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 […]

9 May 1536 – Council Meetings and Juries

| May 9, 2015

9 May 1536 – Council Meetings and Juries

On 9th May 1536, King Henry VIII sent a message to Thomas Cromwell “commanding him to repair to the King to treat of matters relating to the surety of his person, his honor, and the tranquillity of the realm” and also summoned a number of noblemen and gentlemen to a council meeting. While Henry VIII […]

5 May 1536 – More interrogations and arrests

| May 5, 2015

5 May 1536 – More interrogations and arrests

By 5th May 1536, two other men had been imprisoned in the Tower of London and another courtier had been ordered to London for questioning. In 1538, Robert Hobbes, Abbot of Woburn, made a declaration “as touching the accusations of his adversaries proposed against him unto the King’s most honourable Council” and mentioned Sir Francis […]

4 May 1536 – The Arrests of Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton

| May 4, 2015

4 May 1536 – The Arrests of Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton

Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were already imprisoned in the Tower of London and this day in history, 4th May 1536, saw two others being apprehended and added to their number: Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton. Francis Weston was the son of Sir Richard […]

29 April 1536 – You look for dead men’s shoes

| April 29, 2015

29 April 1536 – You look for dead men’s shoes

On 29th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had two encounters with male courtiers which she later worried about when imprisoned in the Tower. The first involved court musician Mark Smeaton and the second involved Sir Henry Norris, her husband’s Groom of the Stool and a man who was courting Anne’s cousin, Madge Shelton. Both were […]