18th May 1536 – Postponement and Prayer

| May 18, 2010

18th May 1536 – Postponement and Prayer

On the night of the 17th/18th May 1536, while the carpenters built her scaffold within the grounds of the Tower of London, Anne prepared herself for her execution which was scheduled for 9am on the 18th. At 2am, her almoner, John Skip, arrived to pray with her and she was still in prayer when Archbishop […]

May 17, 1536 – Executions of George Boleyn and Others

| May 17, 2009

On this day in 1536, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and George Boleyn were all beheaded by axe on Tower Hill. The first four had all been sentenced to hanging, drawing and quartering, but the King commuted their sentences to beheading. Thomas Wyatt reported that George Boleyn made a speech defending […]