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 […]

May 13 – Henry Percy gets cross and Anne Boleyn is on her way out

| May 13, 2022

May 13 – Henry Percy gets cross and Anne Boleyn is on her way out

On this day in Tudor history, 13th May 1536, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, got rather cross and exasperated with Thomas Cromwell and refused to be bullied in any way. Poor Cromwell, Percy wouldn’t play ball! Find out what Thomas Cromwell was trying to get Percy to do and why, and what it had to […]

May 12 – The men in the case against Anne Boleyn are tried

| May 12, 2022

May 12 – The men in the case against Anne Boleyn are tried

On this day in history, 12th May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were tried for high treason at Westminster Hall. Unsurprisingly, they were all found guilty and sentenced to death. Here’s the link to find out about the members of the jury, the commission that tried these men […]

May 11 – Queen Anne Boleyn and her rather busy lovelife

| May 11, 2022

May 11 – Queen Anne Boleyn and her rather busy lovelife

On this day in history, 11th May 1536, nine days after Queen Anne Boleyn’s arrest, the Grand Jury of Kent met to rule on the alleged offences committed by Anne and her alleged lovers in the county. In the video below, I look at the dates, places and crimes, cited in the indictment. If we’re […]