Justice John Spelman and his report on Queen Anne Boleyn’s trial

Posted By on January 26, 2020

On this day in history, 26th January1546, judge of assize and law reporter, Sir John Spelman, died.

Spelman is mostly known today for his reports of legal cases from 1502 to 1540, which included the proceedings against Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Bishop John Fisher, Sir Thomas More and Queen Anne Boleyn. In my latest “on this day in Tudor history”, I share some facts about this Tudor judge and also share his report on Queen Anne Boleyn’s case and trial.

In my talk, I mention Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, and her alleged role in Anne Boleyn’s fall. Find out more in this talk: