May 13 – Henry Percy gets cross and Anne Boleyn is on her way out

On this day in Tudor history, 13th May 1536, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, got rather cross and exasperated with Thomas Cromwell and refused to be bullied in any way.

Poor Cromwell, Percy wouldn’t play ball!

Find out what Thomas Cromwell was trying to get Percy to do and why, and what it had to do with the fall of Anne Boleyn…

And on this very same day, the royal household of Queen Anne Boleyn was broken up and her household discharged. This was just eleven days after her arrest and the queen hadn’t even been tried yet, never mind found guilty!

Find out more about this day and what happened to members of Anne’s household…

It’s not too late to sign up for my event, “The Fall of Anne Boleyn with Claire Ridgway”, which starts later today and runs until 20th. Don’t worry if you can’t make it every day, there will be replays and transcripts available. Register now at

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