29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and two courtiers

| April 29, 2017

On 29th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had two separate encounters with male courtiers, men who would soon be accused of sleeping with her and plotting with her to kill King Henry VIII. You can read more about Anne’s encounters with Mark Smeaton, a musician, and Sir Henry Norris, her husband’s groom of the stool, […]

28 April 1536 – Long council meetings

| April 28, 2017

On this day in history, 28th April 1536, it was reported that the king’s council was meeting every day, from first thing in the morning 9 or 10 o’clock at night. And not only that! Thomas Cromwell was said to have been meeting with Dr Richard Sampson, a royal chaplain, Dean of Lichfield and an […]

27 April 1536 – Something’s afoot at Henry VIII’s court

| April 27, 2017

On 27th April 1536, three days after commissions of oyer and terminer had been set up by Thomas Audley, writs were issued summoning Parliament to meet on 8th June and a letter was sent to Archbishop Cranmer asking him to attend Parliament. “Why should we see this as a sign that something is afoot?”, you […]

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Matthew Parker and a promise

| April 26, 2017

Sometime around 26th April 1536, six days before her arrest, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain Matthew Parker and made him promise to do something for her. We have no idea what was said at this meeting, what Anne wanted him to do, but whatever was said was something that stayed with Parker and […]

25 April 1536 – A hopeful king

| April 25, 2017

On this day in history, 25th April 1536, a day after the commissions of oyer and terminer had been set up by Thomas Audley, his Lord Chancellor, King Henry VIII wrote letters to his ambassadors abroad: Richard Pate in Rome, and Stephen Gardiner and John Wallop in Paris. In these letters, he referred to Anne […]

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions are set up

| April 24, 2017

On this day in history, 24th April 1536, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, for the counties of Middlesex and Kent. “What on earth were commissions of oyer and terminer?” You may ask. Well, the term came from the French for “to hear and […]

18 April 1536 – Eustace Chapuys and Anne Boleyn

| April 18, 2017

On 18th April 1536, the first Tuesday after Easter, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, arrived at Henry VIII’s court at Greenwich Palace to meet with the king regarding negotiations between England and the Empire. ChapuysHe was met by George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, the brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, and a series of events led to […]

13 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s last Maundy Thursday

| April 13, 2017

This day in history, 13th April 1536, was Maundy Thursday – as it is this year – the day which commemorates the Last Supper, that final meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples before his arrest. It was to be the last time that Anne Boleyn would carry out the traditional duties of a […]