The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -3

| May 16, 2020

On this day in history, 16th May 1536, the day after her trial, Queen Anne Boleyn was visited by her good friend, Archbishop Cranmer. Following his visit, the queen was suddenly optimistic about her fate and seemed to think she might receive mercy. What on earth was going on? Find out more in this talk: […]

16 May 1536 – A visitor for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 16, 2016

16 May 1536 – A visitor for Queen Anne Boleyn

On 16th May 1536, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the man who had once been Anne Boleyn’s family chaplain and a man she had helped rise to prominence at the English court, visited Anne at the Tower of London. It was a visit that seemed to lift Anne’s spirits and give her hope that all was not […]

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn hopes to go to a nunnery

| May 16, 2015

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn hopes to go to a nunnery

Following a visit from Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, earlier in the day, Anne Boleyn told her gaoler Sir William Kingston that “she would go to “anonre” [nunnery]” and that she was “in hope of life”.1 She had been found guilty and sentenced to death the previous day, but perhaps something the Archbishop said gave […]

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