30 April 1536 – Mark Smeaton is Seized!
Posted By Claire on April 30, 2011
More breaking news!
Sir Tim Ridgway has just sent The Anne Boleyn Files an urgent message saying that Mark Smeaton has been seized and taken to Thomas Cromwell’s house in Stepney.
Nothing more is known but court gossip is that someone told Cromwell of Queen Anne Boleyn’s conversation with Smeaton yesterday – see “29th April 1536 – Mark Smeaton Moons Over Anne Boleyn”. Either that or Cromwell is a secret reader of that gutter press, “The Spanish Chronicle”.
Of course, we all know that there is no truth to the whole “Mark Smeaton with the Marmalade in the Cupboard” scandal and there were plenty of witnesses to Her Majesty reprimanding the sulky Smeaton yesterday. Let us hope that Cromwell gives the surly youth a good telling off!
More news just in…
Alexander Alesius has just informed Sir Tim that there has been a “protracted conference of the council” and that it is “most obvious to everyone that some deep and difficult question was being discussed.”
Now, we all know that Cromwell has had 4 days of meeting with Dr Richard Sampson, Dean of the Chapel Royal, and that writs for Parliament have been issued but we just don’t know why. None of our informers know what’s going on. We will, of course, keep you updated as news comes in.
- Calendar of State Papers Foreign, Elizabeth, Volume 1: 1558-1559, 1303, Letter from Alexander Ales to Queen Elizabeth I, 1st September 1559
- The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, Eric Ives, p320
4 thoughts on “30 April 1536 – Mark Smeaton is Seized!”
It’s tough to be a musician these days. You can’t speak to people without becoming the object of gossip and now you can be taken by Cromwell to his house. I doubt it was a lunch invitation. You usually do not seize your guests for a nice lunch. One only wonders what Cromwell is really up to.
How much space is there in a marmalade cupboard?
I like Robert’s question since I do not own a marmalade cupboard or have even seen one. I am thinking of little jars of a fruit spread that you put on bread So if it contains small items like that, than my cat might fit in it LOL!
I would think that it was more like a small room or a cubbyhole that was used for preserves and sweetmeats, but I don’t know for sure.