Was Anne Boleyn treated as queen in the Tower of London?

| March 24, 2021

Was Anne Boleyn treated as queen in the Tower of London?

Thank you so much to Edith and Lucy the dog for their excellent question regarding Anne Boleyn’s imprisonment in the Tower of London in May 1536. In series like The Tudors, Anne Boleyn is shown being treated like a queen even though she’s a prisoner, and she’s shown being attended by ladies-in-waiting? But is this […]

29 January 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn loses a male child

| January 29, 2021

29 January 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn loses a male child

On this day in history, 29th January 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. This was just five days after the king had suffered a jousting accident, a reminder of his mortality, and his hopes of a legitimate male heir were […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII wastes no time…

| May 20, 2020

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII wastes no time…

If I could go back in time and give Henry VIII a piece of mind, I would… well, perhaps not. It might not be safe to do that! The speed of events in May 1536 never fails to shock me, and the speed with which Henry VIII moved on to wife number 3 disgusts me. […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: The end

| May 19, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: The end

It’s the 19th May and we’ve come to the day Queen Anne Boleyn’s life ended at the hands of the Swordsman of Calais, but really at the hands of her husband, King Henry VIII. ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’ was executed by beheading on a newly built scaffold within the confines of the Tower of […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -1

| May 18, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -1

Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution was scheduled for this day in 1536, 18th May, and the queen actually wasn’t told that her execution had been postponed until later that day. Can you imagine how that must have felt? How did Anne prepare herself? Why was her execution postponed? What exactly happened on this day in 1536? […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -2 – Tragedy at Tower Hill

| May 17, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -2 – Tragedy at Tower Hill

On 17th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn may have still had two days to live, but, for the accused men, this was execution day. Mark Smeaton, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris, and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were executed by beheading on Tower Hill on the morning of 17th May 1536. They were […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -3

| May 16, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -3

On this day in history, 16th May 1536, the day after her trial, Queen Anne Boleyn was visited by her good friend, Archbishop Cranmer. Following his visit, the queen was suddenly optimistic about her fate and seemed to think she might receive mercy. What on earth was going on? Find out more in this talk: […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -4

| May 15, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -4

On this day in history, 15th May 1536, less than two weeks after their arrests, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried by a jury of their peers in the King’s Hall of the Tower of London. Their own uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, presided over the trial. What happened […]