19 May 1536 – To Jesus Christ I commend my soul

| May 19, 2015

19 May 1536 – To Jesus Christ I commend my soul

I’m not sure whether Anne Boleyn got any sleep on the night of the 18th/19th May. She was certainly up at dawn, celebrating the Mass and receiving the sacrament from her almoner John Skip. She then ate breakfast and waited for Sir William Kingston, Constable of the Tower of London, to come and collect her. […]

Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions by G W Bernard – Two New Reviews

| March 30, 2011

Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions by G W Bernard – Two New Reviews

I reviewed historian G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions” when it first came out last year – click here to read my review – so I was interested to read two new reviews of it, one by my friend Gareth Russell over at his blog “Confessions of a Ci-Devant” and another by Susan Walters […]

Mark Smeaton with the Marmalade in the Cupboard

| April 30, 2010

Mark Smeaton with the Marmalade in the Cupboard

On this day in history, the 30th April 1536, Mark Smeaton was taken to Thomas Cromwell’s house in Stepney and interrogated. Within 24 hours he had confessed to making love to the Queen, Anne Boleyn, three times. It is likely that the note that Henry VIII received at the May Day joust, the next day, […]

Did Anne Boleyn Commit Incest with Her Brother?

| February 23, 2010

Did Anne Boleyn Commit Incest with Her Brother?

If you’re like me, you are eagerly awaiting the publication of G W Bernard’s “Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions” which comes out in April (May in the USA). Why? Because this is one historian who believes that Anne could actually have been guilty of adultery and worse, incest. Most historians these days are sympathetic to Anne’s […]