January 3, 2012
As we all know Wolsey tore a strip of Henry Percy for daring to propose marriage to Anne Boleyn. We know the rest of that whole sorry story.
Percy was dragged back up to Northumberland by his very disgruntled father and married Mary Talbot.
Anyway As we all know Wolsey’s downfall was fairly swift, and it was Henry Percy who was ordered to escort Wolsey to the Tower.
Was it because Wolsey was up near York when the order came in for his arrest, and Percy was the closest Nobel to him to carry the order out? Or was it as some people believe it was Anne’s revenge on Wolsey to send the very person who Wolsey had humiliated? Or did Percy even volunteer to do the job?
Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod
February 24, 2010
Percy didn’t volunteer. At least I don’t think he did. Walter Walsh, groom of the privy chamber was sent with a commision for himself and Percy, to arrest Wolsey. Henry wasn’t willing to arrest Wolsey at first. Anne apparently told Henry that if he didn’t have Wolsey arrested, she would leave him. The order did come from Henry, but it is entirely possible that Anne asked for Percy to be involved in the arrest. Maybe she thought Percy would feel some sort of vindication if he was there for Wolsey’s fall from grace. Purely speculation on my part.
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