The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

| October 3, 2019

The Other Boleyn Girl – Is it accurate?

In this latest instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series, I look at Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, which was also turned into a movie and adapted for television. “The Other Boleyn Girl” has brought Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn’s stories to life for many people, and provoked an interest in […]

Did Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn commit incest?

| February 18, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn commit incest?

Yes, time for another question about Anne Boleyn! You lords and ladies are keeping me very busy. I thought I’d better not include the word “incest” on YouTube as it might attract the wrong kind of viewers and subscribers, or bring down the wrath of the YouTube gods on me, so I’ve used “unnatural relationship” […]

Lord Chancellor Audley and the commissions of oyer and terminer of 1536

| April 24, 2018

On this day in history, 24th April 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer, one for the county of Middlesex and the other for Kent. These commissions were used to investigate and prosecute serious crimes, including treason. On 10th May 1536, the Grand Jury of […]

11 November 1534 – An important mission for George Boleyn

| November 11, 2017

11 November 1534 – An important mission for George Boleyn

On 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. The purpose of the diplomatic mission he was leading was to renew Anglo-French relations. George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, was chosen to meet the Admiral and escort him from Dover to London. […]

The Destruction of the Boleyn Family

| May 23, 2017

The Destruction of the Boleyn Family

Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat for writing this guest article for us today. Over to Clare… In 1536 five members of the Boleyn family had their lives destroyed, or at the very least fundamentally damaged. Anne and George were put to death on trumped up charges […]

George Boleyn with Clare Cherry

| May 19, 2017

George Boleyn with Clare Cherry

George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, was executed on 17th May 1536 after being found guilty of high treason. He was charged with committing incest with his sister, Queen Anne Boleyn, and of plotting with her to kill the king. He is remembered for his part in the bloody events of May 1536, but he was far […]

17 May 1536 – Who were the men who were executed in May 1536?

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – Who were the men who were executed in May 1536?

In the “bloody days”, as Thomas Wyatt called them, of May 1536, not only was a queen executed, but also five courtiers. If we believe that Queen Anne Boleyn was innocent of all charges then these five men were innocent too and deserve to be remembered just as we remember Anne. Five families were rocked […]

17 May 1536 – Pray for the souls of those be dead and gone

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – Pray for the souls of those be dead and gone

On this day in history, Wednesday 17th May 1536, five courtiers were beheaded on Tower Hill. Their names: Mark Smeaton, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. Their crime: high treason; they had been found guilty of having sexual relations with Queen Anne Boleyn and of plotting with her […]