30 April 1536 – Arguments and interrogations

Posted By on April 30, 2016

Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors

Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors

On Sunday 30th April 1536, according to Alexander Alesius, the Scottish theologian who was visiting the English court at Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had an argument. He couldn’t hear what it was about but it was clear to him that the King was angry.

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On that same day, court musician Mark Smeaton was arrested and taken to Thomas Cromwell’s house in Stepney to be interrogated. Within 24 hours he had confessed to having sex with the Queen on three separate occasions.

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Henry VIII and Queen Anne had been due to leave for a trip to Calais after the May Day celebrations, but at 11pm on 30th April this trip was cancelled and arrangements were made for the King to travel alone a week later. Hmmmm…

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