15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford are tried for treason – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 15, 2021

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford are tried for treason – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, the courtier, poet and diplomat, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried in the King’s Hall at the Tower of London. They were tried separately by a jury of their peers presided over by their uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of […]

14 May – Jane Seymour is being treated like a queen

| May 14, 2021

14 May – Jane Seymour is being treated like a queen

On this day in Tudor history, 14th May 1536, one day after Queen Anne Boleyn’s royal household was broken up, the king had his new flame, Jane Seymour, brought closer to him and there were reports that she was being treated like a queen. Anne Boleyn was still a prisoner in the Tower and hadn’t […]

Anne Boleyn’s Fall and Execution – Live Talk and Q&A with Claire Ridgway – 19 May 2021

| May 13, 2021

Anne Boleyn’s Fall and Execution – Live Talk and Q&A with Claire Ridgway – 19 May 2021

On 19th May 2021, to commemorate the anniversary of Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, I will be doing a live talk on Anne Boleyn’s fall and execution over on The Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel followed by a Q&A session. You can find out the time in your time zone on the live […]

13 May 1536 – The Earl of Northumberland refuses to be bullied – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 13, 2021

13 May 1536 – The Earl of Northumberland refuses to be bullied – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 13th May 1536, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, a man who’d once planned to marry Anne Boleyn, got rather cross and exasperated with the king’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. Northumberland refused to be bullied in any way and would not do what Cromwell wanted him to do. But what […]

12 May 1536 – The trial of 4 courtiers

| May 12, 2021

12 May 1536 – The trial of 4 courtiers

On this day in Tudor history, 12th May 1536, courtiers Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were tried for high treason at Westminster Hall. They were, of course, found guilty and sentenced to death. Find out more about that awful day in 1536 in this video: You can find out […]

11 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and her incredibly hectic lovelife

| May 11, 2021

11 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and her incredibly hectic lovelife

On this day in Tudor history, 11th May 1536, another jury, this time the Grand Jury of Kent, met to rule on the alleged offences committed by Queen Anne Boleyn and her alleged lovers in the county of Kent. They drew up an indictment listing the offences and giving all the details, and in this […]

10 May 1536 – What were the charges laid against Anne Boleyn and the men?

| May 10, 2021

10 May 1536 – What were the charges laid against Anne Boleyn and the men?

On this day in Tudor history, 10th May 1536, the Grand Jury of Middlesex met. The reason for this meeting was to decide on whether Queen Anne Boleyn and five of the men imprisoned in the Tower of London – George Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton -should be […]

9 May 1536 – The king wants an update – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 9, 2021

9 May 1536 – The king wants an update – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 9th May 1536, a week after Queen Anne Boleyn’s arrest, King Henry VIII wanted an update on the investigation. Legal preparations were also underway… Transcript: On this day in 1536, 9th May, Henry VIII was keen for an update from his right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. He wrote to Cromwell […]