25 April – God will send unto Us heirs male – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| April 25, 2021

25 April – God will send unto Us heirs male – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On 25th April 1536, King Henry VIII wrote letters to his ambassadors abroad and the content was very interesting, and rather bizarre, for the king suddenly seemed very hopeful of a Prince of Wales. What was going on? Did he know something that everyone else didn’t? Find out more about what the king wrote in […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -21

| April 28, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -21

On this day in 1536, 28th April, Queen Anne Boleyn had just 21 days to live and something was definitely going on at King Henry VIII’s court. There were long council meetings, experts were being consulted, and the Lady Mary, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, was being given hope for the future. What was happening? Find […]

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -25

| April 24, 2020

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: Day -25

On 24th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had twenty-five days more to live. Could she have known that? No. But she was probably worrying about her husband’s interest in Jane Seymour, one of her ladies, and she may well have sensed that something was brewing. On this day in 1536, Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor […]

My book is number 2!

| January 9, 2018

My book is number 2!

It wouldn’t be quite right to say that I’m incredibly humbled by this – or perhaps I was but it didn’t last long – because here I am bragging about it and exploding with happiness and pride. Why? Because Lil from the Lil’s Vintage World YouTube channel, a book reviewer, has chosen my book The […]

8 May 1536 – Courtiers will be courtiers, or perhaps vultures

| May 8, 2017

8 May 1536 – Courtiers will be courtiers, or perhaps vultures

Before I go into details on today’s event of 1536, let’s just have a recap of the events so far: 24 April 1536 – Legal commissions are set up 25 April 1536 – Henry VIII writes to his ambassadors abroad 26 April 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn meets with her chaplain 27 April 1536 – […]

4 May 1536 – 2 more arrests and a letter of comfort

| May 4, 2017

4 May 1536 – 2 more arrests and a letter of comfort

4th May 1536 saw two more courtiers becoming prisoners at the Tower of London: Sir Francis Weston, a gentleman of Henry VIII’s privy chamber and a favourite of the king, and William Brereton, a prominent man in Cheshire and North Wales. There were now six people in the Tower as part of Thomas Cromwell’s investigation […]

9 May 1536 – Meetings and a jury called

| May 9, 2016

9 May 1536 – Meetings and a jury called

On this day in history, 9th May 1536, King Henry VIII wrote to Thomas Cromwell “commanding him to repair to the King to treat of matters relating to the surety of his person, his honor, and the tranquillity of the realm”. He also summoned a number of noblemen and gentlemen to a council meeting. On […]

8 May 1536 – Courtiers clamour over the spoils

| May 8, 2016

8 May 1536 – Courtiers clamour over the spoils

Here is an extract from my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown regarding what happened on this day in 1536: While Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, George Boleyn, Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt were in prison awaiting their trials, courtiers were already clamouring over […]