18 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Execution Postponed

| May 18, 2011

18 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s Execution Postponed

We were all expecting for Queen Anne Boleyn to be executed at 9 o’clock this morning by the famous Sword of Calais, the French executioner who has apparently been ordered, but we have now learned that it has been postponed until tomorrow morning. According to our sources, it was first postponed until noon and when […]

Shall I Die Without Justice?

| May 7, 2011

Shall I Die Without Justice?

On entering the Tower on the 2nd May 1536, after her arrest, Queen Anne Boleyn asked Sir William Kingston “Shall I die without justice?”, to which Sir William Kingston responded “The poorest subject the King has, has justice”. But is this true? Will Queen Anne receive justice? Here at The Anne Boleyn Files, we’re not […]

5 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s State of Mind

| May 5, 2011

5 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s State of Mind

Back to the present day (no Lady Claire or Sir Tim) and a look at Anne Boleyn’s state of mind on this day in 1536, three days after her arrest and two weeks before her execution. Unfortunately, Sir William Kingston’s report to Cromwell on that day was badly damaged in the AshburnamHouse fire of 1731 […]

29th April 1536 – Mark Smeaton Moons Over Queen Anne Boleyn

| April 29, 2011

29th April 1536 – Mark Smeaton Moons Over Queen Anne Boleyn

You may well have seen the latest news from “The Spanish Chronicle” regarding Queen Anne hiding her musician, Mark Smeaton, in her marmalade cupboard and then spending the night with him, but here at The Anne Boleyn Files we would just like to point out that there is absolutely no evidence to back up this […]

Cruelly Handled – Anne Boleyn in the Tower

| May 4, 2010

Cruelly Handled – Anne Boleyn in the Tower

As I have previously said, Sir William Kingston, the Constable of the Tower of London, was ordered to make regular reports to Cromwell regarding Anne Boleyn’s imprisonment in the Tower. Obviously, Anne could say things that her enemies could use against her and for that reason her ladies in the Tower were appointed by Cromwell […]

From Tennis to Tower – Anne Boleyn is Arrested

| May 2, 2010

From Tennis to Tower – Anne Boleyn is Arrested

At dawn on the 2nd May 1536 Henry Norris, Henry VIII’s Groom of the Stool and great friend, was taken to the Tower of London. Mark Smeaton had also been taken there and Chapuys wrote to Charles V on the 2nd May telling him that:- “The Concubine’s brother, named Rochefort, has also been lodged in […]

May 18, 1536 – The Day of Anne’s Execution Dawns, or Does it?

| May 18, 2009

May 18, 1536 – The Day of Anne’s Execution Dawns, or Does it?

Anne Boleyn’s execution was scheduled for 9am on the 18th May, one day after the executions of her brother, George Boleyn, and the other four men accused of treason. It is said that Anne prepared for her execution by praying into the early hours with her almoner and then taking communion with Kingston just before […]