8 May 1536 – The way of the world

May8,2018 #8 May 1536

Sorry for the depressing title, but every year when it gets to this day in my countdown of the fall of Anne Boleyn I feel very sad.

By 8th May 1536, Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, George Boleyn, Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt had all been arrested and taken to the Tower of London. Obviously, the arrests of the queen and these influential men, many of them royal favourites, had come as a shock to many, but others got over their shock quickly and were rubbing their hands with glee. The fall of these people would mean that grants, offices and lands would need new homes and owners – oh goody!

So, who were the people clamouring over these spoils like vultures?

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