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9 May 1536 – Meetings and Legal Proceedings

| May 9, 2013

9 May 1536 – Meetings and Legal Proceedings

On Tuesday 9th May 1536, Henry VIII wrote to Thomas Cromwell from Westminster Palace “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”1 No detail is given regarding the matters to be discussed. On the very same day, […]

9 May 1536 – Sheriffs Ordered to Organise a Grand Jury

| May 9, 2011

9 May 1536 – Sheriffs Ordered to Organise a Grand Jury

News on the Tudor Court grapevine is that the sheriffs of London were instructed to assemble a grand jury of “discreet and sufficient persons”1 to make a decision on alleged offences committed at Whitehall and Hampton Court Palace. Apparently, they have managed to organise a jury of 48 men who will go before the Chief […]

15th May 1536 – The Trial of Anne Boleyn

| May 15, 2010

15th May 1536 – The Trial of Anne Boleyn

On the 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was tried in the King’s Hall in the Tower of London. The trial was to be a huge public spectacle, attracting, according to Chapuys, around 2,000 spectators, so Sir William Kingston had arranged for a “great scaffold”1 (platform) to be erected in the middle of the hall, […]