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12 May 1536 – 4 men are tried for high treason – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 12, 2019

12 May 1536 – 4 men are tried for high treason – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, 12th May, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were tried for high treason at Westminster Hall. Spoiler alert – they were all found guilty and condemned to death. I explain more in today’s video. I’m doing these “Fall of Anne Boleyn” videos daily until 19th […]

30 April – Arrests and a royal argument

| April 30, 2019

30 April – Arrests and a royal argument

On this day in 1536, 30th April, musician Mark Smeaton was arrested and taken to the home of Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. What happened to him there over the next 24 hours is not known, but he ended up confessing to sleeping with Queen Anne Boleyn. Also, on this day, a theologian witnessed […]

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton and Henry Norris

| April 29, 2019

29 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton and Henry Norris

On this day in 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had encounters with two courtiers who would eventually be executed for allegedly sleeping with her and plotting with her to kill King Henry VIII. Find out about Sir Henry Norris and Mark Smeaton, and what happened when Anne encountered them on 29th April 1536, in today’s “Fall […]

30 April 1536 – A court musician is arrested and interrogated

| April 30, 2018

30 April 1536 – A court musician is arrested and interrogated

On this day in history, 30th April 1536, Mark Smeaton, a court musician, was arrested and taken to be interrogated by Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s main secretary and adviser, at his house in Stepney. We do not know what happened to Smeaton in during the time he spent in that house, but within 24 hours […]

17 May 1536 – Who were the men who were executed in May 1536?

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – Who were the men who were executed in May 1536?

In the “bloody days”, as Thomas Wyatt called them, of May 1536, not only was a queen executed, but also five courtiers. If we believe that Queen Anne Boleyn was innocent of all charges then these five men were innocent too and deserve to be remembered just as we remember Anne. Five families were rocked […]

17 May 1536 – Pray for the souls of those be dead and gone

| May 17, 2017

17 May 1536 – Pray for the souls of those be dead and gone

On this day in history, Wednesday 17th May 1536, five courtiers were beheaded on Tower Hill. Their names: Mark Smeaton, William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris and George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. Their crime: high treason; they had been found guilty of having sexual relations with Queen Anne Boleyn and of plotting with her […]

12 May 1536 – A trial and a hostile jury

| May 12, 2017

On this day in history, 12th May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were taken by barge from the Tower of London to Westminster and tried in Westminster Hall for high treason. The four men were tried by a special commission of oyer and terminer and any hopes of […]

30 April 1536 – The arrest of musician Mark Smeaton

| April 30, 2017

30 April 1536 – The arrest of musician Mark Smeaton

On this day in history, court musician Mark Smeaton was arrested and taken to Thomas Cromwell’s house in Stepney to be interrogated. It is not known what happened to Smeaton at Cromwell’s house. The Spanish Chronicle records that he was tortured with a rope and cudgel: “Then he [Cromwell] called two stout young fellows of […]