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29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris and Mark Smeaton

| April 29, 2016

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris and Mark Smeaton

On Saturday 29th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had two separate encounters with two courtiers who would end up being accused of sleeping with her and of plotting the King’s death with her. The first encounter was with Mark Smeaton, a groom of the privy chamber, a court musician and a man who had been […]

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 […]

29 April 1536 – A Sulk and an Argument

| April 29, 2014

On 29th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had two encounters which would be twisted and used as evidence against her. The first involved musician Mark Smeaton. According to Mrs Stonor, one of the ladies chosen to attend Anne Boleyn during her imprisonment in the Tower, Anne said of Smeaton: “I never spake with him since, […]

The May Day Joust – Trouble in Tudor Paradise

| May 1, 2010

The May Day Joust – Trouble in Tudor Paradise

(or Henry Norris with the dead men’s shoes at the May Day Joust!) The May Day joust of the 1st May 1536 should have been like every other May Day joust, it should have been a day of celebration, of fun and joy, instead it was to be the first outward sign that something was […]