5 May 1536 – 8 prisoners in the Tower now – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 5, 2019

By 5th May 1536, there were eight prisoners in the Tower of London: Queen Anne Boleyn and seven men implicated in her fall. Who were they? Another man had also been called to London for questioning. What was going on? I explain all in today’s video. I’m doing these “Fall of Anne Boleyn” videos daily […]

2 February 1550 – Sir Francis Bryan dies

| February 2, 2017

On 2nd February 1550, in the reign of King Edward VI, the courtier, diplomat and poet nicknamed “the Vicar of Hell”, Sir Francis Bryan, died suddenly at Clonmel in County Tipperary, Ireland. Sir Francis Bryan was born c.1490 and was the first surviving son of Sir Thomas Bryan and Lady Margaret Bryan (née Bourchier). His […]

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

| May 5, 2016

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; […]

7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

| February 7, 2016

On this day in history, 7th February 1526, the traditional Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The joust’s theme was unrequited love. Henry Courtenay, Marquess of Exeter, and his team of men wore green velvet and crimson satin embroidered with burning hearts. Above these hearts, a lady’s hand was depicted coming out of a […]

2 February 1550 – Death of Sir Francis Bryan, “the Vicar of Hell”

| February 2, 2016

On this day in history, 2nd February 1550, Sir Francis Bryan, courtier, diplomat, poet and a man nicknamed “the Vicar of Hell”, died suddenly at Clonmel in Ireland. He had settled in Ireland after marrying Joan Butler, Dowager Countess of Ormond, and had travelled to Tipperary as Lord Justice “to check the incursions of the […]

5 May 1536 – More interrogations and arrests

| May 5, 2015

By 5th May 1536, two other men had been imprisoned in the Tower of London and another courtier had been ordered to London for questioning. In 1538, Robert Hobbes, Abbot of Woburn, made a declaration “as touching the accusations of his adversaries proposed against him unto the King’s most honourable Council” and mentioned Sir Francis […]

5 May 1536 – More Arrests

| May 5, 2014

On 5th May 1536, Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Elder, the renowned court poet, and Sir Richard Page, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, were arrested and imprsoned in the Tower of London. There were now 8 prisoners in the Tower of London in the coup against the Boleyns: Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir […]

5 May 1536 – More Men in the Tower of London

| May 5, 2013

By 5th May 1536, two further arrests had taken place: courtier, poet and diplomat Sir Thomas Wyatt, and Sir Richard Page, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. Neither man was named in the indictments of May 1536 and they were subsequently released. You can find out more about Page in my article Sir Richard Page […]