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 I 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 […]

5 May 1536 – Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Richard Page and Sir Francis Bryan

| May 5, 2016

5 May 1536 – Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Richard Page and Sir Francis Bryan

You may have heard that five men were executed on 17th May 1536 after being found guilty of high treason for sleeping with Queen Anne Boleyn and plotting with her to kill the King, but did you know that three other men were implicated in her fall? These men were Anne’s relative, Sir Francis Bryan; […]

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

| April 28, 2016

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

On 28th April 1536, it was reported that the king’s council was meeting every day and that Thomas Cromwell had been meeting with Dr Richard Sampson, a royal chaplain, Dean of Lichfield and an expert on canon law, for the past four days “continually”. Just what was going on at Henry VIII’s court? Read more…

25 April 1536 – God will send unto us heirs male

| April 25, 2016

25 April 1536 – God will send unto us heirs male

On this day in history, 25th April 1536, a day after the commissions of oyer and terminer had been set up by Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor, King Henry VIII wrote letters to his ambassadors abroad: Richard Pate in Rome, and Stephen Gardiner and John Wallop in Paris. In these letters, he referred to Anne Boleyn […]

Queen Anne Boleyn’s alleged crimes

| May 11, 2015

Queen Anne Boleyn’s alleged crimes

Following on from the rulings of the Grand Juries of Middlesex and Kent on the 10th and 11th May 1536, I wanted to share with you an extract from my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown about the indictments and Anne Boleyn’s alleged crimes. If we combine the Kent and Middlesex Indictments, we […]

11 May 1536 – The ruling of the Grand Jury of Kent

| May 11, 2015

11 May 1536 – The ruling of the Grand Jury of Kent

On 11th May 1536, the Grand Jury of Kent met on 11th May in front of Chief Justice John Baldwin and six of his colleagues at Deptford. They met to rule on the alleged crimes committed at Greenwich Palace, East Greenwich, and Eltham Palace by Queen Anne Boleyn, Sir Henry Norris, Sir William Brereton, Sir […]

9 May 1536 – Council Meetings and Juries

| May 9, 2015

9 May 1536 – Council Meetings and Juries

On 9th May 1536, King Henry VIII sent a message 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” and also summoned a number of noblemen and gentlemen to a council meeting. While Henry VIII […]