15th May 1536 – The Trials of Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn

Posted By on May 15, 2012

On this day in history, 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried for treason in the Great Hall of the Tower of London in front of a jury of their peers.

As you know, I have been researching Anne Boleyn’s life and fall for over three years now, but, even though I know her story well and I have read the primary sources many times, the shock I feel at these miscarriages of justice never fades. Anne, George, Smeaton, Weston, Norris and Brereton had no hope of justice, did they? There was no escape and their guilt was definitely a foregone conclusion.

I will be writing more on this later in the week, but you can read details of Anne and George’s trials in my article over at The Fall of Anne Boleyn timeline – click here.