May 20 – Henry VIII moves on

| May 20, 2022

May 20 – Henry VIII moves on

King Henry VIII wasted no time in May 1536. He wasn’t letting the grass grow under his feet! With wife number 2 dead and buried, he quickly moved on to wife number 3, getting betrothed to Jane Seymour the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution and marrying her ten days later. Let me tell you more…

May 19 – Anne Boleyn becomes a Queen in Heaven

| May 19, 2022

May 19 – Anne Boleyn becomes a Queen in Heaven

On this day in Tudor history, 19th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, was executed at the Tower of London. As her friend, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer said, “she who has been the Queen of England upon Earth will today become a Queen in heaven.” In this video, I explain exactly […]

May 18 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for death

| May 18, 2022

May 18 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for death

Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution was scheduled to take place on 18th May 1536 so Anne prepared herself for death. But how did Anne prepare herself? Why was her execution postponed? What exactly happened on this day in 1536?

May 17 – The ends of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton

| May 17, 2022

May 17 – The ends of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton

While King Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was being declared null and void by Archbishop Cranmer at Lambeth, executions were taking place on Tower Hill. On this day in 1536, 17th May, George Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were executed for high treason after being found guilty […]

May 16 – Queen Anne Boleyn is suddenly in hope of life

| May 16, 2022

May 16 – Queen Anne Boleyn is suddenly in hope of life

On this day in history, 16th May 1536, the condemned and imprisoned Queen Anne Boleyn’s spirits seemed to have lifted and she was hoping for mercy. Why? What could have made her so hopeful?

May 15 – Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, are tried

| May 15, 2022

May 15 – Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, are tried

On this day in history, 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried by a jury of their peers presided over by their own uncle, the Duke of Norfolk. Did they have any hope of justice? What happened? What do the contemporary sources tell us? And what happened […]

May 14 – Jane Seymour is relocated closer to Henry VIII, and Henry VIII’s leg problems

| May 14, 2022

May 14 – Jane Seymour is relocated closer to Henry VIII, and Henry VIII’s leg problems

On this day in 1536, 14th May, while her predecessor and former mistress was in the Tower of London waiting for her trial, Jane Seymour was moved to be closer to the king and was treated like a queen. Find out more about this, and hear Eustace Chapuys’ rather unflattering description of Jane… Also on […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn Timeline

| May 13, 2022

The Fall of Anne Boleyn Timeline

We’re just 6 days away now from the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution, and you may have noticed that I’ve been doing a countdown of the daily events in 1536 that led up to it. I thought this timeline might come in useful. A big thank you to my husband Tim for creating it from […]