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 […]

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford are tried for treason

| May 15, 2017

On this day in history, Monday 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried for high treason in the King’s Hall of the royal palace at the Tower of London. Their fellow courtiers, Mark Smeaton, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and Sir Henry Norris, had been tried by […]

11 May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent rules on Queen Anne Boleyn’s case

| May 11, 2017

On this day in history, Thursday 11th May 1536, the Grand Jury of Kent met at Deptford. The jurors, who were presided over by Chief Justice John Baldwin and six of his colleagues, ruled that there was sufficient evidence to send Queen Anne Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston, Mark Smeaton and […]

10 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and the men to go on trial

| May 10, 2017

On this day in history, Wednesday 10th May 1536, the foreman of the Grand Jury of Middlesex, Giles Heron, son-in-law of the late Sir Thomas More, announced that the jury had decided that there was sufficient evidence to suggest that Queen Anne Boleyn and five men of the men imprisoned in the Tower of London […]

2nd May 1536 – Why was George Boleyn at Whitehall?

| May 2, 2017

On 2nd May 1536, the day that hs sister, Queen Anne Boleyn, was arrested at Greenwich Palace, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, was also arrested and taken to the Tower of London. Charles Wriothesley records that he was taken to the Tower “three or four” hours before his sister so must have arrived there around one […]

6 March 1536 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries

| March 6, 2017

6 March 1536 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries

In February 1536, a parliament which has become known as “The Reformation Parliament” was recalled and met until it was dismissed on 14th April 1536. It had first sat in October 1529 and is referred to as the Reformation Parliament because it was responsible for passing the legislation which led to the break with Rome […]

George Cavendish and George Boleyn

| February 17, 2017

George Cavendish and George Boleyn

Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat for writing this guest post on George Cavendish and his poetry, Metrical Visions, which has been used by some historians and authors to paint a rather black picture of George Boleyn. If you don’t know, George Cavendish was Cardinal Thomas Wolsey’s […]