Were there crowds present at Anne Boleyn’s trial and did they cheer and support her? I thought that she was generally unpopular with the common people but read that somewhere. Thanks!
Queen Anne Boleyn was tried in the King's Hall of the Tower of London in front of an estimated 2,000 spectators. A great platform had been erected in the hall so that everybody could see. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, wrote:
"They were condemned within the Tower, but the thing was not done secretly, for there were more than 2,000 persons present." LP x. 908
There is no evidence that the crowd cheered Anne, the only reactions recorded are the collapse of Henry Percy after the verdicts and Mrs Orchard, a lady who had cared for the Queen when she was a child, who “shrieked out dreadfully”.