The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -6

| May 13, 2020

On 13th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn’s former beau, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, got very cross and rather exasperated with Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell was trying to persuade Northumberland to help get the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn annulled, but Northumberland was not going to confess to something that he’d already sworn wasn’t true. What […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day-7

| May 12, 2020

On this day in history, 12th May 1536, just twelve days after the first arrest in the fall of Anne Boleyn, four men were taken to Westminster Hall and tried for treason. Their names were Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton. All four men were found guilty. Let me explain […]

The Falll of Anne Boleyn: Day -8

| May 11, 2020

Even though I do a countdown to Anne Boleyn’s execution every year, I’m always struck by just how fast everything happened. On this day in 1536, 11th May, Queen Anne Boleyn only had eight days left to live. Just as the Grand Jury of Middlesex had met the previous day, the Grand Jury of Kent […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -9

| May 10, 2020

On 10th May 1536, the imprisoned Queen Anne Boleyn had just nine days left to live. While Anne was confined in the queen’s apartments of the royal palace at the Tower of London, the Grand Jury of Middesex was meeting to decide on whether there was enough evidence to send the queen and the accused […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -10

| May 9, 2020

On this day in 1536, 9th May 1536, King Henry VIII’s second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, had just ten days left to live. While his wife and seven men were imprisoned in the Tower as part of Anne Boleyn’s fall, King Henry VIII was after an update on things from his master-secretary, Thomas Cromwell… There […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -11

| May 8, 2020

On this day in 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had just eleven days left to live. Everything was happening so fast. Whenever I talk or write about 8th May 1536, I’m always left with a feeling of complete disgust. Why? Because on 8th May 1536, before the queen and the men had even been tried, before […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -12

| May 7, 2020

On 7th May 1536, five days after the arrest of Queen Anne Boleyn, the queen’s chaplain was accosted and searched on his arrival back in England from the Continent. Why? What were the authorities expecting to find? Find out more in this video: There are lots and lots of Tudor history videos on my Anne […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -13

| May 6, 2020

On 6th May 1536, four days after her arrest, Queen Anne Boleyn had just thirteen more days to live. The 6th May 1536 was the date on a curious letter that was said to have been found amongst Thomas Cromwell’s papers, and which had had the title “To the King from the Lady in the […]