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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 […]

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn is “in hope of life”

| May 16, 2014

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn is “in hope of life”

On this day in 1536, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, reported to Thomas Cromwell what Anne Boleyn had said to him over dinner: “Yet this day at dinner the Queen said she would go to “anonre” (a nunnery), and is in hope of life.” This was following a visit from Thomas […]

3 May 1536 – Sir William Kingston Reports Back to Cromwell on Anne Boleyn

| May 3, 2014

3 May 1536 – Sir William Kingston Reports Back to Cromwell on Anne Boleyn

On 3rd May 1536, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, wrote his first report to Thomas Cromwell regarding Anne Boleyn’s imprisonment in the Tower of London. The ladies appointed to serve Anne during her imprisonment had been ordered to act as spies and report to Lady Kingston what the Queen said. Lady […]

7 May 1536 – William Latymer Searched at Sandwich

| May 7, 2013

7 May 1536 – William Latymer Searched at Sandwich

On Sunday 7th May 1536, William Latymer, one of Queen Anne Boleyn’s chaplains, was stopped and searched on his arrival back in England at Sandwich, in Kent. He was returning from a business visit to Flanders, a visit he had undertaken on behalf of the Queen. A letter from the Mayor and Jurates of Sandwich […]

4 May 1536 – A Wife’s Letter, Further Arrests and a Queen Cruelly Handled

| May 4, 2013

4 May 1536 – A Wife’s Letter, Further Arrests and a Queen Cruelly Handled

Following the arrest of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, his wife, Jane, wrote him a letter of comfort, promising to “humbly [make] suit unto the king’s highness”1 for him. This meant that she was going to petition the King on George’s behalf. There is no record of her doing so, but then the records from this […]