15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, Lord Rochford, are tried for high treason

| May 15, 2018

On this day in history, Monday 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried in the King’s Hall of the royal palace at the Tower of London. The Boleyn siblings were tried separately by a jury of their peers; a jury presided over by their uncle, Thomas Howard, […]

12 May 1536 – A trial and a hostile jury

| May 12, 2017

On this day in history, 12th May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were taken by barge from the Tower of London to Westminster and tried in Westminster Hall for high treason. The four men were tried by a special commission of oyer and terminer and any hopes of […]

12 May 1536 – Four men tried for high treason

| May 12, 2016

12 May 1536 – Four men tried for high treason

On 12th May 1536, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton were escorted by barge from the Tower of London to Westminster by Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, for their trial. At Westminster Hall, the four men were brought before a special commission of oyer and terminer […]

15 May 1536 – The Trials of Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

| May 15, 2015

15 May 1536 – The Trials of Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

According to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, on the morning of the 15th May 1536 Jane Seymour received a message from the King informing her that he would send her a further message at 3 o’clock regarding the “condemnation” of Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII was sure that Anne Boleyn was going to be found guilty […]

12 May 1536 – Norris, Brereton, Smeaton and Weston tried at Westminster Hall

| May 12, 2015

12 May 1536 – Norris, Brereton, Smeaton and Weston tried at Westminster Hall

On 12th May 1536, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, escorted Sir Henry Norris, William Brereton, Mark Smeaton and Sir Francis Weston by barge from the Tower of London to Westminster. The four men were brought before a special commission of oyer and terminer at Westminster Hall and arraigned for high treason. […]

12 May 1536 – The Trial of Norris, Weston, Brereton and Smeaton

| May 12, 2014

12 May 1536 – The Trial of Norris, Weston, Brereton and Smeaton

On 12th May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were brought before a special commission of oyer and terminer at Westminster Hall and arraigned for high treason. Smeaton pleaded “guilty”, while the others pleaded “not guilty”. Although the jury included Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, who would certainly not […]

10 May 1536 – Bring Up the Bodies

| May 10, 2014

10 May 1536 – Bring Up the Bodies

On 10th May 1536, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, was ordered “to bring up the bodies of Sir Francis Weston, knt. Henry Noreys, esq. William Bryerton, esq. and Mark Smeton, gent.” for trial at Westminster on 12th May. These four men, as commoners, were going to be tried by a special […]