17 May 1536 – Five Executions on Tower Hill

| May 17, 2013

17 May 1536 – Five Executions on Tower Hill

“These bloody days have broken my heart”, wrote the famous Tudor poet, Thomas Wyatt, after witnessing the executions of the five men, and then Anne Boleyn, from his prison in the Tower of London’s Bell Tower. Those days of May 1536 were indeed “bloody” and the 17th May saw the executions of five men, all […]

16 May 1536 – George Boleyn, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton Prepare for Death

| May 16, 2013

16 May 1536 – George Boleyn, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton Prepare for Death

On this day in 1536, the five men condemned to death for high treason prepared for their executions, which were scheduled for the following day. Sir William Kingston wrote to Thomas Cromwell on 16th May regarding preparations for the building of the scaffold for Anne Boleyn’s execution and mentioning that the men were waiting to […]

12 May 1536 – The Trial of Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton

| May 12, 2013

12 May 1536 – The Trial of Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton

Things had moved incredibly fast in the spring of 1536, the fall of Anne Boleyn. The first arrest had taken place on 30th April and now, one day after the Grand Jury of Kent met at Deptford, four men were being tried for high treason. On 12th May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, […]

11 May 1536 – The Kent Indictment

| May 11, 2013

11 May 1536 – The Kent Indictment

The day after the Grand Jury of Middlesex met at Westminster, the Grand Jury of Kent met at Deptford in front of Sir John Baldwin (Chief Justice of the Common Pleas), Sir Walter Luke and five other Justices. Their task was to rule on the alleged crimes of Queen Anne Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir […]

2 May 1536 – To the Tower

| May 2, 2013

2 May 1536 – To the Tower

At dawn on 2nd May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Henry VIII’s Groom of the Stool and great friend, was taken to the Tower of London. He had been held at York Place overnight after being interrogated by the King, but “would confess nothing to the King.”1 Mark Smeaton had also been taken to the Tower, […]

1 May 1536 – The Fateful May Day Joust

| May 1, 2013

1 May 1536 – The Fateful May Day Joust

The May Day joust of 1st May 1536 should have been like every other May Day joust. It should have been a day of celebration, of fun and joy. Instead, it was to be the first outward sign that something was wrong in Tudor Paradise. Anne Boleyn sat watching the May Day jousting at Greenwich […]

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the Marmalade Cupboard and Dead Men’s Shoes

| April 29, 2013

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, the Marmalade Cupboard and Dead Men’s Shoes

It sounds like a weird game of Cluedo doesn’t it? Well, the spring of 1536 was a bit like a game of cluedo or a crime novels, lots of twists and turns, and alleged dirty deeds. According to Anne Boleyn, in a conversation she had with Mrs Stoner in the Tower, she had a run-in […]

Henry Norris and William Brereton – The Knighthood Confusion by Teri Fitzgerald

| February 1, 2013

Henry Norris and William Brereton – The Knighthood Confusion by Teri Fitzgerald

I know that I said the next myth-busting article would be on Anne Boleyn’s roots and family tree, but that will be next week. Today, we have a guest article from Anne Boleyn Files visitor Teri Fitzgerald regarding two of the men who were executed in May 1536 as a result of the fall of […]