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 […]