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8 May 1536 – Clamouring for the Spoils

| May 8, 2011

8 May 1536 – Clamouring for the Spoils

Queen Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, George Boleyn (Lord Rochford), Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt are all in prison and, as yet, have not been to trial, yet courtiers are already clamouring over the spoils that may result from their fall from grace. It really is sickening […]

7 May 1536 – William Latimer Searched!

| May 7, 2011

7 May 1536 – William Latimer Searched!

We have just heard that William Latimer, one of Queen Anne Boleyn’s chaplains have been searched. Over to Sir Tim Ridgway who is reporting from Sandwich in Kent… Thank you, Lady Claire. I can confirm that William Latimer’s luggage was searched by the Mayor and Jurates of Sandwich on his arrival back in England from […]

Shall I Die Without Justice?

| May 7, 2011

Shall I Die Without Justice?

On entering the Tower on the 2nd May 1536, after her arrest, Queen Anne Boleyn asked Sir William Kingston “Shall I die without justice?”, to which Sir William Kingston responded “The poorest subject the King has, has justice”. But is this true? Will Queen Anne receive justice? Here at The Anne Boleyn Files, we’re not […]

To the King from The Lady in the Tower – A Letter from Anne Boleyn?

| May 6, 2011

To the King from The Lady in the Tower – A Letter from Anne Boleyn?

The following letter has today fallen into our hands, here at The Anne Boleyn Files, and we are told that it is a copy of one written by Queen Anne Boleyn to her husband, King Henry VIII, on this very day, 6th May 1536. Here is a transcript:- “To the King from the Lady in […]

5 May 1536 – The Poet, the Friend and the Vicar of Hell

| May 5, 2011

5 May 1536 – The Poet, the Friend and the Vicar of Hell

News has just reached us here at The Anne Boleyn Files that the celebrated poet, Sir Thomas Wyatt, has been arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London1. He is not the only one to be taken to the Tower, Sir Richard Page, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and a former favourite of Thomas […]

4 May 1536 – Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton Arrested!

| May 4, 2011

4 May 1536 – Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton Arrested!

As predicted by The Anne Boleyn Files yesterday, Sir Francis Weston, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, has been arrested and taken to the Tower of London. We think that this is a direct consequence of Queen Anne Boleyn’s ramblings about him which we reported yesterday – click here to read that report. It is sad […]

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer Defends Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 3, 2011

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer Defends Queen Anne Boleyn

These are dark times and it feels like there is a dark cloud hanging permanently over London at the moment. The Queen, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris and Lord Rochford are all still in the Tower and there are rumours that there will be further arrests. Like many at court, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is shocked at […]

2 May 1536 Anne Boleyn is Arrested – Game, Set and Match to Thomas Cromwell

| May 2, 2011

2 May 1536 Anne Boleyn is Arrested – Game, Set and Match to Thomas Cromwell

Today is a sad day at The Anne Boleyn Files. Our roving reporter, Sir Tim Ridgway, has heard four pieces of bad news at court today:- Henry Norris, Groom of the Stool and Chief Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, has been taken to the Tower of London. Mark Smeaton, Court Musician, has been racked and […]