The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -1

Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution was scheduled for this day in 1536, 18th May, and the queen actually wasn’t told that her execution had been postponed until later that day. Can you imagine how that must have felt? How did Anne prepare herself? Why was her execution postponed? What exactly happened on this day in 1536? […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -2 – Tragedy at Tower Hill

On 17th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn may have still had two days to live, but, for the accused men, this was execution day. Mark Smeaton, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris, and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were executed by beheading on Tower Hill on the morning of 17th May 1536. They were […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -3

On this day in history, 16th May 1536, the day after her trial, Queen Anne Boleyn was visited by her good friend, Archbishop Cranmer. Following his visit, the queen was suddenly optimistic about her fate and seemed to think she might receive mercy. What on earth was going on? Find out more in this talk: […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -4

On this day in history, 15th May 1536, less than two weeks after their arrests, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried by a jury of their peers in the King’s Hall of the Tower of London. Their own uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, presided over the trial. What happened […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -5

On 14th May 1536, while his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, was imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting her trial for treason, Henry VIII was having his new sweetheart brought closer to his lodgings and having her treated as his queen. He really wasn’t wasting any time. Find out more about this, and imperial […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -6

On 13th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn’s former beau, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, got very cross and rather exasperated with Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell was trying to persuade Northumberland to help get the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn annulled, but Northumberland was not going to confess to something that he’d already sworn wasn’t true. What […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day-7

On this day in history, 12th May 1536, just twelve days after the first arrest in the fall of Anne Boleyn, four men were taken to Westminster Hall and tried for treason. Their names were Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton. All four men were found guilty. Let me explain […]

The Falll of Anne Boleyn: Day -8

Even though I do a countdown to Anne Boleyn’s execution every year, I’m always struck by just how fast everything happened. On this day in 1536, 11th May, Queen Anne Boleyn only had eight days left to live. Just as the Grand Jury of Middlesex had met the previous day, the Grand Jury of Kent […]