I’m enjoying them. Richard Williams alias Cromwell, was born around […]

19 May 1536 – A terrifying vision

| May 19, 2015

19 May 1536 – A terrifying vision

Something strange happened in the early hours of the day Queen Anne Boleyn was executed. While Anne prepared herself for death by praying and celebrating the Mass with her almoner, Scottish theologian Alexander Alesius (Ales) had a terrible vision or nightmare. Alesius was in London at the time and although he was aware of the […]

In Memory of Five Innocent Men – 17 May 1536

| May 17, 2015

In Memory of Five Innocent Men – 17 May 1536

I sometimes feel that Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, Mark Smeaton and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, get forgotten about. On social media, there are often pleas to get Anne Boleyn pardoned or moved from St Peter ad Vincula, and visitors take flowers to her resting place on 19th May each year, but […]

17 May 1536 – These bloody days have broken my heart

| May 17, 2015

17 May 1536 – These bloody days have broken my heart

The famous Tudor poet Thomas Wyatt the Elder wrote two poems about the executions he witnessed in 1536 from his prison in the Bell Tower of the Tower of London. In one, he wrote of how “These bloody days have broken my heart” and I am always moved by those words and the refrain at […]

13 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s household is broken up

| May 13, 2015

13 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s household is broken up

On 13th May 1536, Sir William Fitzwilliam, Treasurer of the King’s Household, and Sir William Paulet, Comptroller of the Household, broke up the Queen’s household at Greenwich and discharged her staff.1 Anne had not even been tried yet, but four of her alleged lovers and conspirators had been found guilty so her guilt was a […]

13 May 1536 – Henry Percy won’t play ball

| May 13, 2015

13 May 1536 – Henry Percy won’t play ball

On this day in history, 13th May 1536, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, the man Anne Boleyn had hoped to marry in around 1523, wrote to Thomas Cromwell: “I perceive by Raynold Carnaby that there is supposed a pre-contract between the Queen and me; whereupon I was not only heretofore examined upon my oath before […]

12 May 1536 – Norris, Brereton, Smeaton and Weston tried at Westminster Hall

| May 12, 2015

12 May 1536 – Norris, Brereton, Smeaton and Weston tried at Westminster Hall

On 12th May 1536, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, escorted Sir Henry Norris, William Brereton, Mark Smeaton and Sir Francis Weston by barge from the Tower of London to Westminster. The four men were brought before a special commission of oyer and terminer at Westminster Hall and arraigned for high treason. […]

12 May 1536 – Appointment of Lord High Steward of England

| May 12, 2015

12 May 1536 – Appointment of Lord High Steward of England

On 12th May 1536, a patent was issued appointing Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, as Lord High Steward of England for the forthcoming trials of Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. He had served in that position before, at the trial of Lord Dacre in June 1534. Norfolk was the siblings’ uncle, […]