15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford are tried for treason

| May 15, 2017

On this day in history, Monday 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried for high treason in the King’s Hall of the royal palace at the Tower of London. Their fellow courtiers, Mark Smeaton, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and Sir Henry Norris, had been tried by […]

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, are tried

| May 15, 2016

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, are tried

On 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, were tried in separate trials in the King’s Hall at the Tower of London. As members of the aristocracy, the Boleyn siblings had been given the privilege of being tried by a jury of their peers, presided over by their uncle, […]

15 May 1536 – The Trials of Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

| May 15, 2015

15 May 1536 – The Trials of Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

According to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, on the morning of the 15th May 1536 Jane Seymour received a message from the King informing her that he would send her a further message at 3 o’clock regarding the “condemnation” of Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII was sure that Anne Boleyn was going to be found guilty […]

15 May 1536 – The Trial of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

| May 15, 2014

15 May 1536 – The Trial of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

Following Anne Boleyn’s departure from court, her brother George was brought in to face the same hostile jury. He was, of course, prejudiced by his sister’s conviction because she had been found guilty of incest with him and of conspiring to kill the King with him, but he still put up a spirited defence. So […]

12 May 1536 – Appointment of Lord High Steward of England

| May 12, 2014

12 May 1536 – Appointment of Lord High Steward of England

On 12th May 1536, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was appointed Lord High Steward of England in readiness for ruling, as Lord President, over the trials of Anne and George Boleyn. Thomas Howard was the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, and of Elizabeth Tilney. He was the brother of Elizabeth […]

15 May 1536 – The Trials of Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn

| May 15, 2013

15 May 1536 – The Trials of Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn

On the morning of 15th May 1536, while Anne Boleyn prepared herself for her trial, Jane Seymour received a message from the King telling her that “he would send her news at 3 o’clock of the condemnation of the putain.”1 Obviously there was no need for a trial, really, when the King already knew that […]