Questions about Anne Boleyn’s Execution

| August 9, 2020

Questions about Anne Boleyn’s Execution

In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I answer questions that I’m regularly asked about Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, which took place 19th May 1536. What were the charges against Anne Boleyn? When was Anne Boleyn executed? Where was Anne Boleyn executed? Who was at Anne Boleyn’s execution? Which ladies attended […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII wastes no time…

| May 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -5

| May 14, 2020

On 14th May 1536, while his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, was imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting her trial for treason, Henry VIII was having his new sweetheart brought closer to his lodgings and having her treated as his queen. He really wasn’t wasting any time. Find out more about this, and imperial […]