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 […]

May 10 – The charges against Queen Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and four courtiers

| May 10, 2022

May 10 – The charges against Queen Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and four courtiers

On this day in history, 10th May 1536, the Grand Jury of Middlesex met to decide on whether Queen Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton should be sent to trial. The jury decided that there was enough evidence to try these people and then […]

May 9 – Henry VIII wants an update on the investigation into Anne Boleyn

| May 9, 2022

May 9 – Henry VIII wants an update on the investigation into Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 9th May 1536, a week after Queen Anne Boleyn’s arrest, her husband, Henry VIII, wanted an update on the investigation into Anne. Let me explain what was happening at court on 9th May 1536… Do remember that tomorrow, Tuesday 10th May, I’m doing a live talk and Q&A session on […]

May 8 – Vultures circling and war panic

| May 8, 2022

May 8 – Vultures circling and war panic

On this day in Tudor history, 8th May 1536, during the fall of Anne Boleyn, courtiers were like vultures circling. There was very distasteful behaviour being exhibited by some Tudors on this day in history. What were they doing? What were they after? Find out… And on this day in 1539, war panic led to […]

May 7 – Anne Boleyn’s chaplain get searched, and Bishop Fisher is tricked

| May 7, 2022

May 7 – Anne Boleyn’s chaplain get searched, and Bishop Fisher is tricked

On 7th May 1536, one of Queen Anne Boleyn’s chaplain, William Latymer, was stopped and searched on his arrival back in England from the Continent. Why was he searched? What had been his business abroad? What was found in his possession? And what happened to him? And a year earlier, on 7th May 1535, after […]

Register now to join me for a live talk on Tuesday 10 May – The 1536 Investigation into Anne Boleyn

| May 6, 2022

Register now to join me for a live talk on Tuesday 10 May – The 1536 Investigation into Anne Boleyn

Thank you so much to everyone who voted on what I should talk about in my live on Tuesday 10th May. The topic chosen is the investigation into Anne Boleyn, and whether there actually was an investigation. What do we know about the Crown’s case against Anne and the men in April and May 1536? […]

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