April 29 – Queen Anne Boleyn, a musician and a groom of the stool

Posted By on April 29, 2022

On 29th April 1536, three days before her arrest, Queen Anne Boleyn had encounters with two courtiers who would eventually be executed for allegedly sleeping with her and plotting with her to kill her husband, King Henry VIII.

Find out about Sir Henry Norris, the king’s groom of the stool and friend, and musician Mark Smeaton, and what happened when Anne encountered them on this day in 1536…

Also on this day in Tudor history…

29th April 1567 (some sources suggest 26th), James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, who had recently abducted and allegedly “ravished” Mary, Queen of Scots, made preparations to marry the Scottish queen…

And on this day in Sir Dru Drury died at the age of around 85 at his home, Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk.

He may have died in the Stuart period, in 1617, a man who was prominent in Elizabeth I’s reign, Sir Dru Drury, died at the age of around 85 at his home, Riddlesworth Hall in Norfolk. What is interesting is that Drury went from being a prisoner to being Lieutenant of the Tower of London!

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