15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, are tried

Posted By on May 15, 2016

anne boleyn portrait by john hoskinsOn 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried in separate trials in the King’s Hall at the Tower of London.

As members of the aristocracy, the Boleyn siblings had been given the privilege of being tried by a jury of their peers, presided over by their uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, as Lord High Steward.

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3 thoughts on “15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, are tried”

  1. Globerose says:

    The Queen said she believed, “…there was some other reason for which she was condemned than the cause alleged.” To what (do you think) was she referring ?

    1. Clare says:

      Possibly her failure to have a son and, more specifically, Henry’s affection for Jane Seymour. It was an articulate way of proclaiming the hypocrisy of the charade.

  2. Stephen Hart says:

    Maybe it was her fight for the proceeds of the dissolution to be used for the ordinary people, rather than Henry’s pocket, that most maddened him and Cromwell.

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