30 April 1536 – Mark Smeaton is Seized!

| April 30, 2011

30 April 1536 – Mark Smeaton is Seized!

More breaking news! Sir Tim Ridgway has just sent The Anne Boleyn Files an urgent message saying that Mark Smeaton has been seized and taken to Thomas Cromwell’s house in Stepney. Nothing more is known but court gossip is that someone told Cromwell of Queen Anne Boleyn’s conversation with Smeaton yesterday – see “29th April […]

30 April 1536 Queen Anne Boleyn Appeals to Henry VIII

| April 30, 2011

30 April 1536 Queen Anne Boleyn Appeals to Henry VIII

Breaking news just in from court. The Scottish Lutheran, Alexander Alesius (also known as Alexander Ales and Alexander Alane), who is at court to see Thomas Cromwell, has just told Sir Tim of a scene he witnessed between the King and Queen. Sir Tim recorded his account and I have transcribed it here:- “I saw […]

30 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Henry Norris and Dead Men’s Shoes

| April 30, 2011

30 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Henry Norris and Dead Men’s Shoes

News is just in that either today or late yesterday there was an altercation between Queen Anne Boleyn and Henry Norris, Groom of the Stool and Chief Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. We go straight to Sir Tim Ridgway who has spoken to one of Anne Boleyn’s ladies… Yes, Lady Claire, I’m so glad that […]

29th April 1536 – Mark Smeaton Moons Over Queen Anne Boleyn

| April 29, 2011

29th April 1536 – Mark Smeaton Moons Over Queen Anne Boleyn

You may well have seen the latest news from “The Spanish Chronicle” regarding Queen Anne hiding her musician, Mark Smeaton, in her marmalade cupboard and then spending the night with him, but here at The Anne Boleyn Files we would just like to point out that there is absolutely no evidence to back up this […]

28th April 1536 – A Tudor Storm Brewing

| April 28, 2011

28th April 1536 – A Tudor Storm Brewing

Yes, and we are not talking about the weather, although that certainly looks as little iffy at the moment! No, we are talking about events and suspicious behaviour at the court of our Bluff King Hal, his Majesty King Henry VIII. As you know, we are a newspaper committed to keeping readers abreast of what […]

27th April 1536 – Writs Issued for Parliament

| April 27, 2011

27th April 1536 – Writs Issued for Parliament

Today we bring you breaking news from the court of King Henry VIII. We have just heard that on this day, 27th April in the 28th year of the reign of our sovereign Henry VIII, writs have been issued summoning Parliament and one of our court insiders has intercepted a letter to Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop […]

25th April 1536 – A Sigh of Relief: Anne Boleyn is still the King’s Entirely and Beloved Wife

| April 25, 2011

25th April 1536 – A Sigh of Relief: Anne Boleyn is still the King’s Entirely and Beloved Wife

Well, we can all breathe a sigh of relief today! Our court insider has just passed on to The Anne Boleyn Files a photocopy of the King’s correspondence to his ambassadors abroad in which he refers to Queen Anne Boleyn as “our most dear and most entirely beloved wife the Queen” and goes on to […]

Chapuys Bows to Queen Anne Boleyn

| April 18, 2011

Chapuys Bows to Queen Anne Boleyn

Thanks to historian, Suzannah Lispcombe, for reminding me of this “on this day in history” event today. Yes, on this day in history, 18th April 1536, the Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, was tricked into recognising the woman he called “the concubine” as Queen. On the Tuesday after Easter, the 18th April 1536, Chapuys was due […]