30 May 1533 – Sir Francis Weston is made a Knight of the Bath

| May 30, 2018

30 May 1533 – Sir Francis Weston is made a Knight of the Bath

I always find it weird going from marking the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution to writing about the celebrations for her coronation, but it’s the little things that really hit home. When I read the names of the men who were created Knight of the Bath on the night of 30/31 May 1533 and see […]

4 May 1536 – Two more men in the Tower of London and one man receives a message of comfort

| May 4, 2018

By 4th May 1536, there were four new prisoners in the Tower of London implicated in the same plot against the king: Queen Anne Boleyn; her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford; Sir Henry Norris, Henry VIII’s groom of the stool; and Mark Smeaton, a court musician. On 4th May, two more were added to their […]

17 May 1536 – Who were the men who were executed in May 1536?

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – Who were the men who were executed in May 1536?

In the “bloody days”, as Thomas Wyatt called them, of May 1536, not only was a queen executed, but also five courtiers. If we believe that Queen Anne Boleyn was innocent of all charges then these five men were innocent too and deserve to be remembered just as we remember Anne. Five families were rocked […]

17 May 1536 – Pray for the souls of those be dead and gone

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – Pray for the souls of those be dead and gone

On this day in history, Wednesday 17th May 1536, five courtiers were beheaded on Tower Hill. Their names: Mark Smeaton, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. Their crime: high treason; they had been found guilty of having sexual relations with Queen Anne Boleyn and of plotting with her […]

12 May 1536 – A trial and a hostile jury

| May 12, 2017

On this day in history, 12th May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were taken by barge from the Tower of London to Westminster and tried in Westminster Hall for high treason. The four men were tried by a special commission of oyer and terminer and any hopes of […]

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 […]

The men who died in 1536 video

| May 19, 2016

The men who died in 1536 video

Queen Anne Boleyn was, of course, not the only victim of her fall in 1536, five men were executed on 17th May 1536. Clare Cherry, my co-author (George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat), pays tribute to these men in this video talk. Remember to head over to www.madeglobal.com/3292/clare-cherry-men-died-may-1536/ and enter the giveaway for a […]

12 May 1536 – Four men tried for high treason

| May 12, 2016

12 May 1536 – Four men tried for high treason

On 12th May 1536, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton were escorted by barge from the Tower of London to Westminster by Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, for their trial. At Westminster Hall, the four men were brought before a special commission of oyer and terminer […]