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The Middlesex and Kent Indictments – Do the Dates of the Alleged Crimes Make Sense?

| May 11, 2011

The Middlesex and Kent Indictments – Do the Dates of the Alleged Crimes Make Sense?

In my articles on the indictments last May, I discussed the views of the historians Eric Ives, Alison Weir and G W Bernard on the dates given for the alleged offences committed by Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, Mark Smeaton and George Boleyn. Here is an extract from that article:- […]

Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions by G W Bernard – Two New Reviews

| March 30, 2011

Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions by G W Bernard – Two New Reviews

I reviewed historian G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions” when it first came out last year – click here to read my review – so I was interested to read two new reviews of it, one by my friend Gareth Russell over at his blog “Confessions of a Ci-Devant” and another by Susan Walters […]

11th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent

| May 11, 2010

11th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Kent

On this day in history, the 11th May 1536, the Grand Jury of Kent assembled before Chief Justice John Baldwin and his six colleagues at Deptford. Like the Grand Jury of Middlesex the day before, the Kent Jury found a true bill against the accused on all charges pertaining to the crimes committed at Greenwich […]

10th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Middlesex

| May 10, 2010

10th May 1536 – The Grand Jury of Middlesex

The 10th May 1536 was an important day in the countdown to Anne Boleyn’s execution on the 19th May 1536 because it was the day that official legal proceedings against Anne Boleyn began. It was the day that the Grand Jury of Middlesex met at Westminster Hall to “decide prima facie on the offences alleged […]

Did Anne Boleyn Commit Incest with Her Brother?

| February 23, 2010

Did Anne Boleyn Commit Incest with Her Brother?

If you’re like me, you are eagerly awaiting the publication of G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions” which comes out in April (May in the USA). Why? Because this is one historian who believes that Anne could actually have been guilty of adultery and worse, incest. Most historians these days are sympathetic to Anne’s […]

Mark Smeaton the Scrupulous?

| October 22, 2009

Mark Smeaton the Scrupulous?

I was only actually going to write two posts on Mark Smeaton, but Cynthia came up with a rather interesting theory yesterday as to why Mark did not retract his confession and why he said “Masters, I pray you all pray for me, for I have deserved the death” on the scaffold before he was […]

Anne Boleyn Court Records Go Online

| April 10, 2009

Anne Boleyn Court Records Go Online

As part of the 500th Anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne, the National Archives have set up a special website as an online exhibition of documents from Henry’s reign. Included in these documents is Roll KB8/9, the “Baga de Secretis” or Bag of Secrets, which includes records of the opening of the trial […]

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