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9 May 1536 – Henry VIII wants an update – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 9, 2019

9 May 1536 – Henry VIII wants an update – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, 9th May, King Henry VIII wanted an update on the ‘investigation’ into his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. In today’s video,I explain just what was happening at court on 9th May 1536. I’m doing these “Fall of Anne Boleyn” videos daily until 19th May and I started on 24th April. You […]

8 May 1536 – Courtiers will be courtiers, or perhaps vultures

| May 8, 2017

Before I go into details on today’s event of 1536, let’s just have a recap of the events so far: 24 April 1536 – Legal commissions are set up 25 April 1536 – Henry VIII writes to his ambassadors abroad 26 April 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn meets with her chaplain 27 April 1536 – […]

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

| April 28, 2016

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

On 28th April 1536, it was reported that the king’s council was meeting every day and that Thomas Cromwell had been meeting with Dr Richard Sampson, a royal chaplain, Dean of Lichfield and an expert on canon law, for the past four days “continually”. Just what was going on at Henry VIII’s court? Read more…

27 April 1536 – Parliament summoned and a hint that the King wants to leave Anne Boleyn

| April 27, 2016

27 April 1536 – Parliament summoned and a hint that the King wants to leave Anne Boleyn

On this day in history 27th April 1536, writs were issued summoning Parliament to meet on 8th June, even though Parliament had only been dissolved on 14th April. A letter was also sent to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer asking him to attend the Parliament. Why was Parliament being summoned? Did this have anything to do with […]

25 April 1536 – God will send unto us heirs male

| April 25, 2016

25 April 1536 – God will send unto us heirs male

On this day in history, 25th April 1536, a day after the commissions of oyer and terminer had been set up by Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor, King Henry VIII wrote letters to his ambassadors abroad: Richard Pate in Rome, and Stephen Gardiner and John Wallop in Paris. In these letters, he referred to Anne Boleyn […]

Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower: A New Assessment available for Pre-order Now

| September 2, 2015

Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower: A New Assessment available for Pre-order Now

I know many of you were interested in what Sandra Vasoli had to say about the letter said to be written by Anne Boleyn to Henry VIII from the Tower on 6th May 1536 (click here to read that) so I just wanted to let you know that the kindle version of Sandi’s book is […]

Queen Anne Boleyn’s alleged crimes

| May 11, 2015

Queen Anne Boleyn’s alleged crimes

Following on from the rulings of the Grand Juries of Middlesex and Kent on the 10th and 11th May 1536, I wanted to share with you an extract from my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown about the indictments and Anne Boleyn’s alleged crimes. If we combine the Kent and Middlesex Indictments, we […]

11 May 1536 – The ruling of the Grand Jury of Kent

| May 11, 2015

11 May 1536 – The ruling of the Grand Jury of Kent

On 11th May 1536, the Grand Jury of Kent met on 11th May in front of Chief Justice John Baldwin and six of his colleagues at Deptford. They met to rule on the alleged crimes committed at Greenwich Palace, East Greenwich, and Eltham Palace by Queen Anne Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir William Brereton, Sir […]