15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, Lord Rochford, are tried for high treason

| May 15, 2018

On this day in history, Monday 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried in the King’s Hall of the royal palace at the Tower of London. The Boleyn siblings were tried separately by a jury of their peers; a jury presided over by their uncle, Thomas Howard, […]

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford are tried for treason

| May 15, 2017

On this day in history, Monday 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried for high treason in the King’s Hall of the royal palace at the Tower of London. Their fellow courtiers, Mark Smeaton, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and Sir Henry Norris, had been tried by […]

The Trial of Anne Boleyn

| September 30, 2016

The Trial of Anne Boleyn

I’m so excited! My article “The Trial of Anne Boleyn” is the feature article in Issue 7 of History of Royals magazine! Yay! In the article, I explain the context to Anne’s fall, the events leading up to her arrest, trial and execution, and the charges listed in the indictments. I also look at the […]

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, are tried

| May 15, 2016

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, are tried

On 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried in separate trials in the King’s Hall at the Tower of London. As members of the aristocracy, the Boleyn siblings had been given the privilege of being tried by a jury of their peers, presided over by their uncle, […]

Sir John Spelman, Anne Boleyn and Lady Wingfield

| January 26, 2016

Sir John Spelman, Anne Boleyn and Lady Wingfield

Today is the anniversary of the death in 1546 of Sir John Spelman, judge of assize and law reporter. He was buried at Narborough, Norfolk. Spelman is known for his reports of cases from 1502 to 1540, which included the proceedings against Cardinal Wolsey, Lord Dacre, the Carthusian monks, Bishop Fisher, Sir Thomas More and […]

15 May 1536 – The Trials of Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

| May 15, 2015

15 May 1536 – The Trials of Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

According to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, on the morning of the 15th May 1536 Jane Seymour received a message from the King informing her that he would send her a further message at 3 o’clock regarding the “condemnation” of Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII was sure that Anne Boleyn was going to be found guilty […]

15 May 1536 – The Trial of Anne Boleyn

| May 15, 2014

15 May 1536 – The Trial of Anne Boleyn

On 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was tried in the King’s Hall of the Tower of London in front of an estimated 2,000 spectators. The Lord High Steward, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, who was representing the King, sat on a special throne underneath the canopy of estate. In his hand was the […]

12 May 1536 – Appointment of Lord High Steward of England

| May 12, 2014

12 May 1536 – Appointment of Lord High Steward of England

On 12th May 1536, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was appointed Lord High Steward of England in readiness for ruling, as Lord President, over the trials of Anne and George Boleyn. Thomas Howard was the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, and of Elizabeth Tilney. He was the brother of Elizabeth […]