March 17 – Alexander Alesius’ terrifying vision of Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I’s famous Tide Letter

| March 17, 2022

March 17 – Alexander Alesius’ terrifying vision of Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I’s famous Tide Letter

On this day in Tudor history, 17th March 1565, Scottish theologian and Reformer Alexander Alesius (also known as Ales, Aless), died in either Leipzig or Edinburgh. Alesius wrote a huge number of theological works, was friends with reformers Philip Melancthon and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, but had a row with the Bishop of London […]

30 April 1536 – A musician is arrested and Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn have an argument – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| April 30, 2021

30 April 1536 – A musician is arrested and Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn have an argument – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On 30th April 1536, court musician Mark Smeaton was arrested and taken to Thomas Cromwell’s home to be interrogated. During his interrogation, which lasted 24 hours, Smeaton confessed to sleeping with Queen Anne Boleyn. On the same day that Smeaton was arrested, Alexander Alesius witnessed an argument between King Henry VIII and his second wife, […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -19

| April 30, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -19

On 30th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had just 19 days to live and everything was moving quickly. On 30th April 1536, court musician Mark Smeaton was arrested and taken to the home of the king’s master secretary and right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. What happened to the lowly Smeaton in those next hours, we don’t […]

30 April – Arrests and a royal argument

| April 30, 2019

30 April – Arrests and a royal argument

On this day in 1536, 30th April, musician Mark Smeaton was arrested and taken to the home of Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. What happened to him there over the next 24 hours is not known, but he ended up confessing to sleeping with Queen Anne Boleyn. Also, on this day, a theologian witnessed […]

30 April 1536 – Arguments and interrogations

| April 30, 2016

30 April 1536 – Arguments and interrogations

On Sunday 30th April 1536, according to Alexander Alesius, the Scottish theologian who was visiting the English court at Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had an argument. He couldn’t hear what it was about but it was clear to him that the King was angry. Read more… On that same day, court musician […]

19 May 1536 – A terrifying vision

| May 19, 2015

19 May 1536 – A terrifying vision

Something strange happened in the early hours of the day Queen Anne Boleyn was executed. While Anne prepared herself for death by praying and celebrating the Mass with her almoner, Scottish theologian Alexander Alesius (Ales) had a terrible vision or nightmare. Alesius was in London at the time and although he was aware of the […]

30 April 1536 – Henry VIII is angry with Anne Boleyn

| April 30, 2015

30 April 1536 – Henry VIII is angry with Anne Boleyn

According to Alexander Alesius, the Scottish theologian, it was on 30th April 1536 that he witnessed Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn having some kind of argument. Years later, he gave an account of the event to Elizabeth I, who he describes as being in her mother’s arms while Anne tried to placate the king.* “Never […]

30 April 1536 – A Royal Argument, a Cancelled Trip and the First Arrest

| April 30, 2014

30 April 1536 – A Royal Argument, a Cancelled Trip and the First Arrest

On 30th April, Scottish theologian Alexander Alesius witnessed an argument between Queen Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. He later wrote of this argument to the couple’s daughter, Elizabeth, during her reign: “Never shall I forget the sorrow which I felt when I saw the most serene queen, your most religious mother, carrying you, still a […]

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