27 January – The fate of the Gunpowder Plotters and the death of Sir Francis Drake

Posted By on January 27, 2022

On this day in history, 27th January 1606, in the reign of King James I, the eight surviving conspirators of the November 1605 Gunpowder Plot were tried at Westminster for high treason.

Why am I talking about something that happened during the reign of King James I, in the Stuart period? Well, because the Gunpowder Plot actually had its origins in Elizabeth I’s reign.

Find out more in this talk…

Also on this day in history, 27th January 1596, Sir Francis Drake died of dysentery in Portobelo harbour, Panama.

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Was Thomas Boleyn on the jury at Anne Boleyn’s trial?

Posted By on January 27, 2022

“How did Thomas Boleyn feel sitting in judgement on his children?” is a question that I was asked recently, and it’s one I’ve been asked before.

But did Thomas Boleyn even sit on the jury that tried Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford?

Find out what history tells us about the jury in this talk, or by reading the transcript below.

Transcript:

I was inspired to do this talk after I was interviewed on Anne Boleyn by a TV production company. I was asked how I thought Thomas Boleyn felt sitting in judgement on his daughter, Queen Anne Boleyn, and his son, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, in May 1536. I pointed out that he didn’t sit on the jury at their trials, and this caused some confusion.

I’ve been asked this before several times, and I often see comments on social media about Thomas being on the jury, but I can tell you categorically that he was not; we have the records, and his name does not appear in the list of men appointed to the jury.

But let me tell you about Thomas’s role in the bloody events of May 1536.

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26 January – Justice Spelman and Anne Boleyn’s trial, and Mary I writes to Elizabeth

26 January – Justice Spelman and Anne Boleyn’s trial, and Mary I writes to Elizabeth

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25 January – Bonfires, torches, bells ringing… and the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

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24 January – Can jousting heal the problems between Englishmen and Spaniards? and Henry VIII’s Jousting Accident

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23 January – Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange and the death of Ferdinand II

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21 January – Henry Howard’s madding time and the Act of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn

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On the night of this day in Tudor history, 21st January 1543, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Thomas Wyatt the Younger and several other youths went on a five-hour rampage in London. Surrey regretted his actions, calling that night “a madding time”, but the king and the privy council took it seriously. Find out what […]

19 January – Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

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