16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn hopes to go to a nunnery

| May 16, 2015

16 May 1536 – Anne Boleyn hopes to go to a nunnery

Following a visit from Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, earlier in the day, Anne Boleyn told her gaoler Sir William Kingston that “she would go to “anonre” [nunnery]” and that she was “in hope of life”.1 She had been found guilty and sentenced to death the previous day, but perhaps something the Archbishop said gave […]

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 […]