Could Henry Percy’s death have been the result of depression over Anne’s execution? I know he fainted at her trial while the guilty verdict was being delivered and due to the fact that his wife tried to divorce him because of an alleged pre-contract existing between the two, its easy to see that Henry Percy may very well have continued to love Anne even after their relationship ended. Do you think the emotional strain of her trial and execution may have taken its toll and contributed to his early demise?
Percy had been suffering with ill health for some time. In March 1536, Percy's father-in-law wrote to Cromwell and the King regarding Percy selling land to the King because he was worried that his daughter would not be provided for on Percy's death. I think the stress of being involved in Anne's trial, on top of his illness, caused his collapse - poor man!