30 April 1536 – A court musician is arrested and interrogated

Posted By on April 30, 2018

On this day in history, 30th April 1536, Mark Smeaton, a court musician, was arrested and taken to be interrogated by Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s main secretary and adviser, at his house in Stepney.

We do not know what happened to Smeaton in during the time he spent in that house, but within 24 hours he had confessed to having a sexual relationship with Queen Anne Boleyn…

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Picture: Max Fowler as Mark Smeaton in the BBC TV series Wolf Hall.