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18 May 1536 – This lady has much joy and pleasure in death

| May 18, 2016

18 May 1536 – This lady has much joy and pleasure in death

Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution had been scheduled for 18th May 1536, so carpenters worked through the night of the 17th building a new scaffold “before the House of Ordnance”1 and Anne Boleyn prepared herself for death by praying with her almoner.2 At dawn, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer arrived to hear her final confession and to celebrate […]

18 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn prepares for death

| May 18, 2015

18 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn prepares for death

On the night of 17th/18th May 1536, while the carpenters built her scaffold within the grounds of the Tower of London, Anne Boleyn prepared herself for her execution, which was scheduled for 9am on the 18th. At 2am, her almoner, John Skip (some say her confessor Father Thirwell1), arrived to pray with her. She was […]

4 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn complains

| May 4, 2015

4 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn complains

On or around 4th May 1536, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, wrote to Thomas Cromwell to report back on things that the Queen had said during her imprisonment. The ladies who were attending on Anne in the Tower had been carefully chosen by Cromwell and had been instructed to replay everything […]