8 May 1536 – Courtiers clamour over the spoils

| May 8, 2016

8 May 1536 – Courtiers clamour over the spoils

Here is an extract from my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown regarding what happened on this day in 1536: While Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, George Boleyn, Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt were in prison awaiting their trials, courtiers were already clamouring over […]

8 May 1536 – The vultures begin to circle

| May 8, 2015

8 May 1536 – The vultures begin to circle

On 8th May 1536, while Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, Sir William Brereton, George Boleyn, Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt were in prison at the Tower of London, courtiers were busy writing letters to put forward their claims for offices and titles that may soon become vacant. In […]

8 May 1536 – The Vultures Descend

| May 8, 2014

8 May 1536 – The Vultures Descend

On 8th May 1536, just over a week after the first arrest and four days before the trial of Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton, courtiers were already clamouring over the spoils that may result from their falls from grace. These men had not been found guilty of anything yet, […]

8 May 1536 – Vultures Hover over the Spoils of the Fallen

| May 8, 2013

8 May 1536 – Vultures Hover over the Spoils of the Fallen

It was the way of the Tudor court, as men fell from favour others were waiting in the wings to mop up the crumbs and gain from their fall. It seems brutal to us today, but I guess it’s human nature; there are always people looking to see how they can gain from another’s misfortune. […]

8 May 1536 – Clamouring for the Spoils

| May 8, 2011

8 May 1536 – Clamouring for the Spoils

Queen Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, George Boleyn (Lord Rochford), Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt are all in prison and, as yet, have not been to trial, yet courtiers are already clamouring over the spoils that may result from their fall from grace. It really is sickening […]

The Vultures Gather

| May 9, 2010

The Vultures Gather

As I read through Letters and Papers to look at primary source evidence for the events leading up to the execution of Anne Boleyn on the 19th May 1536, it sickens me to see how the vultures were gathering to ensure that they had their share of the spoils even before the trials of Anne […]