24 April 1536 – Treason Afoot at Court?

| April 24, 2011

24 April 1536 – Treason Afoot at Court?

Here at The Anne Boleyn Files we have just heard some interesting news from our court informant. It appears that Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas Audley has set up two commissions of ‘Oyer and Terminer’ at Westminster, for offences carried out in the counties of Kent and Middlesex. As you know, these commissions are used “to […]

St George’s Day 1536 – A Sign that All is Not Well in Paradise

| April 23, 2011

St George’s Day 1536 – A Sign that All is Not Well in Paradise

Here at The Anne Boleyn Files studio in London, we have just received news that the annual chapter meeting of the Order of the Garter at Greenwich has just finished. Our reporter on the ground is waiting to hear confirmation that the Queen’s brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, has been given this post. While we […]

Sir Thomas More Becomes Lord Chancellor

| October 25, 2010

Sir Thomas More Becomes Lord Chancellor

On this day in history, 25th October 1529, Sir Thomas More became Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor. On the 17th October 1529, Cardinal Wolsey had been forced to surrender the Great Seal to the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk at his house in Westminster, in front of Sir William Fitzwilliam, John Tayler and Stephen Gardiner, and […]

Lady Margaret Beaufort

| June 29, 2010

Lady Margaret Beaufort

On this day in history, 29th June 1509, the matriarch of the House of Tudor, Lady Margaret Beaufort, died at the age of 66, a great age for a Tudor. Margaret died just four days after enjoying the coronation celebrations of her grandson, Henry VIII, and Henry Parker, Lord Morley, who acted as her cupbearer […]

12th May 1536 – 4 Men and a Trial

| May 12, 2010

12th May 1536 – 4 Men and a Trial

On this day in history, the 12th May 1536, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton were tried at a special scommission of oyer and terminer, just a day after the Grand Jury of Kent had assembled and only eight days after Weston and Brereton had been arrested; the legal machinery had […]

The Vultures Gather

| May 9, 2010

The Vultures Gather

As I read through Letters and Papers to look at primary source evidence for the events leading up to the execution of Anne Boleyn on the 19th May 1536, it sickens me to see how the vultures were gathering to ensure that they had their share of the spoils even before the trials of Anne […]

27th and 28th April 1536

| April 27, 2010

27th and 28th April 1536

On this day in history, the 27th April 1536, writs were issued summoning Parliament and a letter sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury asking him to attend Parliament. Here is section from the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, which pertains to this:- “Summons to the archbishop of Canterbury to attend the Parliament […]

Oyer and Terminer – The Beginning of the End?

| April 24, 2010

Oyer and Terminer – The Beginning of the End?

On this day in history, the 24th April 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor and Thomas Cromwell’s right hand man, set up two commissions of oyer and terminer at Westminster. What’s an oyer and terminer? Here is the definition of “oyer and terminer” from wikipedia:- “Oyer and terminer is a term originating in […]