16 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is in hope of life

| May 16, 2017

On this day in history, Tuesday 16th May, Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, reported to Thomas Cromwell that “this day at dinner the queen said that she should go to a nunnery and is in hope of life.” But the previous day, Anne Boleyn had been sentenced to death for high […]

16 May 1536 – A visitor for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 16, 2016

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 […]

3 May 1536 – Archbishop Cranmer is “clean amazed”

| May 3, 2015

On 3rd May 1536 Archbishop Cranmer wrote a letter to King Henry VIII expressing his shock at the arrest of Queen Anne Boleyn, a woman who had acted as his patron and who was his friend: “Have come to Lambeth, according to Mr. Secretary’s letters, to know your Grace’s pleasure. Dare not, contrary to the […]