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17 May 1536 – The Execution of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

| May 17, 2011

17 May 1536 – The Execution of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

Today is an awful day, a bloody day, a shocking day. Today has seen the brutal executions of five innocent members of the Tudor Court: Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, George Boleyn (Lord Rochford) and Mark Smeaton. The only good news is that all five men were beheaded rather than hanged, drawn and […]

17th May 1536 -The Deaths of 5 Men and a Marriage Destroyed

| May 17, 2010

17th May 1536 -The Deaths of 5 Men and a Marriage Destroyed

On the 17th May 1536, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, Mark Smeaton, William Brereton and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford were led out of the Tower of London to a scaffold which had been erected on Tower Hill. I cannot imagine how they felt as they surveyed the scene and realised that death was closing in […]

George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Part 3

| December 21, 2009

George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Part 3

In last week’s post on George Boleyn, I examined the beginning of George Boleyn’s downfall, his arrest and the role that his wife, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, had in the downfalls of both George and Anne Boleyn. Today, I’m going to continue George’s story to its tragic end. The Case Against George Boleyn George Boleyn […]

May 17, 1536 – Executions of George Boleyn and Others

| May 17, 2009

On this day in 1536, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and George Boleyn were all beheaded by axe on Tower Hill. The first four had all been sentenced to hanging, drawing and quartering, but the King commuted their sentences to beheading. Thomas Wyatt reported that George Boleyn made a speech defending […]